2013, here I come

I’ve thought a lot about what I want to do this year.

When I started running, I made sure to keep my goals reasonable. Achievable. I wanted to have earn little victories that would build on each other.

And that’s what’s kept me running. But this year I’m willing to set a mark high and bust my ass to see what I can do.


  • Get my knee checked out. Give it time to fully heal.
  • Accept that I might have to run the Mid-Winter Classic easy, or take it off this year if my knee hasn’t healed.
  • Swim at least 8 times a month until April. Get my 525 time down to 9:15. (I swam it in 9:47 in November).
  • Continue strength training 3 times a week until April.
  • Learn how to ski well enough that I don’t have to stick to the trails 5-year-olds feel comfortable on.



  • Run the Bay of Fundy International Marathon. No time, just have fun. It’s probably going to be hot.
  • Buy a wetsuit. Try to do open water swimming at least once a week.
  • Learn how to change a flat tire on my bike.
  • Bike at least 30 miles a week from June to October, including some fun trips. Maybe this will be the year I talk Tony into getting a road bike?
  • Run some 5Ks, like the Triple Crown races, and stick with track club. Don’t let marathon training keep me from short races.


  • Run a sub 4:10-marathon at the Maine Marathon.
  • Run a sub-24 minute 5K.
  • Repeat many of the races I did this year, like Reach the Beach, the Lake Auburn Half marathon, and the Women’s Half Marathon.

I love reading your goals for next year, too. Thanks for coming along for the ride!

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Pattie Reaves

About Pattie Reaves

By day, I'm the User Experience and Audience Manager for the Bangor Daily News. By night, I'm a new mom and renegade fitness blogger at After the Couch. I live in Brewer with my husband, Tony, our daughter Felicity, and our two pugs, Georgia and Scoop.