The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
|December 18, 2012||Posted by Emily under Uncategorized|
It’s officially my favorite season.
Not because I’m about to fly home to Vermont to celebrate Christmas with my family and enjoy the balmy 20 degree weather in the Green Mountain State.
And not because I can justify singing “All I Want for Christmas is You” into my hairbrush microphone around the clock. Sorry, neighbors.
And shockingly not because one of my favorite bars added a festive bourbon cocktail to its menu that tastes like cinnamon candy on the rocks.
These things are nice and all…
But what’s really getting me going, especially after spending more than a month lusting after my Hokas:
(No mom, I don’t actually like goals more than I like going home for the holidays. Promise.)
A couple of weeks ago, in a very uncharacteristic move, I bought a 2013 planner.
I immediately started to fill this notebook with my 2013 race schedule. I don’t really know what people who are not endurance athletes put in their planners…so far the only things I’m penning in come with a start and a finish line attached.
As I added race after race to my calendar, I obviously started scheming about my 2013 goals. But before I get ahead of myself with planning every weekend until January 2014, let’s get the obligatory recap of the last 12 months out of the way.
Or, more accurately, the last 6 months. Halfway through 2012, I reassessed the goals I’d set at the beginning of the year. After I got all hooked on ultras, it seemed dumb to leave things related to 5ks and similarly revolting distances on the list. Some goals stayed, some goals got kicked up a notch, and some absolutely silly goals like “follow a training plan” got totally booted from the list.
Post-2012 goals overhaul, I was left with the following list:
Run a 50 miler.
And yeah, yeah. Race report. Consider it a supplemental goal for 2012. Don’t let me crack a beer on NYE unless that sucker is published.
Race a 50k on not-tired legs, PR, and also, win one for women.
Check. Three goals, one race.
Train with higher mileage and hit a 100 mile week.
Check (x3) Lots of <3 for triple digit weeks.
Run an ultra relay with a competitive group of gals.
Check. Thanks to the fast and fabulous ladies from Team #Undecided2 for one of the best race weekends of my life.
Continue racing at least once a month with the fam and running friends.
So many perfect checks. Minus December. But it’s okay, I’m ecstatic that I’m running at all this month.
Podium more times than I can count on one hand (“count on one hand” pulled verbatim from my goal list. Sorry that I’m a total asshole at times.)
PR the marathon again.
Big fat no check/big fat no second attempt post-Eugene.
And with that said, you can probably make an educated guess about what will be topping my list of 2013 goals.
‘Tis the season, folks. Do yourself a favor and ring in 2013 with some truly sweatastic goals.