2013 Goals!

First of all, thank you for all the kind words about my Cosmo piece. I finally got to pick up the magazine yesterday, and it was really weird standing in Duane Reade looking at a picture of myself in a magazine…so I closed it up and paid for it.

To those of you who are here because of that article…hi!! Welcome! You’ll find a healthy dose of sarcasm here, as well as lots of silly pictures. If you want to read more about my weight loss story, read my weight loss page.

Back to regularly scheduled blogging…

If you thought you were done reading goals/resolutions posts…you’re wrong. I gotta chime in, too.

Last year, I set a whole bunch of goals. Really, I think I set too many to actually follow and some of them were kind of arbitrary.

On New Year’s Eve, Ashley asked us what our New Year’s resolutions/goals were.


“To be more awesome,” I answered. (Obviously, quite a few glasses of champagne in at this point.)

“And to break 4 hours in the marathon.”

I’m just going to go with a few goals for this year.


SUB 4 OR BUST. I haven’t picked my marathon for this year yet, but it will likely be a fall one. My mind just isn’t ready to go back to all those long, long runs yet.

PR my half time. My current PR is too old. I need to shatter it.

Move up a bib color in NYRR races. To do this, I need to run a race in sub-8:00 miles. To do this, I obviously need to find a short race. I can run a 7:xx pace for 5Ks, so I’d love to push this for a 4-miler.


Slow down, be more present. This life is pretty awesome, I’m going to enjoy it more. (See more about mindfulness in my 2012 check-in, below.)

2012 Check-In



3:59 marathon: crap, no. So close, yet so far at Marine Corps.

Sub-1:50 half: No, not at all. Although I ran a bunch of halfs last year, I ended up not focusing my training on them, and focusing only on my marathon goal.

Run 1,000 miles: DAMNIT. i was so close. I ran 973 miles. December was super-crazy, and I just couldn’t make it a priority. I know I don’t always remember to log my workouts, so I may be a little closer than 973, but either way, I didn’t do it.


Strength train twice a week. By the end of the year, I finally started to like strength training. Thank you Jess!

Yoga once a week. Nope…and good lord, could I have used it.


Work my ass off. Huge check there.

Pay off credit card debt. YES!

Keep growing my blog. While it didn’t really grow traffic-wise, as I actually blogged less since I was so busy, I had lots of cool opportunities, so I still consider that growth.

Be more mindful. I’m definitely still working on this, and it’s one of the things I’m working on with my therapist. She uses Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction techniques, and I’m really enjoying learning about them. I’m currently reading Coming to Our Senses, by Jonathan Kabat-Zinn, who founded the stress-reduction clinic at UMass. The book is about meditation and mindfulness and talks both about why meditation is helpful, as well as giving specific techniques for meditation and mindfulness in everyday life. The book itself is very meditative, too. Just reading it makes me feel a bit calmer.

Unplug more. Meh? Sort of? I added a new social network to be obsessed with, Instagram.

Read more. Yes! Like DailyMile, I don’t know if I always recorded everything, but I definitely did read more this year. (You can follow me on Goodreads.)

Date more. Or something?

Have fun. CHECK.

If you’ve read this far…you get a medal.

What are your New Year’s goals? And what good books have you read lately?

Next on my reading list: Terra by my buddy Gretchen; MizFit: How to Build Muscle and Lose Weight Without Losing Your Mind by the fabulous MizFit herself.

16 comments on “2013 Goals!

  1. Alicia at Poise in Parma

    I didn’t have a chance to click over yesterday to congratulate you on the Cosmo article – how cool!

    I have far too many goals for 2013, but five days in, I’m still on track – somehow! My favorite so far has been trying to handstand daily.

    p.s. yes, go to yoga. That’s an order 🙂

  2. Nicole

    Happy 2013.
    I haven’t set new goals for the year but my goals stay pretty consistent every year–successful at work, successful at home, successful with mind/body strength and fitness!

  3. Meghan

    This year I am hoping to be more present and to unplug a little more often. I’m also trying to do short, intense morning workouts on work days to help my day feel a little more even. So far I am 3 for 3! 🙂

  4. Meghan

    Have you read Unbroken? Read Unbroken. It’s amazing. Congrats on the amazing goals that you did achieve in 2012! I want to run a sub-4 full and a 1:50:xx or below half this year, among several other things. I think I channelled your 2012 goals when I made my 2013 list, without even knowing it. Running 1,000 miles is on mine too.

  5. Anne

    I assume you mean health and fitness books, but I’ve read some wonderful fiction this past year that also got me thinking about mindfulness. The best? The Age of Miracles.

    Congratulations on the Cosmo article! I’m not embarrassed to admit that – unlike most other magazines I get – I always somehow find time to read Cosmo cover to cover.

  6. Laura @ sweatingforit

    congrats on the Cosmo article! I don’t really make resolutions, just goals as things come up. Right now I’m reading Time Crunch Triathlete and Macca’s autobiography, which tells you where my head is.


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