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13.1 Resolutions for 2013: Halfway Point Check-In

I have completed #TK and TK.
I have completed #11—I took my kids with me on my last 7-miler before Ironmother— and #1, running naked. And I'm currently on #10: have run one 3-miler since Ironmother. I'll head out again on Monday for another easy lope. And I'm definitely going to do a trail race  (#2) before 2013 is over.

This is the article that ran with our January 2013 newsletter, and since we're more than halfway through 2013 (!), we thought it would be a good time to check in and see where you all are. 

Resolution, schmesolution. One measly task is so stringent and final: You either succeed or fail. Not for us, thanks; our stress levels are already impressively high.

But 13.1 small assignments for 2013? Feels much more flexible and possible. Like we could taste success regularly (yum!), and use that momentum to keep putting one foot in front of the other.

So here are a few tasks we'd like to task you with in 2013. Check them out; pick one, a couple, or all of them; and then be amazed at how completing one or more benefits your running—and, not coincidentally, lowers your stress level.

1. Run naked—no GPS, no music, no watch, no agenda—regularly. Could be once a week or once a quarter: whatever feels possible for you and your level of anal retentiveness. (Guarantee, even if you’re on a strict training schedule, running bling-free won’t wreck your progress. In fact, your legs and mind will be fresher than ever.)

2. If you haven’t run on a trail, do so. If you have, up the ante and try a trail race. The vibe is so different than a road run or race, you owe it to yourself to give it a whirl.

3. Find at least one new running route from your house. (If your options are limited, at least run your regular route backwards.)

4. Promise yourself that if your knee, foot, IT band or other vital body part is feeling the destructive kind of pain on a run—you’re wincing or changing your stride or gutting it out—you won't just plow forward with your training.You'll do your best to figure out the cause, then foam rollstrengthen your hips, or do what you need to do until you're not wincing, changing your stride, or gutting it out. Repeat after us: No running-induced injury ever got better by more running.

5. When somebody asks you if you run, simply say yes. No qualifiers—I’m so slow, I just started, I only do 5K’s—allowed. None. Just this: “Yes, I am a runner.”

6. Volunteer at one race, minimum.

7. Run a race with just one goal: To take it all in. Leave all thoughts of numbers behind and high-five every spectator you can; chat up your fellow runners; check out the scenery; don’t curse the lines at the Port-a-Potties; see if you can snag an excellent finish line pic. (And if that’s your usual M.O., for one race focus more on the clock and yourself: What are you capable of?)

8. Set a numerical goal. Make it slightly ambitious, but still doable considering your schedule and running experience: Run X times weekly or monthly; race X times in 2013; run X miles monthly or yearly. Adding those little numbers is (almost) as fulfilling as a post-run high.

9. Pick one run a week, cut it short by 15 minutes and spend those 15 minutes strength training: Lunge, squat, push-up, plank, crunch, triceps dip...you know the drill. Better yet: if the weather is cooperating, stop your run 5 minutes from the end, get in some strength at a park or quiet street, then finish up the run. (Promise, nobody cares if you’re lunging down the sidewalk.) If you want something more challenging, check out Sarah in Get Ripped Like a Mother.

10. If you run a marathon, don't run at all for at least a week post race. After a 13.1, give yourself at least two days of no pounding. And then make your runs easy-peasy, no-more-than-30-minutes for at least three outings. Your legs will thank you—and us.

11. Whether they’re on foot or bike, have your kiddos join you on a run. They set the pace and distance, of course. And you make it fun: can you get to that stop sign? Can you sing and run at the same time? Can you run for 30 seconds then skip for 30 seconds? Can you beat me? (If you have to hold yourself back to let your kid win, soak it up, mother runner. Guessing it, like most beauties of childhood, doesn’t last long enough.)

12. Ask a friend to run. If she’s a newbie, pace her nice and slow—a run/walk combo is a great call—and go a little longer than she thinks she can. Before you part ways, set up specifics (time, date, place) for your next run together.

13. On those days when you're hit with the there’s.just.no.way.I.have.the.energy.to.run blahs, head out for half of a mile; if you're still not feeling it, you can turn around, and you still got in one mile.

.1. Tell a friend about the another mother runner tribe

Have you ticked any of thees off? Do you have other goals you're accomplished? We love hearing about your successes and experiences; comment below, give us the details on our Facebook page, or email us at runmother [at] gmail [dot] com.

17 responses to “13.1 Resolutions for 2013: Halfway Point Check-In

  1. I’ve done a few of these – I’m now really wanting to do a half ironman…although I’d have to rely on swimming in pools – there are truly no places for open water swims around here…sigh.

  2. This is great! I wish I would have seen this at the beginning of the year…but I’m a new AMR follower. I will definitely be doing something like this for my 2014 resolutions…love the idea!

  3. I have enjoyed doing some of the list…trails, running with kids, running with newbies, strength training, on a new run taking it all in and not worrying about time, I have signed up for a 1/2 in September, too. Enjoying my running and hoping I stay healthy and motivated.

  4. I’ve done a lot more than I realized! #1-5 all easily checked off. I just took in every step of a 5k, so there’s #7. Working on #8, killing myself with a 30-day ab challenge so there’s #9. I haven’t done a half yet this year, but if I do (and I hope it’s in the cards), I promise to follow #10. As for #11, at the end of most runs this summer, my kids meet me for a lap around the block, which I LOVE. I’m working on #12… and #13, well, that’s a battle I fight on a sometimes weekly basis. Love this post! Thanks for the reminder that I need to volunteer at a race.

  5. Hi Kimberly, this is Jen at Thorlo. Love your keep going attitude, and also give yourself a pat on the back for what you HAVE accomplished! I’m sure you learned a lot from those “disappointing races” earlier this year. Email me at jgrant@thorlo.com to let us know how you plan to “race even smarter.”

  6. Hey, this is Jen at Thorlo. Wow, great post – thanks for sharing. I wonder how many people review their resolutions at the half-way point? Thanks for sharing, and email me sometime to let me know how you’re doing the rest of the year — jgrant@thorlo.com

  7. Love these do much!

    I am definitely going to volunteer at a race one day soon! But I don’t think I am ever going to run on a trail, because our wildlife here is pretty hostile (snakes and wild pigs), and I don’t like nature. 🙂

  8. #4 is my current focus. I’ve had hip/glute issues for years and I’m really spending needed time on my foam roller, on my mat doing strength exercises, core work, and icing. I can tell such an enormous difference! Thanks for the (hilarious) youtube video- I added it to my collection of hip exercises.

  9. I’ve already checked off 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, and 13. By far the most rewarding for me was packing my 5 month old twins into my Chariot CX-2 and bringing them along with me for a run! I expected to hate running with a stroller, but the Chariot is a Cadillac and I loved being able to share my love for running with my kids! There will be many more stroller runs to come!

  10. Running with my kids on their bikes is so rewarding for all of us, and a great lesson in patience…It is a reminder that one of the reasons I run is to be a good role model for them.

  11. I wasn’t a runner at the beginning of the year. I’m not just saying that….I literally did not start until February. But I have done many of these. The strength training was a habit I already had established before running. I LOVE it! Strength and running are my two loves. I’m going to a yoga class today. Not as excited about that but I think it will be useful.

    I need to be better about running with my kids for fun. I really try to let them set the pace but it is soooo hard! We tried for a longer walk last night instead of a run and that was easier on everyone. I think the kids will get more into it when it is not so hot!

    I really want to do a trail run. And I am definitely going to volunteer at a race before my first half (2/2014). The only one on the list that I cannot even contemplate is running naked. I love my tunes and BAMR podcasts.

  12. I smiled at not only the reminder but the fact that I’ve managed to do many of these. But, I do need to focus on running naked and proper strength training.

  13. I surprised myself – I’ve done a lot of these. I have done two races naked, volunteered at two, taken the kid in the BOB and ran a half just to enjoy the gorgeous scenery (Run the Bluegrass in Lexington). This solo runner has even been on a run date though it didn’t go as fabulously as hoped.

    I’ve had some disappointing races this year and so my goal for my fall marathon is to train smart and run the race even smarter. It means running slow and pace better. While I’m hoping to hit a time goal, I want to feel stronger than I did during my first.

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