At the beginning of 2011, I set myself five goals for the year. Three of those goals were either fitness related or related to this blog, two were not. I find it ironic that of those five goals, I came very close to achieving the three fitness related ones, while the other two goals were not a success at all. Somehow related? Perhaps. In the meantime, I’m going to review the success of the three I made progress on.
Goal 1: Run my 1st full marathon in under 4:30.
This goal was almost completed. I ran my first full marathon, but it took me 4:40:06. Looking back, what could I have done to meet my goal? Honestly, I’m not sure what I could have done much differently. I followed my training plan, although perhaps I could have done more speed work. Maybe one additional long run would have been a good idea too. The fact is, until you’ve done a marathon, you really have no idea how difficult those last 4-6 miles really are. As well, I had an unknown injury at the time I ran the marathon, strained tendons in my leg and ankle from over use. That probably slowed me down too.
I’m very pleased with how my race went, and so I consider this goal completed successfully. I learned a lot about myself doing the marathon, and while I will definitely be running more marathons (the Disney one is less than 2 weeks away!), 2012 will not be the year of the marathon. Marathon training takes a lot of time and commitment, and this year is going to be about shorter races and the Half Ironman!
The last #WEverb11 prompts didn’t arrive in time for yesterday’s post, so today I’m catching up on two!
#27 – Spend. Contributed by Kimberly Michelle
Where did your money go this year? Where do you want it to go in 2012?
Oh…. our money went all kinds of places this year, but the biggest spending categories would be on triathlon/running/racing (bikes, wetsuits, shoes, clothes, race fees…. the list never ends!), and we bought a new vehicle, which was fun! Next year I want our money to go to two very specific categories… debt repayment, and travel. We’re going to FL in January, hopefully Vegas in May/June, Calgary (or another Half Ironman destination) in July/August, and possibly Texas in December! That’s a lot of travel, a lot of it will depend on getting our financial ducks in a row. 🙂
#28. Pay It Forward. Contributed by Bella
Describe a random act of kindness that you benefited from in 2011. How will you pay it forward in 2012?
This one is difficult! I am fortunate in that I have a few friends who are supportive and wonderful, and being kind to each other when we need it is just part of what we do. But a random act…. sadly, I can’t think of any one specific random act that affected me this year. I do know that I struggled with some real challenges at work, and without the support of many terrific co-workers, I don’t know if I’d still be at the company. I also know that a few people who are/were there are still struggling, so my plan to pay it forward is to continue offering my friendship and support to help them come to terms with where they find themselves now.
I bought our park passes (OMG… yes, I budgeted for them, but OMG!!! Hard to spend that much money in one shot!), I did not get a workout in – I spent more than an hour on the phone with my Mom instead, and I’m much happier and more relaxed for it, so that’s worth it. 🙂 I did get most of three different blog posts written, and I also created not one To Do list, but four different ones by category! (Go me!)
Goals for today:
1) Write 2 blog posts
2) 1 workout
3) Work on 2012 goals
4) Finish budget calculations
5) Tackle 3 items on To Do lists