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Dec 30 / Jane

2013: A Year in Review

I expected 2013 to be an active, healthy year, and I was not disappointed. I honestly can’t believe all the amazing things that happened this year. At the beginning of this year, I resolved to:

1. Run a marathon; and several other races throughout the year.
2. Cook at least 2-3 meals per week; less than one pasta meal per week and less than one meal per week with meat.
3. Join the CSA again; not waste food from the CSA, either by cooking or giving away.
4. Start working towards the goal of becoming a fitness instructor; either by taking a personal training course and/or learning to teach a fitness class.
5. REALLY cut junk food from my diet; limit snacking and desserts.

I did periodic checks on my goals throughout the year, but all in all I’d say I did pretty well. I was most accomplished under task #1.

1. Run a marathon; and several other races throughout the year.
I ran my first full marathon on May 5th. I also ran many other races throughout the year, for a total of 21 events in 2013… 21! This included 7 5ks, 1 5miler, 3 10ks, 4 half marathons, 1 full marathon, 1 stair climb, 1 color fun run, 1 1miler & relay, 2 Spartan races, and 1 triathlon. And while the marathon in itself is, of course, a major achievement, I’m most proud of my half marathon improvements and my success in my first sprint triathlon. I had a lot of fun at each of my shorter distance runs, 5k, 5mile, and 10k; and really enjoyed the challenge of the Spartan races. Next time, I think I will skip the novelty runs… The color runs and mile relays just aren’t for me. But I feel I took on a good amount in 2013 and look forward to a similar race calendar in 2014.

2. Cook at least 2-3 meals per week; less than one pasta meal per week and less than one meal per week with meat.
3. Join the CSA again; not waste food from the CSA, either by cooking or giving away.
5. REALLY cut junk food from my diet; limit snacking and desserts.
I lump these goals together since they are inherently very similar. I started the year off right with meal planning, and snacking. We joined the CSA again and got a wider variety of awesome produce this year. We also took advantage of the pick-your-own early in the season where we got a lot of berries and green beans. I started making green smoothies and freezing smoothie-portioned bunches of greens to be less wasteful this year. We really love our farm, and look forward to joining them again in 2014. Meal planning and snacking got more difficult once our farm share ended in November and the holidays began. I did not bake any Christmas cookies this year, per Alex’s request, but we ended up with cookies from everyone as gifts and even more chocolate in our stockings. However, Santa did bring P90X3, so now four workouts in, I think I could get used to this!

4. Start working towards the goal of becoming a fitness instructor; either by taking a personal training course and/or learning to teach a fitness class.
Now this is the only goal I don’t have a tangible result for. I definitely want to make fitness a lifestyle more than just a priority in my daily routine and becoming an instructor or working towards a personal training certification is absolutely on my to-do list still. But it became more difficult when my gym membership at the YMCA ended and I was working out at home with Tony Horton (P90X) and running, biking, swimming on my own. I did research into the area of personal training and fitness instruction, and I believe I’ll have to put some money into a gym or classes again to get my foot in the door and really discover where I need to focus. So, this will be an ongoing goal for 2014.

All in all, I would say most of my accomplishments for 2013 were fitness or running related and I think that is okay. Of course I did get in some non-fitness fun. In January, mom and I went up to MA for my cousin’s surprise baby shower. We met up with some women in the family I haven’t seen in YEARS! That was a pretty awesome, eventful weekend.

In February, Alex and I made our annual trip to MA for the Stair Climb. I love having this annual “appointment” on the calendar to visit my college roommate, Jackie, and her family. In March, Jackie and I visited her cousin and her husband in DC for a weekend and ran the Rock N Roll USA half marathon together. It was also St Patrick’s Day weekend, so we had some fun at a local Irish bar afterwards.

April came and went with many miles run and new friends made (hi Sally!). May 5th was my marathon. Then continued many other smaller races through June and July. In June, P90X arrived in the mail and Tony Horton took over our living room. I also started going to Princeton Intervals on Tuesday nights. (I’m pretty sure I have these awesome new runner friends (and maybe Tony too) to thank for my increased performance in the second half of 2013!) July 4th is my birthday and that’s when Alex set me up with clipless pedals and cycling shoes for my road bike. I got the hang of them pretty quickly and we continued to ride, run, and bring it with Tony until my triathlon on August 4th.

August we celebrated our first wedding anniversary, Alex’s father’s 60th, a friend’s 30th. Then, more birthdays and less races until September. It started with a half 9/15, continued 10/20 and finished with my goal race on 11/9. Each half was a little faster and a little more fun. And then the holidays came, two turkey trots, Thanksgiving, a week vacation in Costa Rica, Christmas, and now in the last week of December, marathon training once again!

2013 in a nutshell. So much, so fast. I’m still working out resolutions and goals for 2014, but I’d be okay with more of the same.  =)

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