Monday, December 31, 2012

2013 - The Year of Triathlons

It's that time of year, the time of year when people start making New Year's resolutions.  Last year I talked about how I don't like to make resolutions, rather I would prefer to set goals.


I called 2012 the year of the marathon and 2013 is going to be the year of triathlons, with some marathons thrown in there for good measure!


Racing

  • Run a smarter and faster marathon than Wineglass.  
  • Run a sub-5 hour marathon, at least once.
  • Run a sub-2 hour half marathon. I WILL do this if it is the only thing I accomplish in 2013.
  • PR in the 5K with a 24:xx time.
  • PR in the 10K with a 53:xx time. 
  • Run a 30K, automatic PR.
  • Finish a marathon with Mike by my side. He might need some convincing but I hope he will run the MDI marathon next to me, rather than ahead of me.

General

  • Run at least two races with friends by my side, whether I am pacing them, they are pacing me or it is just for fun.
  • Participate in at least three running relays, gotta keep up my status as a relayniac!
  • Race in at least two new states. 
  • Volunteer at a race at least once.
  • Be Mike's cheerleader at a race where only he is participating.  He did this twice for me this year and I need to return the favor, hopefully he picks a race that I won't be too jealous I'm not running!
  • Run 1,500 miles for the year.
  • Race at least 13 times, I'm doing 13 in 2013 (variety of distances).
  • Run another trail race.


Racing

  • Complete a 70.3 distance triathlon, with a smile on my face.
  • Participate in at least four USAT sanctioned events. This is mainly so that becoming a USAT member was worth it!
  • Compete in a cycling-only event.  
  • Compete in a triathlon on a relay team.

General

  • Go for a group bike ride. 
  • Ride around at least two more of the Finger Lakes. 
  • Become comfortable with general maintenance of my bike, and buy accessories that we need for them.
  • Become faster on the bike, my weakest leg of the triathlon. 
  • Swim, bike and run a total of 2,013 miles for the year (with my goal of 1,500 for running that means I need to swim and bike a total of 513 miles).


  • Remain injury free! I think this is a yearly goal.
  • Organize and display our race bibs and medals.
  • Start scrapbooking our running/triathlon journey.  I fell off the wagon with scrapbooking and hopefully this will get me back in the groove! 
  • Strength train as much as possible. 

What are your goals for 2013?

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Recap of My 2012 Goals

Last week I shared with you how my year of triathlon-ing went, but now it is time to see how I did with the goals that I set for myself.  I revisited and reevaluated some of them in July, and it is crazy to say that we are now only a few days away from 2013! As much as 2012 was a great year for us, I am looking forward to a new year.


Without further ado, here's my 2012 goal recap:

Completed Goals

Running - Racing

Before the 5K where I ran my current PR

  • Run a smart, well-trained marathon, more specifically Wineglass on September 30, 2012. In general this was completed, I think the smart part of the plan went out the window when I realized that Mike wasn't going to share this accomplishment with me.  I am a marathoner though!
  • Crush my current 10K PR with a sub-1 hour time.  I did this at one of the Freezeroo races and during the Around the Bay 30K relay. Other than one other Freezeroo race (which was actually over 10K) we didn't run any other 10Ks this year, that is going to change next year!
  • PR in the 5K with a 25:xx time.  This happened THREE times! First I ran 25:53 at this race, then I ran 25:48 here, and my new 5K PR of 25:36 happened a few weeks ago.
  • Finish a 15K race (automatic PR). We ran the Boilermaker and my current 15K PR is 1:26:42.

Running - General

1,000 miles


Triathlon - Racing

 Finishing up my second triathlon

  • Compete in a duathlon.  Check, Formula 1 distance no less!
  • Compete in a triathlon or two. Or two: Keuka Lake and SkinnyMan.

Triathlon - General

 Swimming with the RATS

  • Train with other triathletes. In July I wasn't sure if this was going to happen, but Mike and I joined the RATS (Rochester Area Triathletes) and we went to a few of their workouts.  

General Goals 

 One of my breakfasts during the clean food cleanse

  • Try a clean food cleanse and/or a juice cleanse.  I wasn't 100% successful but I did it.
  • Drink more water!! I would say that I was successful with this goal, I often go for water over other drinks now.
  • Remain injury free! Thankfully, I never had a huge setback this year.  Considering how much we did, racing and training, a few tweaks here and there are to be expected.  I was smart and took rest days or did a lighter intensity workout when I needed to.

Unaccomplished (for now) Goals:

Running - Racing

  • Run a sub-4:45 marathon! Nope, but that's alright. I didn't even acheive my previous goal, before Mike had me change it, of sub-5 hours.  I finished Wineglass in 5:01:23, but considering the mental battle I faced I am happy with that time.  
  • Run a sub-2 hour half marathon. I already wrote about my struggle with achieving a sub-2 half marathon, here

Triathlon - General

  • Become comfortable using my bike and general maintenance of it. I would say this was half accomplished, I am comfortable on my bike but I still don't know how to change a tire, a tube, etc.

General Goals

  • Strength train twice a week. Started the year off well and recently we have been lifting weights again, but I definitely DIDN'T strength train twice a week.
  • Try a new recipe once a week and only go out to eat on special occasions. This was an ambitious goal and we only tried 27 new recipes.  We did reduce the amount that we went out to eat but sometimes we were too tired, traveling, or just felt like going out to eat.  I am still proud of what I accomplished with this goal, though.
  • By the end of the year stop drinking soda. Another long shot. I still drink soda, but some weeks I don't have any at all.  I do drink more water, juice and tea than soda now so I am happy.  Maybe someday I will stop drinking soda, maybe.

Regardless of not accomplishing some of my goals, I had a GREAT year.  Here are some of the highlights, in photos:

 12 months of racing

Training and racing with friends and family

A duathlon and two triathlons

Cheering on others and volunteering

Well there you have it! I had 21 goals for 2012, and I accomplished 15 of them.  Of the 6 that I didn't accomplish, you better believe that I am going to make some of them my goal for 2013.  You'll just have to wait until tomorrow to find out which ones!

Did you set goals for 2012? How did you do?

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Post Christmas Blues 5K Race Recap

Today I ran my 29th race of the year! Pretty perfect that it happened on December 29th, and it was in the town where Mike and I got married.

The original plan was to pace this lady to a sub-30 minute 5K.

Rocking the sock arm warmers

Mike and I ran into Sarah, her husband and son at our last 5K and I knew that she really wanted to run a sub-30 minute 5K there.  She came really close and I offered to pace her in another 5K before the end of the year if she wanted.  She found the Post Christmas Blues 5K in Canandaigua, New York and the plan was set in place.

Unfortunately, we are getting our second round of snow in just a few days and the roads we were running on were not ideal for a sub-30 minute 5K effort.  

When Mike and I got to the high school where the start was located, we dropped off our two pairs of shoes that we were donating for a reduced registration fee (only $15 each!) and then we found Sarah, Rob and Danger.  

Mike decided to run with Rob and Danger, who were competing in the father/son division, and I was running with Sarah.  Sarah and Danger were competing in the mother/son division and Mike and I were in the husband/wife division.  

At the start, which was a typical "oh there's the horn, let's go" kind of start, I noticed that we were at close to 9 minute pace.  I told Sarah we should slow down, which we did, and then shortly after I knew that our goals needed to change.  The roads were SLUSH and it was hard to traipse through the snow.  

I just focused on keeping Sarah going and tried to talk to her as much as possible.  I even did some run-dancing in an effort to make her laugh!  The course was really nice and if the weather had been better I KNOW that she would have killed her goal.  I enjoyed running through the snowy roads and took in as much of the scenery as I could.

Before I knew it, we were heading down the final road and the finish line was in sight.  We picked up the pace a little bit, saw Mike, Rob and Danger on the sidelines and we were done.

Our time was a little over 38 minutes, but that didn't matter.  We accomplished the new goal: we crossed the finish line with smiles and laughs on our faces.  Mike, Rob and Danger finished the race in about 33 minutes.

 Us after the race! (I wore my new Saucony jacket and Tommie Copper tights)

After it was over we got some food and awaited the results.  We didn't win any of the team divisions (but Sarah and Danger probably came in second in the mother/son division) BUT Danger did come in third in his age group!

This was a nice way to end the year and I probably won't run again this year, which leaves my yearly mileage at 1,003.91. I'll take it!

Do you like racing in the snow? Have you ever changed your goals during a race?

Friday, December 28, 2012

I Did It!!

Today I ran my 1,000th mile of 2012 (really 1,000.75 but who's counting?)!

Running my first (through 7.5) miles on January 1, 2012

I ran these miles in 28 (will be 29 tomorrow) races, ranging from the 5K distance to a full marathon. I ran them as part of three relays. I ran them in New York, Maine, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada. 

 Running in Ontario, Canada during a relay

I ran them at the end of BRICK workouts, during training plans and just for fun. I ran them outside, on pavement, concrete, boardwalks, gravel and trails. I ran them inside on treadmills and an indoor track. I ran them happy, sad and angry. I ran them to forget and I ran them to remember. I ran them at the beginning and end of a duathlon and at the end of two triathlons. I ran them slow and fast, and everywhere in between. I ran PRs and I struggled just to finish. 

At the end of our second triathlon

I ran for speed and I ran for distance. I ran two-a-days and some days I didn't want to run (but I did). I ran them with a smile on my face and with tears in my eyes. I ran them alone, with Mike, family and friends (new and old). I ran them with purpose and determination, and sometimes for no reason at all. Some days I felt like I was flying and other days I felt like I was crawling. I ran them in the morning, afternoon and evening. I ran them on the coast, in the mountains, in the city and in the country. I ran them in the rain, sun, snow and wind. I ran them in the cold and I ran them in the heat.

 At the end of my first marathon, with tears in my eyes

In the end, it doesn't matter HOW, WHY, WHERE or WHEN I ran. It just matters that I DID.

 After hitting 1,000 miles on December 28, 2012