Thursday, December 27, 2012

A Look Ahead to 2013 and Joining the 13 in 2013 Challenge


As I mentioned in 2012, a Year in Review, I mentally grew in my running outlook which has changed my 2013 outlook. I have some goals on where I would like my year to go, but I'm not ready to share those yet. When Jill posted about her new challenge for 2013 with the option to run a variety of race distances, I thought that seemed like a good challenge to try. 

I will be running a variety of distances (5Ks, 10Ks, 13.1s and trail races) in 2013 to make up my 13 races. Some of the races will be actual races that I go to, and some will be Virtual Races (read, FREE). 

The challenge of completing 13 races has me excited as in 2012 I ran 7 races. Some I will race and hope to improve my PR times. Some I will just run for the fun of it. My main goal in 2013, though, is to keep it FUN. 

2013 will start with a 5k on January 1 for my "Resolution Run" as part of Laura's 5 by the 5th Virtual Race Series.  My first "real" race is Rocks and Roots Trail Race (I still need to figure out how many 10k loops I will be running....) I ran the Sugarcreek 5 Mile Trail Race last year and loved the difference in trail racing from road racing. I'm really looking forward to the challenge of the trails this year and taking the (self imposed) pressure off of myself for always going faster. The trails will do that, for sure!

As life changes, I may change my goals, but this is where I'm starting. I'm looking forward to some new challenges!

Do you have any set goals for 2013? Are you going for a big PR? A new race distance? Do you make changes as the year progresses? 



15 comments:

  1. I know I am super excited to be running the 13 in 2013. I have had a huge journey in getting there so this is huge for me!

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    1. Yay, Tami! Looking forward to following your 13!

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  2. Also joining in on the 13 in 2013 and can't wait. Chose the variety of distances, as well. I will do lots of 5k's, but also plan a relay, a 20k, and a half. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks, Jacki! Sounds like you have a fun year planned!

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  3. Yeah! 13 in 2013 is going to be a lot of fun :)

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  4. This sounds like fun, I just signed up to do it! I'm also doing the variety, but will mostly do 5K & 10Ks, plus the one 1/2. At least that's the plan for now. Looking forward to the challenge!

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    1. Yay, Christa! Welcome to the challenge!

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  5. We are all going to have a blast with our 13 in 13 races! I'm doing the variety races too :)

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    1. Yay, Andrea! Just looked like too much fun to pass up :)

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  6. I was thinking of doing 13 13(.1) in '13 (not real races, but run the distance)...but maybe that's too easy? Hmm...I'll have to think about this one.

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  7. Sounds like we have a lot of the same goals. I'm excited about the 13 in 2013. Good luck with all of races! Looking forward to reading about your racing journey in 2013!

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    1. Thanks, Denise! I'm excited to follow your journey, too!

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  8. Hi! Just came across your blog :D
    What a great goal for the new year. 7 races in 2012 is fantastic!

    I'm hoping to hopefully run my first marathon in 2013- given I can keep my legs healthy!

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    1. Thank you! Good luck with your first marathon, that's so exciting. Just remember to Run Smart!

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