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1.08.2013

Looking forward in 2013

Hello out there in blog land! We are well into 2013 now, and I figured it was about time for me to publicly commit myself to some goals I've been thinking about. 

I am much more goal oriented than I am resolution minded. When one sets a resolution for the new year, they have a mind to change, stop, start, or otherwise adjust their current lives in a way that will be in keeping with this new resolution. You see, I am just too lazy and set in my ways for resolutions.

Goals, on the other hand, are an achievable objective that one sets for a future date. 
2010 was my year of the 5k, in which I set a goal to run a 5k race within 6 months. I was able to train for and complete this goal within my time limit, then set 3 more goals to keep myself motivated. 
2011 was the year of the sprint triathlon, in which, again, I chose a race 6 months into the year to train for and run. I did find out I hate swimming, and probably won't do any more triathlons because of this.
2012 was the year of the half marathon, and I was able to complete 2 within the first half of the year, and then a 3rd in the fall. 
I am sure you see the progression from becoming a runner, to a triathlete, to a half marathoner, and one would likely assume I would use 2013 to train for a full marathon. One would be wrong in assuming such things. 
I have no desire to run a full marathon, ever. 
I have a hard enough time sticking to training plans for shorter races, and find I just don't enjoy long distance running. 10 mile run? A necessary evil when training for a half marathon, but not something I find enjoyable or easy, by any means.

So what does 2013 hold? Well, there will be running, but because I have been dealing with a painful hip flexor problem that just keeps getting worse, I do not have any *new* running goals for this year. I say *new* because I still would like to run several races this year. Some goals in mind are a 5k fun run, a 10k turkey trot, the annual wharf to wharf 6 mile race, and to run the Santa Cruz half marathon in April to hopefully come close to or beat my current PR of 2:04 {SC was my very first half marathon last year}. 

As for new goals for 2013, I want to embrace new forms of exercise, as running and I aren't getting along too well. 

1. I want to do more yoga this year. 
I think the main reason I am having hip flexor issues is because I have a weak core and extremely tight muscles. Yoga helps both of those issues by building strength while stretching the muscles. I already pay $40 a month for my 24 hour fitness membership which gives me access to yoga classes every day of the week, there is no reason I can't make it at least once a week. 

2. I want to build strength through resistance training. 
I have no clear cut goal to get to, just that I need to be stronger to prevent injury and feel better about myself. I am up for gym classes, workout DVDs, and fitness programs.

3. I want to start and finish a whole fitness program.

I haven't decided if I want something for the gym like the Jamie Eason LiveFit Trainer
a video series like P90X,
 or RushFit,
 or just getting through the recommended 30 days of a Jillian Michaels workout DVD. All I know is I want to finish something I start, and see the power and changes that can come from this. Ideally, I could accomplish all of the programs above in a year, but I won't get ahead of myself. 

So there you have it, 3 new goals for 2013. Yoga. Resistance training. Finish a workout program. Bam! 

What are your goals for this year? Anything new and exciting? Let me know in the comments! 

7 comments

  1. Insanity is really good.. i did that. it works but it kicks your ass.

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  2. Im with you on the no resolutions - its too much pressure and I always fold and dont accomplish them all and then feel like a failure!
    I have a word this year - its 'embrace' and my goals are to embrace opportunities, challenges and hopefully new ventures through my blog and my working life :)
    Best of luck with your marathons, looks like you are going to kick some butt on those races!

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  3. I think those are great goals to have :) My goal for this year is to run a full marathon. Yup, I am one of those crazies

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  4. If you ever want to come up to Berekely and do yoga with me, I go almost every day! There's a really great hot yoga with weights sculpting class that I love. Justin is doing Insanity right now and it looks masochistic. I would never in a million years survive it. He's sore every single day and he's always been pretty athletic.

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  5. I loved hot yoga, but it's just so darn expensive! My goal is for 2013 to be the year of the 5k for me! :)

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  6. Live Fit Trainer is the way to go. It's challenging, but not so much that a novice cannot master the moves with a little practice and research. The program is centered around weight training with absolutely no cardio in the first month. I'm a runner so this was very tough for me but in the end my gains in muscle strength and tone have absolutely changed my body and reved up my metabolism. Cadio and HIIT training enter the program in the second and third month. The HIIT training is a proven method for burning fat and this is what really pushed my body into overdrive. As a runner I was thin, but still doughy and lacked muscle tone, particularly in my abdominal region. For the first time in my life I now have a 6-pack! I started the program with 20% body fat and am now down to 17% in 3 months. Give it a try - you can always shift gears if it's not for you.

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  7. Live Fit Trainer is the way to go. It's challenging, but not so much that a novice cannot master the moves with a little practice and research. The program is centered around weight training with absolutely no cardio in the first month. I'm a runner so this was very tough for me but in the end my gains in muscle strength and tone have absolutely changed my body and reved up my metabolism. Cadio and HIIT training enter the program in the second and third month. The HIIT training is a proven method for burning fat and this is what really pushed my body into overdrive. As a runner I was thin, but still doughy and lacked muscle tone, particularly in my abdominal region. For the first time in my life I now have a 6-pack! I started the program with 20% body fat and am now down to 17% in 3 months. Give it a try - you can always shift gears if it's not for you.

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