My 2013 non-New Year’s resolution post!

Winter run at Gowlland Todd

Winter run at Gowlland Todd

Well… I didn’t really meet the 2012 goals I set out in last year’s non-New Year’s resolution post, partly due to work/life factors, and partly because I didn’t follow my own advice of setting small, weekly goals for yourself as you work towards your larger goals.

I didn’t end up competing in any triathlons in 2012 because I was crazy busy organizing the majority of the triathlons I probably would have participated in. I did get back in the pool for a little bit, but was sick of everything triathlon by the end of summer and lost my passion for it slightly. I didn’t do a marathon in 2012 so I didn’t get my sub 4-hour PB, but I did manage a super fast half marathon time, beating my previous best by five minutes. With all things considered, I still had a great 2012 fitness-wise. And I know 2013 is going to be even better.

Although the first half of 2012 was pretty challenging for me on the work/life front (newly single, living on my own for the first time, demanding job, no time for training), everything just kind of fell into place during the summer (new job, met the love of my life, got out of Langford, got back into training and got my butt back in the gym) and now I feel confident I can stick to my goals for the new year.

Not getting PBs at the Victoria Goddess run in June, one of the only other races I did in 2012!

Not getting PBs at the Victoria Goddess run in June, one of the only other races I did in 2012!

So what are my 2013 goals, health and fitness-wise? I’d like to say to do another triathlon, but I’m not sure I totally have my passion back for it yet. If I do decide to do one, I want to do the Apple Triathlon in Kelowna while I’m in the area, hopefully visiting vineyards and soaking up the sun, haha! I am for sure going to do another marathon in 2013, and it just might be the BMO Vancouver Marathon with my friend Debbie in May. We decided we’re going to make up our minds by February if we want to put in the mileage over winter to do one in May or not.

Showing off our in 1st and 2nd place winnings at the Metchosin Days 5k in September

Showing off our in 1st and 2nd place winnings at the Metchosin Days 5k in September

My other fitness-related goal is to actually get some abs… I know they’re under there somewhere, elusive buggers. Hence why I joined the gym again! I know seeing definition on your body does not mean you’re going to swim, bike, or run faster, but I feel like it’s still a fitness goal to reach for, and a challenging one at that. Besides working to achieve my own health and fitness goals for the new year, I would love to help others achieve theirs, so another goal I have is to get my own personal training business off the ground in 2013 πŸ™‚

My support crew at the Goodlife Victoria Half Marathon <3

My support crew at the Goodlife Victoria Half Marathon <3

At the Goldstream Park Salmon Run 5k in October... wettest run ever!

At the Goldstream Park Salmon Run 5k in October… wettest run ever!

xmashill

Exploring the trails in my new 'hood

Exploring the trails in my new ‘hood

Debbie at Gowlland Todd on our way up the Cascade Trail

Debbie at Gowlland Todd on our way up the Cascade Trail

Top of a waterfall in Gowlland Todd

Top of a waterfall in Gowlland Todd

Favourite trail run in Victoria

Favourite trail run in Victoria

So what are your goals for 2013, health and fitness or otherwise? And as always, if you have a blog where you are tracking your progress, let me know so I can follow your journey πŸ™‚

And to keep up my non-New Year’s resolution post tradition, an eloquent quote from Neil Gaiman for your 2013:

May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make some art β€” write or draw or build or sing or live as only you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.