New Year, New Race, New Plan!

Happy New Year, Everyone!

Bib and shirt all ready to go!
Bib and shirt all ready to go!

This New Year’s Eve was a blast.  I made the decision to run in The First Run 2013 in Portland, a prime choice of New Year events for starting what I predict to be my biggest year of running.  The event offers a 1.5 mile and 5K races, and the race began at midnight – in the first minutes of the New Year, 1108 people went out along the waterfront, to run into the year 2013.

After the race, I called my Mom to wish her happy new year, answered a few texts, and then returned to the outdoor undercover area to wait for the official chip times.  The line for the bag check was so long that I chose to forgo the retrieval of my jacket and found a heater to huddle under with some of my fellow runners.

Standing around outside, in the 30 degree weather waiting for scores to be posted and medals awarded.  Brrrr!!!
Standing around outside, in the 30 degree weather waiting for scores to be posted and medals awarded. Brrr!!!

After what seemed like an hour, scores were posted!  Unfortunately, I was too tired to be able to find my name in the long list under the pressure of the crowd, so after about 10 minutes of scanning names, I resigned to go home and look it up at a later time…  I was 10/93 in my age group with a 5K at 26:57!  My goal was an 8.5 min/mile pace, and it’s nice to know I came close, and also that I have some more training to do.

In this New Year, I do not plan to make resolutions.  Historically, it seems that anyone I know who commits to what we call a “resolution” traditionally ends up abandoning the idea they were so enthusiastic about before the first of the year came around the bend, and I want for myself a more positive perspective on the future year.  Today, I commit to the vocabulary of making goals, and planning steps to achieve them throughout this year, 2013.  And in the spirit of maintaining accountability, I want to share my top four goals:

Goal 1: This is the biggie: I will run a marathon.  I have yet to choose my first 26.2 mile run location, so I can tell you it will be at least six months from now to allow for proper training. (Details to come on training plan, and the chosen location in the next couple of weeks).

Goal 2: I will finish the painting started two years ago this month, and schedule time each week to indulge my creative side in painting, sewing, and other crafts that involve working with my hands.

Goal 3: I will be true to myself and listen to my intuition.  I have finally learned that still feeling and that small nudge really do have their merit, and I will give credit where due to help myself lead a happier life.

Goal 4: I will cook more and eat out less.  This goal is not really any effort to save money (although, that may be a very welcome side-effect), but like working with crafts, cooking and baking are a hands-on activity.  Even though they occasionally eat up my entire evening, I find great joy and satisfaction in the undertaking of meal-making.  Therefore, I also commit to grocery shopping every weekend to maintain a stock of supplies.

That is just a little bit of what I am going to do to make my 2013 Great!  Few, simple, and very important-to-me-goals.  Do you have plans for New Year?

Wishing you all the best in this bright, shiny New Year, and as always, happy running!

~Alaina

Post-5K endorphin bliss! Welcome, 2013!!!
Post race endorphin bliss! Hello, 2013!!!

4 thoughts on “New Year, New Race, New Plan!

  1. 3 downish marathons for 2013: Light at the End of the Tunnel – July, North Cascades; St. George, UT, Oct; Holualoa Tucson, Dec

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    1. Light at the End of the Tunnel looks lovely and possibly quite beautiful (minus the frightening idea of bear-spotting… alone, on a trail in the wilderness). Is it your plan to run these three? If so, I may join you for this one. Downhill training runs begin this week!

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