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Friday, December 28, 2012

Reviewing my 2012 Goals

After a lot of thought I have decided to move some of best of my old posts from Aging Runnah and A Runnah’s Story blogs, primarily the old reviews, maybe a few of the better posts and race reports that I have written over the years. I have a feeling that at some point, my WordPress.com blogs are simply going to go away and I want to still be able to go back and read some of the stuff I wrote.

If you are reading this blog post, that is why it is has been re-posted here.

Originally posted on: December 28, 2012

Well it is that time again - time to review how I did on my goals that I set and wrote about for 2012 in my 2011 and Beyond - My Running in the Future.



The above are photos of me in 2012 - The green jacket photo was on January 14, 2012 and the blue jacket was on December 26, 2012. There are just a few differences - the biggest one in my opinion is how confident I feel about my running now, compared to that day in January. 

That photo from January was my first race of the year and I really didn't know where I was going with my running, other than I was going to run. Now I have a year's experience under my belt and have a better idea of what I can do and hopefully the direction that my running will be going.

I don't know about you, but I find it hard to go back, review your 2012 goals post and respond directly to each goal that you expected to meet during the year. Putting it on the screen and doing the copy and paste to this post, really made me stop and think about what I did and didn't accomplish this year.

However, I am a big believer in reflecting on what I actually accomplished versus what I had written that I would. That way I can adjust or create new goals for 2013 based on reality instead of wishful thinking.

My 2012 Holistic Goals:

1. Just be able to run when I want to.

I didn't have many days where I couldn't have run if I had really wanted to and I ran more this year than I have in several years.

2. Change and improve my running form.

I did work pretty hard on this through September and after that I just focused on running relaxed. So has my running form changed? A little, but not the big overhaul that I was expecting after I read Chi Running last December. Maybe I need to work on this more in 2013, but I am not going to make it a goal - instead I am just going to run relaxed this year. Yes I still heel strike too much, but my form is much more compact and efficient than it was at the start of the year.

3. Re-engage in the social aspect of running.

I think that I have done this fairly well, I would still like to find a local group of people to run with, but overall, I think that I have been fairly successful with this one.

4. I want to continue to grow the ”A Veteran Runnah” blog/brand.

This one was very successful, although the numbers are not super-great, writing at A Veteran Runnah has provided me opportunities with FitFluential, Real Health, Swiftwick and others.

5. I want to start racing again and not just virtually.

I participated in 10 races this year. I had a lot of fun at them and the best part was that I got to meet a lot of great people at them.

My measurable 2012 Goals

What were my measurable goals for 2012?
  • Run at least a total of 1,200 miles in 2012. I ran 1,842 miles in 2012 - Met this goal.
  • Run at least 330 days in 2102. 302 Days Run. Didn't meet this goal.
  • Run a 5K sub 20:00 minutes sometime after 8/6/12 (this is my pie-in-the-sky goal) Best race time was 21:26. Didn't meet this goal.
  • Weigh less than 155 pounds on my 55th birthday (I weighed in at 172 today) on 8/8/12 (two days after my birthday) I weighed 150. Met this goal.
  • Run at least 4 races in 2012. I ran in 10 races. Met this goal.
  • Join a local running club in 2012. I joined the Central Maine Striders. Met this goal.

So why didn't I meet those 2 goals?
Running a sub 20:00 minute 5K. I knew that would be the most difficult one to achieve this year (it was my pie-in-the-sky goal), but I feel that I made big strides towards meeting it and will be keeping this as a goal for 2013.

I did run 302 days and ran 334 times this year. I believe that I set this goal too high for the amount of rest that I actually need and plan to lower it to running 300 days in 2013. I want to plan on taking at least 1 day off a week and a few days after each training cycle, to ensure that I have enough rest to achieve my other goals this year.

The reality is that


I believe that I have made huge strides in my running this year and am very satisfied with the direction I am going.

Did you meet your goals for 2012, if not what are you going to do differently in 2013?

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