Dec 31, 2011

Ringing in the New Year

Here's my opinion about New Year's Resolutions: if it's important enough to be a New Year's Resolution, it's important enough to be a Today Resolution.

I'm not a huge 'resolutions' kind of girl, but since I started running, I've taken to the idea of making New Year's Goals. My goals for the 2011 year were:

run a sub 2 hour half marathon
Yep, this didn't quite happen. I made this goal shortly after running my first half in 2:28. In February I ran my second half, finishing in 2:13. Then for three months I did speed drills and finished my third half in 2:10. As I began marathon training, I signed up for my fourth half on a whim and came the closest to my goal, finishing in just over 2:03.

run/hike the Grand Canyon, South Rim to North Rim

After reading book after book, article after article, about how dangerous it is to cross the Grand Canyon in one day, I was starting to doubt my good-sense about my own crossing. I'm so glad I did it though, and as I wrote in my recap, "it was truly one of the greatest, most exhilarating experiences of my entire life." And up to this point, it has been one of my proudest accomplishments. You can read my recap here and here.

continue to shave time off my 5k and 10k PRs
One unexpected benefit from marathon training has been increased speed. I didn't think running longer, slower distances would help me to run faster, shorter ones, but it did. My 5k time went from 32+ minutes to 24:50; my 10k went from an hour+ down to 55:40. I'm pretty proud of the amount of sweat and tears that have gone into those times!

bite the bullet and wear my super-cool, double water bottle, fanny-pack hydration belt on my longer runs
I tried wearing that super cool fanny-pack, but ended up getting matching chafing marks on each butt cheek from the water bottles. Since then I switched to a camelbak and haven't looked back!

possibly, maybe... run a full marathon (???)
DONE! This was the one goal I had the least confidence in making... but on November 5th, I became a marathoner! I look forward to more marathons in my future.

And now some short and sweet 2012 Goals

-continue running injury free
-run a stinking half marathon in under 2 hours
-run a full marathon in/under 4:30
-finish the New Rules of Lifting routine
-run the 2012 Marine Corps Marathon
-continue to shave time off my 5k and 10k PRs

What was your proudest moment of 2011?

What are some of your goals for 2012?


  1. you had an amazing year, congrats! I can't wait to see what 2012 brings you. You have definitely gotten super speedy. Happy New year!

  2. damn really have rocked the speed!

    that is my #1 goal for 2012..speed, speed and More speed!

  3. Awesome job! Proudest moment was running the NYC marathon (same day as yours???). Goal for 2012: develop monthly attainable goals. First up: run at least a mile everyday in January!

  4. That is so amazing that you have improved so should be super proud!! I didn't really make goals for this year but I have been slowly planning out my races for the year :)

  5. Meg- I'm almost fast enough to run with you!! lol =)

    Rebecca- You can do it!!! Speed is totally obtainable!

    Kristin- I'll bet the NYC marathon was amazing! Setting attainable goals is very wise!

    Kim- I need to know if any of your races are going to bring you down to the NC area!