Category Archives: Goal Setting

Half Ironman…

You are registered!

I alluded to a big race goal in my new year’s post.  I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and I finally bit the bullet and registered for 70.3 Racine!

Why I want to do a Half Ironman:

  • I like the half marathon distance. I think it’s my favorite running distance
  • I’ve loved the triathlons I did over the past two years
  • I like the swimming & running components of triathlon — and have been working at my biking this past year
  • I’m a glutton for heavy training!
  • All my friends are doing it… Not a good reason, but many of my triathlon buddies are diving into the half iron training. Now that I know more people it’ll be much easier to find training buddies for those long bike rides!  A number of them are targeting Racine as for their 70.3 race.
Chicago Triathlon Medal

Hopefully it doesn’t rain on race day…

So wish me luck on July 21!  Or that I won’t need luck…

Next up, figuring out my training group & training program.  Just over 6 months to go!  

Some January Goals

OK – we’ll try this out again this year. You heard more about my 2013 goals just recently, so I’ll keep this one short & sweet!

Goals for this month:

  1. Go to yoga (once)
  2. Make some soup!
  3. Eat gluten-free (I find this cleansing and I’m trying to work up my courage to test out Paleo)
  4. Run 60 miles (this is just over my monthly average for 2012)
  5. Swim 6 times
  6. Go cycling outside once
  7. 20 planks this month #plankaday
  8. Kitty blog post?
  9. Move blog to be self-hosted
  10. Pick my Half Iron training group

What I Hope to Accomplish in 2013

I’m either out running a New Year’s 5K right now, or otherwise recovering from NYE! I want to get my plans for 2013 out there as I’m excited to start this new year! 

Mmmm… time for some 2013 goals!  I’m trying to be thoughtful & reasonable.  I don’t want to put down goals that I’m really not too passionate about, nor do I want to overload myself.  I’ve got a few bucket lists (#1), some fitness & process goals, and also some lifestyle goals in there for fun!

1. Complete a half ironman triathlon.

Registered! …to be continued…

2. Stick to a smart training plan guided by a coach & train with other people!  Some of my challenges in my previous triathlons & marathons is that I’m not going about training properly. I’d really like to give my all to my training for this year. 

3. Do 20 one-minute planks each month.  Go more than a minute sometimes. #plankaday

4. Learn some new blog skills.  There have been a few #blogfails that have happened recently, so I want to blog more consistently, more excitedly, and work on improving my blog & technical skills! 

5. Spoil Emma rotten.

Emma & Mike

6. Manage a satisfactory work-training-life balance.

7. Go to yoga at least once a month.  Goal for the year is 12 times!

8. Cook something new at least once a month.

Mmm - good soup!

Would like to put those wedding presents to better use!

9. Call your mom. Or a friend! The point here is to stay connected with friends & family, and not wallow in my feelings, something that I am prone to.  

10. Run a 2:00:xx half marathon.  I’m at 2:12 now, so it’s about a minute faster pace-wise.  But not too much faster than my Fort2Base pace.  I think it’s do-able with some hard work! 

What are your 2013 goals?  Anyone looking to join me in accountability on some of these?

Review of 2012 Goals

As we move into 2013, I want to review my goals for 2012 and see where I met my mark, and where I missed the boat.  It was a great year, although I think that some of my takeaways from this are that I am good at improving on my strengths, and not as great at trying to work on my weaknesses.  So I’m going to refocus on that and also cut myself some slack!

Here were my goals for 2012:

1. Get my Om on. Fail.  I went to yoga maybe 6 times this year.  So I’m averaging 1 every two months.  Time to adjust the goal.  (Hilarious thing is that when I think about my long term dreams, I’d love to become a yoga instructor! Apparently one who doesn’t like doing yoga! Maybe I’ll get more into it if I can’t do triathlon or running as much) 

2. Tri More. Complete 4 triathlons this year – 2 sprint, 2 olympic distance. I did three triathlons. Two sprint & 1 Olympic Distance.  Mostly check.

3. Join a club.  Check.  This was a great decision. I’ve met a lot of cool people through having joined the Chicago Tri Club!  More about my most recent training activities with them soon!

4. Get faster. Check.  I PR’ed at every distance I ran this year.  Not a bad deal.

5. Resist the marathon until late 2012 or 2013. I ran the Chicago Marathon in October 2012.  Sub 5:00, but not in my sub 4:45. Check.

6. Be an awesome relay team member.  Check.  I had a blast at Ragnar this year and am looking forward to being a Ragnar Ambassador for Madison-to-Chicago 2013!

7. Learn how to change a flat tire. Check.  I attended a clinic, and changed Mike’s tire (not a flat)  but more practice is needed.

8. Work on getting Michelle Obama’s arms. I’d really love to have some definition to my arms, particularly as I walk down the aisle at the end of April. Other strength sub-goals:  accomplish a four minute plank and complete 20 real push-ups in a row.  Not quite check. I wasn’t thrilled with my arm definition (or lack thereof) at my wedding.  And as I moved into triathlon season, focused strength training kind of fell by the wayside.  

9. Complete a “Post Card Challenge.”  Fail.  

10. Participate in a bike-specific event. Check!  Venus de Miles was a great, women-focused ride! And I met a few new bloggers!

11. Get more in touch with my creative side. Does Pinterest count?  Otherwise I did some crafting for the wedding, and some baking recently.

12. Cook some new dishes.  Not as many as I would have liked. But soup was pretty good!

13. When I do marathon training again: Put in several 30 mile weeks and one 35 mile week for runs. I ran 4 30 mile weeks as part of the Chicago Marathon training, but the highest week was just 35 miles.  Mostly check.

14. Try Cross-Fit. No check yet on this.

15. Replace the words “stressed” and “overwhelmed” with “excitingly busy” – And mean it! Check!!!!

16. Try out and understand heart rate zone training.  I’ve worn my heart rate monitor, but haven’t really figured out how to use it to guide training… half-check.

17. Be as good of a fiancee’ and wife that I can be. I’ve been working at it!  I generally do pretty well, and I’m lucky to have as great a husband as I do!

Marathon Readiness Update

So last week I was doubting my readiness to run a strong Chicago Marathon in two weeks.  Not necessarily from not having completed my training, or from being sick, but because of potty issues.

Well, I’m happy to report that I’ve avoided the bathroom on my last 2 runs. Each over 10 miles. 

This past week had me meeting with a whirlwind of healthcare providers. An acupuncturist, who’s helping me with stress & my lingering shoulder pain issues.  A chiropractor, who’d previously treated me for the shoulder issues.  (These shoulder issues cropped up again during training, as additional tenderness starting to appear on long runs over 10 miles. Nothing crazy, but looking to delay when they start, and to see about a permanent solution.) And on Friday afternoon, I saw another chiropractor, one who specializes in nutrition & athletes. 

Talking with her was really helpful.  We went over my eating habits, and specifically focused on what I’m eating before my runs that might be impacting the need to go to the bathroom, even on short runs. 

She had worked with my husband earlier this summer to help him improve his recovery from workouts & ability to increase his training load.  She’d recommended to him to eat more animal protein, advice he took and has improved his training & recovery. 

Well, for me, it seems like the “more animal protein at dinner” (which is where the main modification ended up being) hasn’t been so good.  I mostly run in the mornings, and within a month or so after this change began having my issues.  Dr  recommended that I avoid animal protein at night (instead eating it more in the AM) and also to try drinking coffee before my runs. 

Attempt #1:  Saturday AM Run with CES – We had a 12-miler on the books and I woke up at my normal (2 hrs before) to drink my coffee & eat breakfast.  Run proceeded well, without any bathroom breaks, although I did have a bit of a coffee stomachache.  Kind of like when you drink a lot of coffee on an empty stomach.  Because 2 slices of toast is not a filling breakfast, but is what I eat before my long runs. 

This run was good, but I wanted to try again.  Mike, as well as some friends (Lilian! Bloggers!), were running in the Fort2Base Nautical 10 Miler on Sunday morning.  Guess who signed up less than 24 hours before the race? Smile 

Attempt #2: Sunday AM Fort2Base Race (11.45 mi)

Another early morning, but this time I tried making the coffee a bit weaker to avoid the stomachache.  Overall success, and breakfast & coffee were eaten in the car.  I waited in line forever to use the port-a-potty before the race, but ended up doing very well.  Accel Gel was taken before the race, and also around mile 6 of the race.  More detailed race report to come.


So I still need to try a ‘regular’ weekday morning run, but I think I’ve found the formula!  Marathon hope has been restored – and I spent the ride home from the race today looking at what my projected finish times would be!