A lot has happened since then. This morning I wrapped up my 2012 race season with the 5K Santa Shuffle in Mississauga. A nice, informal "fun run" for charity, that also happened to be a friend's very first race. I remembered so well what it felt like to be in her running shoes and it was nice to have a chance to be there to experience her first race with her.
So, after some thought, and without further ado, here are my 2013 Running Goals:
1. To complete 13 races in 2013 (and ideally NOT repeats of any races from 2012, unless racing a different distance). A few I have in mind are the famous "Around the Bay" (not the full 30k), "Harry's 8K Spring Run off", "A Mid-summer Night's Run 15k (you should SEE the medal for this one!) and perhaps even a road trip race.
I had been hovering on the fence for quite some time about this, knowing that I really wanted to do it, but not quite sure if I could. I went back and re-read some of my blogs from when I was starting out back in February. Realizing that there was a time, not so long ago, when running for 60 seconds was a challenge and the thought of running a 5K race was nearly an impossible dream, somehow put it all into perspective. Damn right, I can do this!!!!! I can and I will!
I haven't quite decided yet which one I will do, but I am aiming for September/October. If you have a suggestion, by all means send it my way! The Island Girl Half Marathon in September is the front runner at the moment. I like the fact that it is totally flat and is a smaller event for women only. I'll give it some thought over the next few weeks and come up with a race that will work!
In honour of goal setting for 2013, here are the top 13 things I learned during my rookie running season:
13. Someone will always be faster (and slower!) than you. Comparing yourself to other runners is foolish - the only runner you should try to beat is yourself. (but don't become a slave to the stopwatch).
12. There will be days when the last thing in the world you want to do is run - just put on your shoes and go. I guarantee you will not come home and regret it.
11. Being a
10. Cute running clothes are a powerful motivator so go ahead and spend some money. (Side note: buying shoes is NOT the time to be frugal)
9. Smile as you cross the finish line - you won't want to buy a grumpy looking race photo.
8. Running is NOT a licence to eat whatever you want, whenever you want to. Eventually your pants will get tighter.
7. HYDRATE - before, during and after.
6. Aches and pains are your body's way of telling you to slow down - LISTEN TO IT!
5. Not every run/race will be awesome. Some will suck. A lot. You still did better than everyone sitting on the couch.
4. Some runs/races WILL be SO awesome that you will think you are a super hero and will consider wearing a cape on all future runs.
3. Those big bursts of motivaion? They don't last. Make sure you have a plan (and a goal race) to keep you motivated when the going gets tough.
2. Having a training blog (or training buddy) to be accountable to works like a charm!
and the #1 thing I learned in my rookie running season.......
1. I CAN DO IT!