Well let’s just get to it.

Don’t spend more than $500 on races for 2013.

I spent $512. Close enough. Better than the $753 I spent on races in 2012. Jumping at the chance to do free races helped. (Bastille Day 5K, Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago Half and the Chicago Half.)

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Get better at racing longer distances.

I worked hard training for my goal half marathon. Then I got a stomach bug and started puking about 8 hours before racetime. I didn’t even leave my bed except to run to the bathroom that day, so racing was out of the question. Since I had Ragnar a month later, I didn’t try a make-up race. Then I moved and started a new job and got lazy with my running.

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Flat Runner stayed flat for that race 😦 

Finish my first relay race and my first trail race in one piece.

NAILED IT. Finally, something I didn’t fail at. Finished Ragnar and the North Country Trail Run. Both were super fun.

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Sources: Ragnar – I think our driver Sam. NCTR pic came from their FB page.

Run 1,300 miles for the year.

Big, fat fail. Didn’t even hit 900 miles. But hey … I still ran over 800 miles. That’s not too shabby, even if it wasn’t my goal.

Weekly strength workouts.

NAILED IT. Just barely. 54 strength workouts for the year, averaging one per week, plus two to grow on?

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Source: Kim

Move out of my parents house. 

NAILED IT. Moved out June 15. Also, I didn’t include this in my post (because, you know, never a good idea to talk publicly about such things) but I also had the goal of getting a new job. Also nailed it.

Read 12 books.

Fail. Seriously. Could not even average one book per month? I finished 8. Sad. And I’m super behind on my running magazines. Thanks, Internet. 


Overall, I got a better job, and moved out of my parents’ house and into Chicago-proper. I didn’t include this in my goals, but I made new friends, tried new things, and made some significant self-discoveries.

I feel happier and more like myself than I have in a long time.

I’m counting this year as a big, fat success. 

I would say “Bring it on, 2014!” but I’ve noticed the odd years hold the most significant life events (2007 = married, 2009 = husband enlisted, 2011 = moved in with parents, 2013 = moved out + new job). I’m not about to mess with the universe.