2013 …. What Lies Ahead

Since it’s been all Ragnar for quite some time, I thought I would take a break just for now and instead pin down a few 2013 goals.  Better late than never, right?

set and reach goal concept

I have a few general goals  that I will focus on for the entire year.  And remember, I roll with the K.I.S.S. principle.  Nothing too complicated, just simple but challenging goals.

  1. Run 1000 miles –  Although this seems like a no brainer, things happen, life happens and I don’t want to neglect my life in order to rack up run miles.  1000 miles is challenging, coming in at just under 20 miles a week, but also reasonable if I remain uninjured on the fitness wagon.
  2. Bike 2000 miles – Now this one may seem a little “Coo-Coo” but I biked almost 1000 miles this year and let’s just say that I didn’t give it a full effort.  I want to log miles every week of the year from here on out regardless of if TRI season is in session.
  3. Swim – Okay, I’m not ready to step in the pool yet…..still in denial here.
  4. Strength Train & Stretch – 2x per week.  This will be the first to be dropped.  I’m already worried about my schedule.  But this is the “goal”.  It won’t happen if it doesn’t even make the list, right?
  5. Drink 2 liters of water daily.
  6. Consume 5-7 servings of fruits & veggies daily.
  7. Be happy and have a positive attitude!

After the “general” goals, I then broke my training and race schedule into three parts:  Spring, Summer, Fall.  Each session having one goal race.  One focus.  Everything else will be for fun or quite possibly just not exist.  I’ve come to realize that with Aby in 3 sports per year, plus a toddler at home, our time is no longer our own.  I want Aby to be successful.  I want to support her in every way, which includes being at every race/game.  I’m not willing to sacrifice being her biggest supporter in order to once again, “log miles”.  For me, that means less racing, fewer “fun” miles, more focus oriented training.  

focus

Between each session, I will rest and recover.  For example, this week, I’m doing nothing resting and focusing on non-impact activities to freshen up from Ragnar.  The bottom line is that “most” of us can’t just keep going without some downtime or we will get hurt or burnt out.  I know that there is an exception to every rule, Susan M, but most of us mere mortals need to rest.  I also find that as I get “older”, I have to be smarter about recovery.  Maybe because I’ve been doing this for most of my life?  Yes, that’s a “reality bites” admission.  Maybe because I’m not a sprinter youngin’ anymore?  I now focus on training smarter, not harder and utilize tools like Post Workout Recovery, ice baths and massage sticks to just be able to walk recover for the next workout.

Spring Session – Goal Race – Lansing Marathon – April 21, 2013

If you haven’t heard that I’m running the Lansing Marathon, then this is the first time you’ve stumbled on this blog cuz I’ve talked about it, given away a prize pack and basically tried to recruit everyone, and anyone, who runs to join me.   Don’t feel bad if I haven’t hit you up YET cuz I’ll get you eventually.  🙂  If you would like to join me in Lansing for the full, half, marathon relay or 5K, please feel free to use the $10 off discount code CHICAGO10 and click HERE to register.  You know a girl doesn’t like to run alone and I certainly hope to see YOU there!

Summer Session – Goal Race – Ironman 70.3 Racine – July 21, 2013

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My TRI season last year didn’t go well. Ironman 70.3 Muncie was shorted due to the ridiculous heat (my report HERE) plus a tendon in my foot was torn so I couldn’t run, or finish.  I went with the intention to DNF.  I succeeded in acquiring my first DNF but it was not my favorite venue.  My second, and final, 70.3 of the year was going to be the Great Illini Challenge (my report HERE) but that race was called off due to the possibility probability of severe weather.  Completed triathlons in 2012 = Zero.  This year will be better.

Fall Session – Goal Race – TBD

I know many have their entire year planned but I’m keeping the fall schedule open.  This tends to be my fastest time of year.   I love the weather, I love the speed that my base mileage brings, I love to race.  However, the prior two sessions will dictate what Fall of 2013 will bring.  I’ve tossed around adding in another marathon but I need to see how my health is and how I am sitting mentally.  I may just sit on the couch and snuggle my baby run a half and some shorter races to take advantage of the speed.  Plus, if I’ve nailed some of my previous goal races, I’ll be cycling down rather than up.  Only time will tell.  I love a good mystery!!

Have you solidified a couple goals for 2013?  Do you have the entire year planned or are you okay with a couple question marks?

** Happy Running ** Amanda – TooTallFritz **

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12 thoughts on “2013 …. What Lies Ahead

  1. My goals are to run 500 miles this year (42 miles per month) & do 3 Half Marathons. First one being the Lansing Half…. I’m not off to the best start with an IT band injury, but I’m best coming from behind!!

  2. Nice goals!! 🙂 I have a half marathon on April 13th ( in Grand Rapids-The Gazelle Girl Half), otherwise I would so do Lansing!! Have you used the Post Recovery from Advocare regularly? What are your thoughts? Thanks….looking forward to following your race season.

    • Marcia – the Post Workout Recov is THE reason why I will never leave AdvoCare. It was a game changer for me. I used to run 4 miles & be crippled with soreness for days. Within 3 months of using it after my runs & hard workouts, I did my first TRI & a half marathon. I take it everywhere, even to FL for Ragnar (used it after EVERY leg), use it after every long run or hard run. It works! If I could only have one supplement in my cabinet, it would be this. I’m pretty sure your a distibutor so you know I’m not just trying to sell you….. BEST.PRODUCT.EVER.

  3. Good post…set goals…make a plan…and do it! You will do fine and you are the Queen of finding ways to adapt and adjust (ie AA). I really don’t set mileage goals for the year, but rather set them for the training schedules for the two marathons I run, one spring and the other fall. Like you…I am being more conservative and as I have discovered over the years, running more than 3 marathons in a year…can just lead you to breakdown and injury at some point. My main goals are the two marathons – Boston is set…still open about fall marathon…but usually I run Chicago. I leave other lessor distance races out of the long-term goals and just decide on some on whim and fancy and avoid all lessor races that sell-out and require registering months in advance of race date. Then when I do sign-up for some shorter race…will establish some goal and objectives that dovetail with the marathon training schedule I am following.

    • I saw you post it last week (maybe while I was at Ragnar?) but I was on my phone & didn’t comment. I know Racine was on Kelly J’s radar too but not sure if she decided. Its so nice to go to these big events & see a friendly face (or two)! Yay!

  4. Wow! You are very inspiring! 2013 will be an epic year for myself, as well. I am hoping the old hip will cooperate this year (or my idiot brain suppresses the pain 🙂 ). Chicago 50K in March, a “Midwestern Goofy” (Wisconsin full/Palos half) in May, Fox Valley Marathon in September, Prairie State Marathon in October, Chicago 50/50 (50 mile) in November and Naperville marathon one week later. Death or the psych ward on November 12! HA!

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