2013 Year in Review

I love New Year’s. I love reflecting.  I love a fresh start. And I love resolutions.

Some people think they’re dumb or overrated or unnecessary, but I enjoy setting goals. So here goes!

2013 was a pretty incredible year. And it went SO fast. I can’t really believe that it’s over. Here’s a little glimpse into the past year for da Heger’s (or, well, mostly me with a few mentions of Steven and Dixie).

Running thingz

Guys, I still can’t believe I’m a runner. (I hesitate to call myself that. But I guess I am). I’ve never hated and loved something so much!

Last year, I wrote a post about my running goals for 2013, and I accomplished most of them.

I ran my first 10K in June, and then MY FIRST HALF MARATHON IN OCTOBER. Never, ever, in my wildest dreams did I think that would be possible. I never thought I would run a 5K, much less a HALF MARATHON. I cried when I saw the finish line. I couldn’t believe it.

Half MarathonThe goals I didn’t reach are affiliated with time, of course. I did not get faster training for a half marathon. I just got pretty good at running slowly for a long time. My inability to finish in at least the top half of races or of my age group is very frustrating to me. I try to not let it get to me, because in all honesty, I’m breaking some pretty big personal records by just participating in races. Buuuuut it does. It really does. So, I’m going to try some more intense speed training, see my doctor more regularly to get my asthma under control, and try to be faster in 2014. But if I’m not, then I will try very hard to just thank my body for taking me the distance. After all, this body was not made for running!

Running Goals for 2014 (please don’t laugh at my times!):
5K –> Under 30 min, current best time 30:45
10K –> 65 min., current best time 69 min.
Half Marathon –> 2:30, current best time 2:43
Also, would love to get a group together to do the Brew to Brew! Come on people, it would be fun.

One week into an intermediate 5K training program, and it’s going well. I just hope I can stick with it when work picks up again later this month!

Other Stuff

2013 was filled with weddings. In fact I was a bridesmaid in three weddings in two months. It was a whirlwind, but such a blast. I love weddings. Can’t complain when you spend your weekends getting dolled up and drinking for free! Oh and wedding cake. Oh and seeing your best friends so blissfully happy. Oh and slow dancing with your husband. Weddings are the best. 

Goals for 2014

Read More
I’d love to read at least one book a month. I think it’s possible. But I will need to consciously make time for it.

Write More
At least one blog post every other week. Doesn’t have to be extensive, but at least something. I’d love to throw some personal essays or columns in there too, but I don’t want to get too ambitious. I’ve also thought about enrolling in one of those online writing courses that send you prompts and lessons. But the only ones I’ve found have been a bit expensive. Suggestions?

Volunteer More
My church (Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church) does a lot of volunteer work, ad I’ve been wanting to get more involved. I’ll make it happen in 2014. I would love to also get more involved with food banks and homeless shelters in Johnson County.

Stay in touch with friends
Many of my friends are spread out across Kansas, and the country. (HEY CHEL!) It’s difficult to stay in touch, especially when I feel like I hardly have time to see the people who live here in KC. But I will try to make more phone calls and write more e-mails, because you make time for the things (and people) that/who matter.

Travel More
In 2013 I traveled to Washington D.C. (thanks to work, although that trip included zero sight seeing), Arizona (thanks to a good friend’s bachelorette party/weekend), and St. Louis (again, thanks to work, again, no sight seeing). I definitely want to do more traveling this year (depending on time and money of course).

Europe has been on my bucket list since like….ever. Steven has promised that we will go, and we’ve talked about it for a while, but it’s never really been affordable. Although I really really hope we can take that trip this year. :-/

Would of course love to go back to D.C. or to NYC (and bring Steven with me!). I also plan to make it out to St. Louis to see my cousin. And, would love to spend a weekend in Mexico, Missouri (quite the happen’ place!) to see my grandmother. I think I might be overdoing it with all these traveling goals……

It really is going to be tough to beat 2013, but I have faith in you, 2014. Especially if you bring me a national championship for my Jayhawks (or, I’d settle for a Final Four), AND a new governor. (Er, um, yeah, training for an October half marathon during election season? Yup. This whole list is looking rather ambitious….)

Catch ya on the flip side, Internetz.

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” ~ Walt Disney

Running Goals for 2013

I’m not sure “resolutions” is the word, but I do have several goals for 2013 and beyond. However, I think that fitness goals are easier to quantify than others (because how do you measure “be a better person”?), so here are a few of my fitness goals for 2013.

For starters, I’m trying out a Title Boxing Club class tonight with a friend, and I’m thinking about joining. I’ve heard the classes are pretty good cross training for runners. I’ve also heard they are fairly intense workouts, so we’ll see if I can handle it!

Upcoming races I’m signed up for:

Chocolate Rush 5K in February
Diva Dash 5K in March
Rock the Parkway 5K in April
(Anybody want to do any of these with me?)

My first goal is to get my 5K time under 30 minutes. This was also a goal of 2012, but my best time so far is 30:45. (lol, right?)

Another goal is to run this 10K in April.

The truth is that I’m kind of dreaming of a half-marathon in October, but I’m really not sure it’s possible this year. I don’t run more than 12-14 miles a week, so I’m not too confident I could run 13.1 miles in one day.

I’m still really slow, and it seems no matter what I do my body just won’t go faster than a 10:30 or 11 min mile. I’m kind of embarrassed to admit that on the Internet. It bothers me that I’m not really competitive in races — that I’ve been consistently doing this for about a year and a half, and most beginners run faster than me.

But I also need to remember that I’ve come a long way.

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