2014 Running Resolutions – Round UP

A few hours ago, I ran my last mile of 2014! Then I ate my last burrito of the year, and now the final blog post. We’re having a pretty low key new year’s over here: just some relaxing on the couch, catching up on the walking dead, and plowing through episodes of buffy the vampire slayer. Can you think of a better way to ring in the new year? I really can’t. Although, one of these days I would like to find a race that starts at 11:45pm, so I can run right into the next year. Anyone else interested in this, or is it just me?

2014-12-31 17.44.00These feet have run their last 2014 mile.

Now, time for some administrative detail, aka: the last time you have to hear me yapping about 2014 resolutions! One thing I think I learned this year is that keeping monthly tabs on my resolutions is a bit excessive. For 2015, I’ll give less frequent check-ins, but more on that later…like, when I get around to a resolution post. All in good time, folks.

Let’s hop back to my list of resolutions, taken directly from my original post about it way back in january.

Amy’s 2014 Running Goals and Resolutions

 1.) Complete a 1/2 Marathon in Under 2 Hours – DONE! This is the first one I knocked off the list back in April. I put in a LOT of work for this one, and it was awesome, and hard, and so worth it!

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2.) Keep up with my Running Blog – DONE! I’d say I get a big fat A on this one! Specifically, I wanted to post regularly, and also follow and comment on other blogs. I totally did both.

 3.) Run a Marathon – I spent more than half a year deciding whether or not I wanted to do it, and then DONE! Training was good, but man was the race a rough one. I didn’t hit any of the time goals I set (even the “easy” ones), but hey done is done, right?

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 4.) Keep a Running Journal – I tried. I hated it. DONE!

5.) Join a Running Club – NOPE. I made an effort at this one, but then I backed out. How antisocial is it to not join a running club because I think I’ll probably move away in the next year, so I don’t want to bother meeting new people? That sounds bad, doesn’t it? It’s totally on the list though, for when I do move, and want to meet new people in my new place.

6.) VolunteerDONE! And it was kind of fun. If another opportunity presents itself; I’d do it again. I’ll need to find some more free time first, though.

 7.) Run 2014! (kilometers, that is) – NOPE…not even close really. Even when I lowered my goal from 1250 miles to 1000, I still couldn’t quite muster it. But, I knew this one was a bit of a stretch to begin with, so I’ll take my 950+ miles with a smile. 🙂

 8.) Beat Jeff’s 5k PR NOPE. I didn’t do any 5k specific training, but last year, I got faster anyways. I guess now that I’m 30, that doesn’t happen anymore. haha! Next year though…5k, I’m coming for you!

All in all, not too bad!

How’d you do on your 2014 list? Chances are, I already know…I swear, I’ve read a million 2014 resolution wrap-up posts! For those of you haven’t written one, but plan to, I look forward to reading it!

Cheers! 

 

2014 Resolution Check-In – It’s November Already?!

Two months to go in 2014! That went quickly, didn’t it? It’s been quite the year so far. Let’s take a look at where I am on my running resolutions. Hopefully I don’t have too many left. 🙂

You can find the detailed list here.

 1. Complete a 1/2 Marathon in Under 2 Hours – Done! 4.27.2014

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Woot!

2. Keep up with my Running Blog – Success! – I’m killing it at this one.

3. Run a Marathon – Check! Most recent resolution crossed off the list.

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My form looks pretty similar to above….but I was going oh so much slower.

4. Keep a Running Journal – Done! I learned that running journals aren’t my thing.

5. Join a Running Club – I decided that I’m not doing this…another year, I think.

6. Volunteer – Check! I stuffed packets like a boss!

7. Run 1000 miles – (Revised down from 2014k/1250 miles) – Working on it…about 135 miles to go.

8. Beat Jeff’s 5k PR – I’ve got two (maybe) holiday 5ks in mind. We’ll see how my legs are feeling after marathon recovery.

So, that’s my progress so far. It’s crunch time!

How are you doing on your resolutions? Done yet? Still keeping track?

2014 Resolution Check-In: Bring it, August!

Somehow, July is over. Time flies when you’re having fun! So, here’s where I’m at with my resolutions (detailed list here).

I started with a list of 8 goals, so far I have completed three: Run a 1/2 Marathon in Under 2 Hours, Keep up with my Running Blog, and Keep a Running Journal.

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Oh, yeah!

I’m working on/planning out three: Run a Marathon (I’m “this” close to signing up for a marathon, and I think that’s going to happen this month), Volunteer (At the end of July I signed up to volunteer at a race which is happening in early August.), and Run 1,000 miles (I’m at 545 miles for the year. This is a little behind schedule, but I’m closing the gap and I’m not worried about it.)

I’ve changed my mind about one: Join a Running Club –  I’m postponing this one for a while. I didn’t love the options the local club has for group runs, and right now I’m happy with the way my running schedule is and I don’t want to change it. I think this one may be coming off the to do list until the next time we move (not that we have set plans to move right now), and I want to meet new people.

And the last resolution, I’ve made no effort towards, but I’m hoping it will just happen: Beat Jeff’s 5k PR, which is 3 seconds faster than my 5k PR from last December. He helped pace me to my PR, and we didn’t even realize how close he was to beating his PR, so I threw it on the list thinking, “Wouldn’t it be neat if….”. We’ll see what comes of it.

I’m happy with my progress, and am excited to cross another one off the list in August. 

How are you doing on your resolutions? 

Juuune, she’ll change her tune… – 2014 Resolution Check-In

My title is stolen from April Come She Will – great song. Who doesn’t love some Simon & Garfunkel? Anyways, not to be confusing, I know it’s July, but this post is recapping my goals through June, so it makes sense. Plus, in June I got to the point of the year when I started asking myself why I wanted to do some of these things in the first place which makes the lyric even more appropriate. Because I’m changing my tune. Get it?

Anyways, let’s see where I’m at (detailed list here).

 1. Complete a 1/2 Marathon in Under 2 Hours – SUCCESS! 4.27.2014

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I just keep this same pic in every resolution post. You didn’t remember that until I mentioned it, did you?

2. Keep up with my Running Blog – SUCCESS! – I’m killing it at this one.

3. Run a Marathon – Ummm, errrr….we’ll see. I MAY BE CHANGING MY TUNE. 

4. Keep a Running Journal – Success? I did this for 3 weeks. I hated it. For quite awhile I thought I should try again, but I don’t think I’m going to. I think the training log I have is too intense for me, and it ended up making me feel bad about myself.

5. Join a Running Club – I emailed someone about this; that’s progress! 

6. Volunteer – Nothing on this front. If I manage to ever get myself to a running club, they will have races for me to volunteer at.

7. Run 1000 miles – I was at 444 miles by the end of June, so I have a little ground to make up. This is another goal I changed my tune on; originally it was to run 2014 km (1250 miles). 

8. Beat Jeff’s 5k PR – Currently I have no plans to train for this effort, so we’ll see how that goes. 

So, that’s my progress so far. I don’t think I’ll be crossing any off the list this month since I haven’t yet and July is already half over. (True to the song again! – July, she will fly, and give no warning to her flight). But I’ll make some more progress towards my 1000 miles goal, and maybe also the run club one.

How are you doing on your resolutions? Done yet? Change any? And isn’t it crazy how much sense that song made in my post? 

Welcome to June – 2014 Resolution Check-In & Other Info

It’s June already; where does the time go? May was mostly recovery for me, so I didn’t make much progress on the list, but I’m still going to check-in on my resolutions (detailed list here). At the very least, it’s a refresher on what I should be working on.

 1. Complete a 1/2 Marathon in Under 2 Hours – SUCCESS! 4.27.2014

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2. Keep up with my Running Blog – SUCCESS! – as long as I don’t blow it later in the year.

3. Run a Marathon – Undecided.

4. Keep a Running Journal – Success, but I hated it. I might try again. We’ll see.

5. Join a Running Club – I haven’t done this yet. I really should get on this one. 

6. Volunteer – Haven’t done this yet. I’ll shoot for finding a local race to help out at over the summer.

7. Run 1000 miles – I’m at about 385 for the year so far. It’s a little shy of where I should be, but not insurmountable.  

8. Beat Jeff’s 5k PR – Planning to attempt this sometime in the fall. I don’t really have a plan for any target workouts, I’m just hoping that running long will make me fast like last fall/winter.

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In other news, I’ve been doing a Summer Stretching Streak in place of the Summer Running streak. I am a notoriously bad stretcher, but have had some issues with tight hamstrings and calf muscles. I know it would be good for me, but I just can’t ever seem to keep it up.  Just like the run streak, I started on Memorial Day, and so far so good! I’ve now stretched for 7 consecutive days.  This is some kind of crazy record! I deserve ice-cream or something!

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I did a quick 25 min easy run yesterday. I went out at 9:30 AM and it was HOT! I can’t believe last week it was in the 40s and now we’re up to the 70s! Yes, I know that it’s not that hot, but it really feels like it because of the drastic jump. I better start getting myself ready for running in the heat. Whatever that means!

How are your resolutions going? Are you doing a streak? Is it getting hot where you are?

 

It’s May – 2014 Resolution Check-In

Hey, it’s May! Time to check-in on my resolutions (detailed list here).

 1. Complete a 1/2 Marathon in Under 2 Hours – SUCCESS! 4.27.2014

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2. Keep up with my Running Blog – SUCCESS! – as long as I don’t blow it later in the year.

3. Run a Marathon – Cape Cod? Manchester? Time to start training! More on this later.

4. Keep a Running Journal – Success, but I hated it. I’m going to try again.

5. Join a Running Club – I hear they do group runs of 5 or 8 miles on Saturdays. I haven’t done anything with this information, but I know it. And knowing is half the battle.

6. Volunteer – Haven’t done this yet. I’ll shoot for finding a local race to help out at over the summer.

7. Run 2014! (kilometers, that is) – This one is officially changing; 2014k (1250 miles) was an aggressive goal, and I’m just not going to make it. I’d have to run more miles per month for the rest of the year than I did in the peak of marathon training last year. That’s unrealistic. I am now aiming to Run 1000 miles in 2014. This is 100 more miles than last year. 

8. Beat Jeff’s 5k PR – I’m thinking Fall or Winter for this one. I’m not sure I’ll run a 5k before then.

I think I’m keeping on track so far. The year is not even half over!

First week of April – Resolution Check-In

Well, it’s April. It doesn’t exactly feel like April because Spring has taken it’s sweet time getting here, but the calendar still says it’s time to check in on my resolutions (detailed list here).

  1.  Complete a 1/2 Marathon in Under 2 Hours – I’ll be attempting this at the end of the month!
  2.  Keep up with my Running Blog – Could not be doing better!
  3.  Run a Marathon – I’m 100% sure I want to do one in the fall. Just need to pick it and sign up. And train for it of course. 🙂
  4. Keep a Running Journal – I did this for 4 weeks and did not like it. I still want to give it another chance, though so I’m keeping it on the list for now.
  5. Join a Running Club – I think I’m going to do this after the half marathon.
  6. Volunteer – I’ve been checking out some options on Volunteer Match, but haven’t signed up for anything yet.
  7. Run 2014! (kilometers, that is) – I need to run 113 miles per month for the rest of the year to do this. Given my normal training load, that seems pretty unlikely. But it’s not impossible. I’ll probably revise this down to a more realistic goal when it moves from unlikely to impossible. I am not upset about this at all; I’m psyched about my mileage this year. Last March I ran 27.8 miles (I wasn’t even injured), this March I ran 102.5 miles. I have run twice as many miles this year as I had at the same time last year. That feels like success to me.
  8. Beat Jeff’s 5k PR – No progress on this goal, but I am doing speed work for half training, does that count?

Fun Fact: I don’t like making posts without pictures in them. I’m not really sure I have one that fits for this post, so I’m not even going to try. Here’s a picture of some Panda cupcakes Jeff and I made a couple years ago.

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Too cute to eat? Ha!

It’s March – Resolution Check-In

I feel like I just gave an update from January (probably because I didn’t do that until February was almost half over.) Time to check in on my resolutions (detailed list here).

  1.  Complete a 1/2 Marathon in Under 2 Hours – Training is going well, I did a 10 mile long run last week!
  2.  Keep up with my Running Blog – Check! I’ve upped my goal to two posts per week. And I’m enjoying reading all the other running blogs I’ve found, too. 🙂
  3.  Run a Marathon – I’ve got my eyes on the Cape Cod Marathon in the fall, but nothing’s set in stone.
  4. Keep a Running Journal –  I fell a little behind on the journal, but it’s not a lost cause. I don’t think I really like it. I’m hoping to stick with it at least through the half marathon.
  5. Join a Running Club – Not yet. Waiting until I’m ready to start running outside (it was 5F out this morning?!), because that’s where running clubs meet up.
  6. Volunteer – Not yet.
  7. Run 2014! (kilometers, that is) – I’m pretty far behind. I think I bit off more than I can chew with this one, and I might have to downgrade this to a more realistic 1,000 miles.  I’m pretty happy with how much I’ve been running, though, so it’s not a big deal. (138 miles so far this year! Compared to 93 miles at this time last year.)
  8. Beat Jeff’s 5k PR – Not yet; haven’t run a 5k yet this year.

I’m happy with my progress so far, and I’m looking forward to keeping at it in March! Who can believe it’s March already?!

And March means St. Patrick's day!

And March means St. Patrick’s day!

Ah, Ireland. Someday we will reunite.

Ah, Ireland. Someday we will reunite.

 

2014 Running Resolutions

In case you don’t already know this about me, I am OBSESSED with resolutions.  I don’t know what it is about them, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE making them and coming up with a plan to follow them.  I usually make a lot of New Year’s resolutions, and this year was no exception.  Sure, when you have 20+ resolutions you don’t always accomplish them (well, basically you never accomplish them all), but if you go into it with that understanding, it’s fine. Some are always more important and become the ones I focus on.  And you can’t always be sure in January what the year will be like so maybe some will fall off the list as unimportant or others will be added.

After almost 2 weeks of thinking it through, I now have my final list of resolutions – broken down by category. 🙂 I’m going to share with you my resolutions from the running category (of course!). So, with no further ado, in order of importance, and with detailed commentary..

Amy’s 2014 Running Goals and Resolutions

  1.  Complete a 1/2 Marathon in Under 2 Hours – My current PR in the 1/2 is 2 hours and 55 seconds, so you might think that breaking 2 hours should be no problem.  But, I fought hard for that time. It was back in 2010, and my goal then was to break 2 hours (what would have been about a 10 minute PR). I trained hard, and ran a great race, but just could not go any faster.  It was so disappointing.  I was in good shape then and probably could have scheduled another race immediately to try again, but I needed a mental break from the goal.  So now, it’s back on my list.  I have my eyes set on a race in late April, so if I do not make it then, I’ll have enough time to try again before the year is over.  I plan to sign up for the race and start training during the last week of January, so soon enough you should hear more about this goal.
  2.  Keep up with my Running Blog – I’ve been having fun blogging over the last two months, and I’d like to keep it going. Reading other people’s running blogs is motivating, and I hope to keep finding good ones to follow. Also, given how much I love when I get comments on my posts, I’d like to start commenting on some of the other blogs I read.  My plan for this resolution is to post at least once a week, comment on someone else’s blog once a week, and to be following at least 12 other running blogs by the end of the year.
  3.  Run a Marathon – Although I had my doubts during training and the first 5 minutes after the race, I’m now finding myself interested in doing another marathon.  The training and race itself were very challenging, and I’m looking forward to that challenge again. While I was training, my sister-in-law made me promise that I would run a marathon with her, so if she’s ready, I’d like to make good on my promise this year.  Also, I think we’ll be able to convince my other sister-in-law to join us!  This wouldn’t happen before the fall, so I don’t need to really even start thinking about training for quite a while. For now, my plan is to investigate race options and decide whether I’d still run a marathon this year if I’d be doing it solo. I’d like to figure that out by May.
  4.  Keep a Running Journal – Not a lot of explanation needed for this resolution.  I got a journal for Christmas, and I plan to start using it when I start training for the 1/2 marathon.
  5.  Join a Running Club – Sometimes when I talk about running, I get overexcited and people give me that look.  Like either I’m faking it or I’m crazy – I’m not sure which one they’d think is better, but I’m not faking it! So I’d like to seek out some other crazy running folks who won’t give me those looks!  (This in no way means that all you non-runners should stop give me these looks, I need them to keep me from going off the deep end.  Keep it up!) My plan for this one is to pick a local running club (there are a few I have in mind), figure out when they run, and what I need to do to sign up. I’d like to get signed up before the end of February.
  6.  Volunteer – I want to do some sort of running related volunteering.  I know there are a lot of great opportunities for this, but I’m not sure what is right for me. My goal for the year is to investigate some options and see what is interesting to me.  Also, as part of this goal I want to volunteer at at least one race before the end of the year.
  7.  Run 2014! (kilometers, that is) – Last year’s mileage goal was to run more than my biggest  year – 650 miles.  However, I passed 650 in June, so I kept resetting upwards until I settled on 900 miles. And I JUST made that goal.  Originally, for this year, I had my eye on breaking 1000 miles, but then I saw a run 2014 challenge.  You can run 2014 miles, 2014 km, or choose your own goal.  I chose 2014 km, which is close to 1000 miles!  I’m not sure whether I’ll get this or not, it’s quite a bit higher than my 2013 mileage, but I think it’ll help keep me motivated when I don’t have a race on the calendar. (P.S. you can check my progress on the sidebar)
  8.  Beat Jeff’s 5k PR – At the end of the year, Jeff helped me beat my 5k PR at the Reindeer Run.  At the time we knew it was a long shot, and didn’t think it would be possible to shoot for his 5k PR.  But now that that’s behind us, I think it would be cool to be able to beat his 5k PR as well.  Which means faster than 25:54 min. (This is only 3 seconds faster than what we ran in December.) This one is last on the list because I have no real plan to focus on it.  I’m hoping that it’ll just work itself out.  In theory, if I can run the 1/2 in less than 2 hours, I should be able to beat this time in the 5k.

Well, there you have it – the great 2014 resolution list!  I know you’re eager to find out how it all turns out, so I’ll keep you updated…maybe monthly?

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