So how did I do on this year’s goals?

Finish the Chicago Marathon! This is the biggie. If I only do this (in my running-life), I will be pretty happy.
In case you missed it, I achieved this goal. And it was awesome.

In Charity Village after the race

Run 100 miles in one month and 30 miles in one week.
Done and done, during marathon training.

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During my 20-miler with my running club

Run over 1,000 miles during the entire year (average of 19.2 miles per week).
Done, I’ve already hit 1,200 miles (and counting) for 2012.

Set at least one PR (for a distance I’ve raced before).
Done. For multiple distances. For the 5K, multiple times.

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My standing PR’s – Jingle Bell 5K, Chicago’s Perfect 10 (mile), Sunburst Half Marathon

Place in the top three in my age group in a race with over 300 finishers.
Done. Four times.

Oak Forest Fleadh 5K Rockdale Ramblin Run 10K Age Group Awards Beverly Hills (Chicago) Turkey Trot 5K Age Group Award

Oak Forest Fleadh 5K, Rockdale Ramblin Run 10K, Beverly Turkey Trot 5K, Jingle Bell 5K 

Not running related: Make a significant dent in our debt.
I didn’t really define “significant.” While our overall debt has gone down, it certainly isn’t where I would like it to be – basically I want it to be at the “not living with my parents” level. So I guess this one is a fail.

2012 Chicago Marathon

Hi, Roomie, a.k.a. Mom

So with the exception of that last goal, 2012 was a great year. I may or may not be working on an infographic related to my year (but http://infogr.am/ is a great site). I achieved a lot – set a big goal that for a long time I never even considered attempting, I reached new distances, earned new PR’s, and made awesome new running friends along the way.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about where I want to go next, both with my running and where we want to go when we move out of my parents’ house. (Spoiler: we both work in Chicago or just outside the city limits, so we won’t be going too far.) But I’ll save that for a separate post on 2013 goals.