In case you’re in vacation-mode and confused about what day it is, it’s December 31st. Tomorrow is the start of the new year. What the heck? 2012, you sly fox! You crept up on us!
For a few weeks now, I’ve been cooking up some extra tasty resolutions, otherwise known as goals, to ensure that 2012–in all of it’s even-numbered glory–is as ridiculously awesome as possible.
And here’s the great big question that’s been rolling around in my mind:
What am I wanting to accomplish by this time next year?
First and foremost, I would be lying if I said RUNNING! wasn’t the first thing that popped into my mind. Obviously, I want to keep running to my heart’s content and under the category of running goals, I plan to…
#1) Enjoy running all year long: This puppy is numero uno because it’s what I want most out of my year. For those of you who are new here, I love running.
#2) Run 1500 miles. For 2011, my goal was to run 1200 miles, which I accomplished after a slow start while rebounding from IT Band Syndrome. For 2012, I’m stepping it up and aiming for 1500 miles (that’s 125 miles/month).
#3) Run down some shiny, new PRs (personal records), specifically in the half and full marathons. This means…
- Running a half marathon faster than 1:53:15 (8:39/mile).
- Running a full marathon faster than 3:59:51 (9:09/mile).
#4) My last (and least favorite) running goal is to… deep breath… Race less. In 2011, I ran seven full marathons, eight half marathons, and nine other races. While 24 races per year is awesome sauce for the race junkie in me, it’s not so awesome for the financially responsible adult I sometimes try to be… That, and the race medals are taking over the house and I really don’t like clutter… So it’s with a heavy heart, that I will be limiting myself to no more than 12 races in 2012. That’s only one per month, folks! (*Disclaimer: Races that are free, races for which I win a bib, and races for which my mom registers me, do NOT count towards this 12 race limit!)
Check out my extremely modest race calendar, so far:
- 01/22/12: Carlsbad Marathon – REGISTERED
- 03/18/12: LA Marathon – REGISTERED
- 05/06/12: Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon *Wish list
- 06/03/12: Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon – REGISTERED
#5) Buy a house: This itty-bitty, teeny-tiny, little goal is a huge factor in my financially responsible change-of-heart.
#6) Practice yoga and/or meditate with hubs, at least once/week… This might be my most challenging goal of all, but it will probably make hubs happiest!
#7) Build my resume: Career-wise, my wheels are a-turnin’. I’ve already put it out there that I want to start working towards a writing career, so I’m cooking up an action plan, which includes: building my skill sets, getting involved, and (this one was easy) writing more! This is good news for chicknamedchuck.com.
What do you want out of 2012?