A Year in Review: 2012

So I am doing this a little bit out of order – I revealed my 2013 goals on Wednesday, and thought I would recap 2012 today. It was quite the year for me, and I hope 2013 is even better!

January

I started Yasso 800 workouts for the first time – still one of my most searched for posts.

February

I paced Meghann to a 13.1 PR at the Rock N Roll St. Petersburg Half Marathon

I chatted about the Race Shirt Debate

 

March

I completed the Gasparilla Michelob Ultra Challenge

I won my very first 5k!

 

And rode in a parade to celebrate it!

April

I talked about my top 6 Running Recovery Tools

I completed my 6th marathon – the Country Music Marathon

6 Time Marathon Finisher!

May

I shared a few race spectator tips

Shared the Jello Leg Workout

Volunteered at my first triathlon (a 70.3!) – and saw Lance Armstrong!

June

I was asked to be a Lululemon Ambassador

I tried a Peanut Butter Coffee Smoothie

July

Celebrated my first blogging anniversary

Went to a Baptiste yoga workshop

Enjoyed my Lululemon photo shoot

Completed my first triathlon

August

Went to a yoga for runner’s workshop

Attended my first Healthy Living Conference

Created the Rock Your Bottom Circuit Workout

September

Surprised a great friend with a bridal shower

Featured as Fitness Magazine’s Fit Blogger We Love and Women’s Running Blogger on the Run

Started studying for the NASM exam

October

I ran (and PR’d) the Chicago Marathon

November

Became a certified personal trainer

Completed my first Pretty Muddy mud run

Announced my running coach services

Finished the Women’s Half Marathon

December

Ran a Bachelorette Party Half Marathon

Shared my holiday gift guide

Celebrated my 26th birthday with a hot chocolate party

2012 was quite the year! I am hoping that at the end of 2013, I can look back and feel even more accomplished than I do about 2012! What are some things that you are proud of from 2012? I would love to hear them!

2013 Goals and Focuses

2012 was an amazing year, and I feel like the goals I set last year were very self focused. While I obviously still have many personal goals this year, I am making it a point to set a few goals that keep others in mind as well. Here are my 2013 goals!

Last year, I set a goal to simply get more into yoga. It was something that I knew was a great way to cross train for running, so I did it. This year, I am taking it a step further and keeping myself accountable to practicing yoga 2x a week. Whether I take a class, pop in a DVD, or pull up an online yoga class, I am going to do more yoga. I have really started to love it over the past few months, even more so in the past few weeks.

Since I have become a certified personal trainer, I have not taken any steps to grow my business. I am going to get some experience at a local gym first at a part time level, and then hope to grow a personal business. This will definitely be in baby steps, but I need to start somewhere!

I cut all artificial sweeteners out of my life last summer, and now I want to take it a step further. I want to drink my coffee without sugar. This is a little goal, but a big one for me! I drink 3+ cups of coffee a morning, so cutting out sugars will eliminate a good amount from my diet. I am really looking forward to achieving this!

Marcus and I are working very hard to eat in more often, as it helps us save for other things in life that we are working towards. At these home-cooked meals, I am going to cook 1 vegetarian meal per week. This doesn’t seem like a big goal, but for us it will be an adjustment. We are creatures of habit when it comes to what it on our plate, and we always have some sort of meat. Sticking to one vegetarian meal will help to keep the costs down and the nutrients up!

It is really easy to get set in our ways, and I am breaking out of this habit! I plan to say Yes more than No this year. This is a hard one to really quantify, but it really means that I just want to go for it. If a friend invites me out when I may not normally go, I am going to go. If I feel a little bit out of my comfort zone, who cares! Bring it on!

This one is probably a little weird to some – complete no more than 1 marathon this year. I am going to run a spring race, and then hold off for the fall. Of course I will run other races, but they will just be half marathon distance and under. I want to focus on my body a bit and not worry about a strict training schedule. Putting this out as a goal will help me to focus on it, and not cave in when it comes to sign up for fall marathons.

In the past, I was beyond dedicated with early morning workouts. The past 3 months or so, I have been anything but dedicated. I am going to get back to my normal schedule of waking up early at least 3x a week to workout. I feel so much better when I start my day with a sweat session and I really want to hold myself to this. My evening will be more open for other activities that pertain to other goals.

I want to live in a judgement free zone. Let’s face it – it is human nature to compare things and judge others. I have fallen into this trap lately, and I am crawling back out! From comparing one fitness instructor to another, or thinking someone’s idea that differs from mine is the wrong one –> I am letting it all go.

Tying in with having more time at night, I am going to read for fun 3x per week. I love reading and the soothing effect it has on my evenings. It is an awesome way to wind down, and I am going to make it more of a routine. Waking up early will provide me plenty of time at night to read. I can’t wait to get into a few good books!

To go with the theme of focusing on others, rather than just myself, I am going to volunteer at 6 different road races this year. I want to make sure that I give a part of myself to the running community, as it means so much to me, and is nothing without the volunteers that support each race.

I hope you all keep me to these goals, and push me to achieve them! Please let me know how I can help you achieve yours as well. :)

What are your big focuses for 2013? Please feel free share some below!

Happy 2013!

We celebrated a birthday, a wedding, and a new year all in the same day! Here is my New Year’s Eve in photos! Happy 2013!!

(Last 4 photos from Meghann)

The New Years Eve Birthday Boy

Happy New Years Eve!! Not only is today the last day of the year, but it is also Marcus’ birthday! We celebrated in style this morning with our friends, and are carrying it in through the rest of the day.

Happy Birthday Marcus! Thanks for being a part of my life for yet another year!

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My 5 Favorite Races: 2012

2012 was a year of a lot of amazing races. I was able to shrink my list down to my 5 favorite races that I ran this year. Here they are, from early in the year all the way up to now!

The Gasparilla Michelob Ultra Challenge was an absolute blast. It was the first time that did more than one race in a day, let alone four in one weekend! I ran 31ish miles over the course of 2 days, and really had fun doing it. I was training for a marathon at the time, and just incorporated the race weekend into my training.

The Harvey’s 5k was a nice small race over in St. Pete. It was really nothing crazy out of the ordinary, except for one thing – I won the race! It holds a place in my heart as the first (and only) race that I have ever won!

The Top Gun Triathlon is my favorite triathlon that I completed in 2012. Not to mention, it is the only triathlon that i completed in 2012. :P I had the support of the rest of my XP MultiSport teammates at the race, and it really was so much fun! I can’t wait to race in a few more triathlons in 2013!

The Chicago Marathon is by far, my favorite race of 2012. After completing 7 marathons, I feel like I have finally figured out how to race them (for me at least!). I was without a Garmin and just ran by the way my body felt. I pushed myself hard, and listened very carefully to what my body was telling me. A part of me is still on a high from this race. I didn’t feel a need to register for a race immediately after the marathon, as I knew the accomplishment I felt of reaching a PR was incredibly rewarding!

The Turkey Trot is a race I run every single year, but this year was different. My twin sister completed it too! It was her very first 10k, and I was able to make her a training plan and coach her for a few months toward her completion goal! The race was tons of fun, and of course, I can’t wait to race again next year!

Did you have any favorite races that you ran this year? What were they, and what made them your favorite?