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Goals for 2013


It is hard to believe that I have finished up my Physical Therapy Run schedule to get me healthy from injuring myself during my Ironman last July!!! I’m finally at a point where my legs do not hurt after most of my runs. Being in pain for 6 months straight, and it finally gone is truly amazing. Nerve glides have been helping so much!!


My run this morning was quite slow. People were looking at me funny because I was running in the rain. I had a great time though. My legs were burning running my way up all the hills in our neighborhood, and I had Metallica playing on my iphone. I was just thankful I was able to run!


So, I have been thinking a lot during my runs lately about my 2012 journey and what I want to focus on for 2013. I know it is already almost March, but I’m okay with putting my goals out there a couple of months late. 🙂 I just want to focus on making 2013 as stress free as humanly possible.

Fitnesswise, this means I won’t be racing a lot. I need a break!!! I did two Ironmans within a year last year (and the end of 2011). Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED crossing the finish lines of those races. And you better believe I still think triathlon is amazing, but no one ever talks about how their house is in shambles, the mountains of laundry you have to wash, the ignored spouses and pets (and kids I don’t have), the exhaustion, and the moola that training for an Ironman entails. I would love to do another Ironman someday, but honestly, I would rather cuddle with my husband on the couch watching episodes of Supernatural rather than ride my bike for 5 hours on a Saturday as of lately. I know that sounds absolutely crazy to some of you, but last year was pure chaos. I know I keep saying that on this blog, but between working a job that made me go home and cry every night, home renovations (rebuilding an entire basement), Ironman training, moving across the country, and making a huge life decision to go BACK to school and change careers completely after I just completed my masters a couple years prior made 2012 one hell of a year. I’m still trying to recover mentally from it all to be honest.

So, I’m thinking a few running races, very small ones like 5K’s, 10K’s, a half marathon at the longest running distance. For riding, a friend wanted the hubs and I to do a century with her, and now I’m kinda rethinking that decision. I’m loving my weekends so far now that CNA school is done. They are filled with waking up, cuddling (as the pic below indicates), going for a run, making breakfast with the hubs, cleaning my house, studying,etc. The prospect of having to ride 3-5 hours for both weekend days makes me want to cringe. Plus, there is no good riding near our house which means we would have to drive 30 minutes away (and 30 minutes back at least) to get some good riding in. I’ve already talked to the hubs, and I think a 60 miler would be better. I did tell some people I was thinking about doing Austin 70.3 this year, but now I’m rethinking that too. I’m not sure!


I want to focus on speed (at least with the running) and strength. I’ve been doing my physical therapy exercises even though my physical therapy appointments have ended, Rescue Athlete workouts with the hubs, and ZWOW workouts at home when I can’t make it to the gym. It has been great. Because I have been doing all this strength work while I have been injured, I think it will be easy for me to gain my speed back. I think I will be ready to start track workouts next week and although I’m pretty sure I’m going to end up a pile of vomit and sweat, but I’m excited.

Another reason why I just want to take it easy this year in the racing department? I’m a little paranoid about getting injured again. I want make sure I’m strong enough to handle increased mileage and speed. Physical therapy for multiple months sucks. It was a physical and emotional roller coaster.

I have the tendency to load entirely too much on my plate in every aspect of my life. Especially in the American culture, it is so “bad” to not be busy all the time. You are perceived as lazy if you don’t have anything to do. I’ve come to the realization that is just crazy talk!!!

I turn 30 at the end of March, and I don’t want to be a stressed out crazy person who is always looking at her watch because she is so overwhelmed, you know?? I want to go into my 30’s as a smart, beautiful, thoughtful, relaxed, caring woman who actually takes time for herself and knows when to say no to certain things. I find that the less I have on my plate, the better at time management I am! lol. It is funny how that works. It is weird not juggling a million different commitments right now, but I’m liking it!

It sounds like I’m totally zen, right? Not quite. I’ve been a little stressed out with school this semester, but it is nothing I can’t handle. The increased running mileage has actually been helping to keep the stress down as well as getting as much sleep as I possible can. Sleep is amazing.

My focus will be to spend time with my family, have fun in the fitness department (and STAY healthy!), get straight A’s for my PA school prerequisites, find a part time job as a patient care tech during school — go full time once school is out, apply to PA school, and hopefully get in!

Well, there you have it! My goals for 2013.

Do you often feel pressure to be “busy”? Do you have a hard time saying “no” to things?

What are your goals for 2013?  How are you doing with them so far? 

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  • Dana February 19, 2013, 7:14 am

    Sounds like we have the same 2013 plan! I did lots of racing last year and doing that on top of working full time, working part time, going to school part time, and training ended up with lots of injuries and LOTS of stress. I’m not planning to do anything over a 10k this year and I’ve started taking group classes at the gym. I didn’t realize how weak I was until I tried a circuit training with weights class!

  • Caitlin February 19, 2013, 7:45 am

    Your post is apropos as I was telling my husband this morning that I am looking forward to not having an event to train for looming in the future. I went right from last year’s triathlon season to training for a marathon to training for an Olympic-distance triathlon, and I am so ready for a break. That said, I hear you on the need to feel busy all the time! I often will say “today is the day I will do nothing!” and then within an hour I’m cleaning the house and writing and whatever.

    Also, I’ve been checking out Zuzana Light’s workouts for a while but haven’t actually done them. Do you recommend them?
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  • Quix February 19, 2013, 11:12 am

    Sounds like a great plan! I know the need for some downtime. Even though I didn’t want to take it last year, I made myself take 8 weeks off organized training after my marathon and it was awesome. This year is crazy even now, but it’s nice not to be racing constantly.

    I have a problem relaxing too – when I have time off training/work/being social I’m trying to fit in other things like blogging, researching, learning to sew, scuba, etc. One of these days I’ll remember how to just RELAX.
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  • Toronto Girl West February 19, 2013, 7:29 pm

    I can’t say I really feel a pressure to be busy – but it’s just the way life is. So often it’s about go-go-go. That’s why I try as hard as possible to make sure that I spend some real quality time with the Husband and Daisy.

    Finding balance is definitely hard.
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  • Marcie February 20, 2013, 8:12 am

    When it’s all said and done, you will remember time with family more than anything. The other stuff just adds some spice into our life. Glad you posted. Always enjoyed your blog.

  • Amy February 21, 2013, 6:39 am

    After dealing with injury and taking a year off to have baby #3-i’m VERY anxious to get training again. The only problem is kids require so much time-hahaha. I’m having to be very selective about what i sign up for-i had ambitions of some bigger races, but decided to stick with sprint distances. They are so fun and don’t require the same commitment of time to train for.

  • Kristina February 21, 2013, 7:24 am

    Glad that you’re doing better and running again!
    It’s funny – in an ideal world, I’d like to take on the challenge of an Ironman distance tri, but I also want to make sure that certain pieces of my life are in place so that I can train without going crazy. I’m not sure if that can happen, so, at this point, no full IMs for me! And, in general, I’ve seen a drop in my races over the past few years – less and less as time passes. I’m not sure if I’m being more “responsible” about racing or if other life stuff is just too important to me right now.
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    • Nicole March 7, 2013, 7:23 am

      You just have other priorities in life. Mine have changed to include nonrace related as well. 😉

  • Becky @ RunFunDone March 2, 2013, 5:49 pm

    I am just coming back from an injury as well. I’m with you…so scared that I’ll get hurt again. I’m doing run/walk intervals instead of just running, and only running 3 days/week. I even changed my running gait to prevent injury. And yet, I’m super scared! Good luck with your recovery!
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    • Nicole March 7, 2013, 7:22 am

      Thank you! You too!!

  • Steena March 8, 2013, 6:15 am

    I think taking 2013 easy is a great idea. You’ve had a crazy busy 2011&2012. I know that paranoia with coming back from an injury very well too. Do what makes you happy and keeps you healthy!


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