2013 Goals

Hard to believe, but it's time to set goals for 2013. This year I have two goals I'm almost afraid to put in writing; they involve race times that I'm truly not sure if I can hit, but I know I need to go for it because I want it. The rest of the goals are important for my overall well-being as a runner and for pure enjoyment of the sport.

1. Run a sub-2 hour half marathon. Is this in reach yet? I'm not sure, but it's my ultimate goal and I have to work for it. Even if it doesn't happen in 2013, I think it'll happen in the future. To do this I need to cut 7 minutes from my half marathon PR, and I intend to hit track and speed workouts hard this year to make it happen.

2. PR in the 5K with a 26:xx. I haven't run a 5K in a couple of years, mostly because I don't like running to feel so painful. I'm an aerobic pace girl, what can I say? My 5K PR of 28:19 was set in February 2010, and I should at least be able to beat that one now fairly easily. However, hitting a 26:xx requires me to actually work on speed and push hard during the race, and that's the real meat of this goal. I must learn to get out of my comfort zone and give it my all. Dare I say, learn to RACE.

3. Run 1000 miles. I started keeping tabs on mileage more in 2012, and I will actually hit 1000 miles this year somewhat unexpectedly. So why not set this goal officially for 2013? I need to stay on track and stick to increasing mileage to make it happen again.

4. Run a trail half marathon. I've been loving trail running, and I want to expand my race events into trail this year. I'm kicking it off with the Crystal Springs trail half marathon next weekend! This race was an 11 mile when I signed up and wouldn't have met this goal, but they revised the course so now I'll hit this one early. I have no time goal on the trail race because I know it'll be more laid back and slower. The plan? Enjoy running for the awesomeness of nature.

5. Strength train 2x per week. Now that I started strength training regularly again during 2012, I need to stick with it. I plan to continue going to Barre class and BodyPump, and we also do some strength and core work during my weekly track workout class.

Happy New Year all, cheers to 2013!


  1. You've got all of these and more. Cheers to a wonderful 2012 and an even better 2013.

  2. I'm about 80% sure I'm running at Crystal Springs on Saturday too. If I do I'll keep an eye open for you.

  3. I love your goals, because they're very close to things I want to accomplish this year too :D.

    Enjoy the trail half, I find trails to be SO much fun compared to road racing!

  4. Those are fantastic goals. With your hard work and dedication, I have no doubt you'll nail each and every one of them. Happy New Year, girl!

  5. Love your speed goals. We have the exact same 1/2 marathon speed goal - so I'm anxious to hear your training plans and I'll certainly share mine. I'm also going for a 5k speed goal, so I'll share my training plan with you. My trainer is going to put it together so I imagine I'll be spending a lot of time at the local middle school track come spring!

  6. I will be living vicariously through you this year -- but you can hit ALL of these! Looking forward to cheering you on. Best wishes in 2013 :)

  7. you can for sure hit these goals! have faith in yourself :) wishing you a happy and healthy 2013!

  8. Great goals and I know you will hit them, P! You have a sub 2 hour half in you now! Seriously, you are golden! The trail half will be fun! It sounds like the hardest one for you (in your mind) will be the 5k, but you will get there. The more you do track work and the more you just race 5ks and practice getting uncomfortable, the easier it gets. I think the strength training will really help you speed too. YOU CAN DO IT!

  9. I've never done an actual 5k race. It's so weird, I jumped right to a half marathon. I like longer distances - I want my $$ worth! I've dabbled in trail running a bit but this year I really want to get into it. I can't imagine a 1/2 on trails!

    Good luck to you in all your goals!

  10. Looks like a great list of goals! I'm planning on incorporating some speed work into the running routine this year too! Looking forward to seeing your progress.

  11. Sub-2:00 half is my ultimate goal too! I think you'll hit that and the 26:xx 5k with easy. :)

  12. With the way you've been progressing, I think you've got the sub 2 in your pocket! Great goals for 2013!

  13. With some speedwork added to your routine, I have no doubt you'll hit your goal and run a sub 2:00:00 half-marathon. Heck, you'll hit all of your goals!

  14. I love those goals Paulette! I think you can definitely do a sub-2:00 half, I feel like you are sooooooo close to getting it anyway. I'm also totally going to try to keep track of my miles. 1000 in one year is amazing!!!

  15. Found your blog via the Oiselle twitter stream! Those are my goals too - I have so much trouble with short sharp runs - trying to sub-25 a 5K this year, and to not cramp up so I sub-2:00 a half marathon! This might be inspiration: http://www.runnersworld.com/rt-columns/januaryfebruary-2013-editors-note :)


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