Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Resolutions, Rehashing, and Racing

It's a New Year! Meaning it's that time of year again. It's time for another grand plan. And in case you all haven't noticed by now, this gal loves to make a sweeping declarative statement. I love setting goals, making plans, and dreaming of the big finish.


And this year I am dreaming of my perfect Marathon finish! 2013 is all about Going The Distance! I am going to log many miles this year. And I am going to run many races in search of PRs and a healthy happy life.

2012 was a year of Running and Recovery. It took 8 long months to find my running mojo again. But now I am finally feeling strong and healthy. So this year is all about discovering what this little defective body of mine can really do - Healthy, Happy, and Whole.

I will run a Sub-5 Marathon. I will cross that finish line rocking out to girlie pop, smiling, feeling strong, and embracing my body for its strength and determination. So let's get started, shall we?!


Training for a sub-5 marathon means logging those miles - lots of miles. 

And this time I am challenging you to join me?! Let's go the distance together!

Your goal might not be marathon. Maybe it's just making a commitment  to start logging a few miles each week. Maybe you are a looking to start running for the first time? Maybe you just want to start moving more in 2013? Whatever it is - I am challenging you to commit to logging YOUR distance each week for the next month!

By the end of 4 weeks you will have made your new routine a habit. You will see amazing progress. And you will be committed to going the distance this year!

I teamed up with a couple of my favourite local bloggers to help keep you motivated! Robyn, JessMorgan and I are all committed to logging our miles (in a wide variety of ways). We are here to encourage and support you - plus we all have snazzy prizes for those of you who participate! Think of us as your little Distance Fairies - sending you sparkly motivation, running mojo, and swag!

How Do You Participate?!
  • Leave a Comment here sharing your commitment to distance! What are your goals for this week?
  • Tweet Me or Send me your Instagram pics @darwinianfail and share your workout and progress
  • Use the Hashtag #Distance13 so we can see what you are up to and you can link up with others who are Going The Distance!

Next Week Robyn will be hosting the first if our 4 giveaways! And I will be sharing my training plan, my 2013 racing schedule, lots of recipes, and my Running Tips for Beginners! So make sure to check in on Monday and get ready to go the Distance!!

2013 I got this!
Ready?! Let's do this!
Love your Favourite Darwinian Fail,
Krysten

37 comments:

  1. I'm hoping to run a sub-2 half marathon this year...actually this weekend!! I've been 30 seconds close in 2012! I'm also hoping to get faster and do more longer runs while I'm not race training! #distance13 in the house!

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    1. CHEERING FOR YOU CHICKIE!! You are gonna kill that race this weekend :)

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  2. Awesome goal! My goal for 2013 is to train for and run my first full marathon! I’ve been logging my km’s for two years, just on an Excel spreadsheet I designed myself. I love setting weekly and monthly km goals. Don’t always achieve them, but I like having something to work towards. 2013 is definitely about more mileage for me too.

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    1. AMAZING!! Yay Marathons!! So excited for you! #Distance13 here we come!

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  3. I've got a half in February, my first. So I'm starting to FREAK OUT! lol! My goal for this week is to run 7 miles or more. I've had a bad, bad migraine situation so hoping to finish out the week strong.

    My year goal is to continue running and training after the half, but lose 30 pounds so I can run a full in 2014.

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    1. YOU CAN DO IT WENDY!!! Can't wait to read all about it too!!

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  4. I am just a beginner but my goal is to start running 15 miles a week, thats just 3 miles a day so I figured I can start with that and see how it goes. Your running tips for beginners will help me so much :)

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    1. I am definitely going to post my beginner tips next week :)! That sounds like such a great goal! WAY TO GO!!

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  5. Happy lucky '13 to you! My first marathon was 5:22, I'm looking to sub-5 one someday too - I know I have it in my (just didn't that day).

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    1. That exactly how I feel! I had it in me, but just not on race day. We can do it!

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  6. I've been running seriously about a year now. Signed up today for my first half marathon on March 2nd. Really scared because my mileage has been less than stellar the last few months as I struggled through a lot of life changes and challenges. However, in spite of those challenges I am going to find my strength and push forward. I hope the Trown Half will help me focus on the positive. Looking forward to reading about everyone else's accomplishments as well. This week mileage will be zero as I recover from steep throat but come Saturday I hope to run 4-5 miles and begin a rigorous 8 week plan. Good luck to everyone beginning their journeys.

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    1. YOU CAN DO IT! Just stay focused on logging those miles and you will ROCK that half marathon! PROUD OF YOU!

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  7. I'm in! I started running about 3 years ago and still end up doing a walk/run mixture. I keep trying to add longer run times, but have found that often the run for 4 -7 min. and walk 1 min. works well for my achey knees.

    Goals for the year? Run my first marathon without dying on April 28th...hilly one. I'd love to finish in anything under 5 1/2 hours...or just finish. I'll need to work on 30 day goals but my training log is showing that I should complete 40 to 44 miles. I'd also like to add strength training 2x a week for 20 min., so that will be 160 minutes of strength.

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    1. Run/Walk mixtures are great! There is a lot of research that suggests that when done properly, you actually don't even lose any time!

      THOSE GOALS SOUND FABULOUS!!

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  8. Great plan and fun challenge! I am going to be starting my marathon training in earnest next Monday. Let's rock this!

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  9. I am not a "runner" but I run. I enjoy reading about all your goals & plans - amazing!!!! Not a long distance gal here... I am more weight lover but I do run! :)

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  10. Awesome! Great challenge :)

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  11. Great challenge! My closest goal is sub-2 half marathon, but I am hoping to be joining you in the ranks of marathoner later this year ;) My weekly mileage distance goals will definitely be increasing!

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    1. YOU CAN DO IT!! When is the Half?

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  12. I'm in! Love challenges, obviously. You even come across super happy in the video. 2013 is gonna be HUGE!

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    1. You know me, generally a pretty happy gal! SO PUMPED! You gonna join me for my sub-5 marathon attempt?! (wink wink nudge nudge)

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  13. I will be running Boston Marathon and despite multiple injuries in 2012, I plan to train smart and PR! Good luck with your goal...I know you can do it!

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    1. BOSTON is Gangster!! SO SO SO AMAZING!! (Thats a secret goal of mine.. gotta get my sub-5 first though)

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  14. Great idea - I like a challenge that let's everyone pick the target that's right for them. I am tracking my distances in swim, bike & run now -- lots of tracking going on. My January target is to not miss more than 2 workouts this month. :)

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    1. YOU CAN DO IT GIRLIE! Did I read you are training for an ironman?

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  15. Good luck in your goal! You've got it! I'm hoping for my first full marathon debut this year. Last year left me hobbled with a knee injury during the midpoint of training. This year is mine. Ready to log the miles!

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    1. YOU GOT THIS! You are gonna Rock 2013! And you can definitely go for Marathon glory! (trust me if I can - you can)

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  16. I've got the Chilly Half-Marathon in March... this week's training is going well; I scared myself by looking at the mileage totals expected for January... 164km or over 100 miles! Eek.

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    1. EEK!! I am training for the Chilly Too! We can do it!

      And we need to plan a blogger meet up at race kit pickup!!

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  17. Girl, you make me wanna sign up for another marathon this year!!!
    I'm doing the 13in2013 with half marathons though, so I've got to play around with that running schedule and try to find that balance between running healthy verses running a big race again.

    You've totally got the sub-5! Count me in!!!

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    1. You have some serious running to do this year! What a FABULOUS goal! You can do it chickie!

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  18. Love this! I am signing up for my first ever marathon this year! The VT City Marathon in May...super nervous because training starts in 2 weeks-winter training! This is such a great idea!

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    1. YOU CAN DO IT!! Congrats on taking the MARATHON plunge!! So awesome!!

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  19. Awesome blog. I enjoyed reading it. I'm also training for a spring marathon, so I'll be sure to check back often to "compare notes."
    Keep up the great work.

    -Tracy
    www.alongwaytoboston.com

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  20. Good luck with your training! I am training for Boston so will be training in spirit with you and cheering you on along the way! You are an amazing strong woman and can do whatever you set your mind to. Which marathon are you going to run? Happy running!

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  21. I'm going to try to do the 13 in 2013, hopefully with two half-marathons in there. My focus for January is just running easy km's, staying healthy, and building a nice base. I really don't want to be sidelined with injuries, as I was in the back half of 2012. I want to increase my km's conservatively to really just have fun this month doing only easy runs and (semi-)long runs!

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