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.

Winter

  • 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.

Spring

Summer

  • 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.

Fall

  • 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!

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 soon-to-be first-time mom and renegade fitness blogger at After the Couch. I live in Brewer with my husband, Tony, and our two pugs, Georgia and Scoop.