2013 Goals

11 01 2013

I know you’ve been waiting with bated breath for this post (er, probably not. But I won’t fault you for that 🙂 ).

So, here they are, my 2013 goals:


  • Read more frequently. So I know goals are supposed to be measurable, (SMART goals, I learned that from being a teacher!!) and “more frequently” isn’t exactly a discrete amount of time. One would think this is easy for me, since I don’t have cable. But most of my reading consists of blogs, Facebook statuses, and cramming in whatever book I’m reading for book club. Uh yeah, let’s grow up Steph, shut the computer and get your read on!
  • Learn/experience something new each month. Bill and I were having a conversation recently about one of the big differences in our personalities. He’s more of a get out and experience new things and don’t think twice about it kinda guy, whereas I’ll be a bit lot more cautious and think through all the details before deciding to dive on in. He lives life for the experiences. Bill is also constantly reading and learning new things and I really respect that. So, in 2013, I’m going to try to let a little bit of Bill rub off on me 🙂hang gliding
  • Volunteer at least once a quarter (hopefully more!). One of the things that brings me joy is serving others. Not in the sense of “can I take your order?” but doing something for someone else that makes their life a little easier. Whether it’s volunteering for a race, helping out at a soup kitchen, or showing cars where to park (which I did right before Christmas at the Metropolitan Ministries Christmas Tent), I never leave without a smile on my face and warm fuzzies in my heart. The world could use a little love.


  • Keep a clean/organized house. I moved into my new place and L-O-V-E it. Bill is my decorator/organizer/builder extraordinaire. He constantly reminds me that one of the keys to organization is that everything has a home. It’s okay to have a lot of stuff, but the stuff needs to have a designated place for it to live. Everything in my new place seems to have a home; I just need to make sure to return everything to its home once I use it!
  • #HappyList daily. I often see tweets from my friend Dee with the hash tag “happylist,” but I never knew what it was all about. So, I recently asked her about it (via Instagram) and she told me that it’s to help her remember the good things that happen in a day, instead of dwelling on the negatives. I thought that it was such a great idea and was inspired to start writing my own happy list. I’m 5 days in, and it brings a smile to my face to remember the positives from my day- no matter how big or small. I hope to continue all year long, if not longer! Thanks for the inspiration Dee!   #happylist



  • Finish a half ironman. Injury sidelined me last year, but I’m feeling much better. So, Rev3 Venice Beach, I’m coming for you!
  • PR a half marathon.  This is a little ambitious, coming off of an injury, but I’d really like to go sub 1:50. (My PR is actually 1:51 something, at Rock N Roll USA) Maybe I’ll ask Mary to pace me 🙂
  • Podium at least once this season. This will be a tough one I think. I’m moving up into a new age group (eek!) and I believe the 30-34 age group for women is pretty competitive in most triathlons. I’m training hard with Team XP, so we’ll see what I can do.


And there you have it folks! Steph’s goals for 2013 🙂

I’ll leave you with a quote I stumbled upon while reading various posts about resolutions and “fresh starts in the new year” and all that jazz. It has really resonated with me, so I thought I’d share:

“Everyday, think as you wake up,

today I am fortunate to be alive,

I have a precious human life,

I am not going to waste it.”

-Dalai Lama

Country Music Marathon Goals

27 04 2012

I can’t believe its almost race day.  EEEEPP!

For the past 16 weeks, my legs have been logging more miles than they ever have before, and now its time for the pay off. Bring it on Nashville!

Here’s my goals for tomorrow:

1) Finish!

I haven’t run a marathon since 2006. At the time, I was still lifeguarding at the beach. One of the guys I worked with told me that I wasn’t going to finish- sort of in jest, but sort of not. Believe me, those words stuck with me as I was running, and I refused to walk and I refused to quit. When negative thoughts came into my head, I pushed them aside and told myself I was going to finish. He was NOT going to be right.

This time around, I didn’t have anyone telling me I can’t do it. In fact, I’ve felt an incredible amount of support, and have been so thankful for it! My biggest challenge this time around (at least in my training) has been myself. I’ve let my negative thoughts get to me, and have stopped runs short because I was hurting or I just mentally wasn’t in it. I’m going to be my biggest challenge in getting to that finish line. I need to squash the negative thoughts and KNOW that I can do it. Sure, it will hurt, but the glory of the finish line (and the thought of an amazingly yummy brunch) will motivate me to get through!

2) Have fun!

If I don’t accomplish this, there is something seriously wrong with me. First, I’m going to be in Nashville, an incredibly fun city! I’ve been there a few times before and love the live music scene, and can’t wait to get my line-dance on! Second, I’m going to see LOTS of people I know there, from different walks of my life!

I’m staying with Michelle, my college roommate:

This picture is a few years old, and now she’s got a 2nd little boy too. I can’t wait to meet little Micah, and see how big Isaac has gotten! Michelle’s not running, but her hubby is!

A few of my friends from DC are racing too! Stacie, Caroline, and Anna are all running the half!

We’ll all look this good when we race. 🙂

My new Tampa friend, Mary is also running the full. She’s hoping to BQ! She’s in phenomenal shape and I can’t wait to hear all about her race!

My other college roommate, Leah and her friend Kitty are running as well! Leah’s doing the half and Kitty is doing the full.

These would make great running outfits, eh? Haha! This picture is from Halloween; Kitty is Summer and Leah is Winter. (I cropped out Spring and Fall, sorry!) I’m wondering if they’ll dress up for the race?

And finally, I’m SUPER excited because BILL WILL BE THERE TOO!!

He happens to have a gig on Friday which is within driving distance to Nashville. What are the chances?! So, he’s going to be there to watch me race and I couldn’t be more excited about it! His smiling face and encouraging words are definitely going to help get me through this thing!

If you’re wondering about the time-goals I’ve set, here they are:

A Goal: Finish in 4:00 or faster

After I discovered the McMillan running calculator and it spit out that I should be able to complete a sub 4 hour marathon, I set my sights on that 4 hour milestone. It’s been my goal all along but I think I’m going to have to dig deep to achieve this. I have doubts that the amount of training I did fully prepared me for the marathon, but what’s done is done, and I can’t go back and add more miles in now. I need to push those doubts aside, and be confident in the level of fitness I have. I know that I did get in a hilly 17-miler and a pretty good 20 miler among some other 13-16 mile runs, and hopefully these will carry me across the 26.2 miles.

B Goal: Finish between 4:00 and 4:15

I’d be happy to finish in this range for sure. I believe my last marathon in 2006 was a 4:45 or something, so crossing the line at 4:15 would still be a good 30 minute PR. Nashville is also pretty hilly and I didn’t really take that into account when hoping to go sub-4. But, we’ll see!

My bags are packed, and I think I’ve got everything I need.

Good luck to everyone else who’s running this weekend too!!

Catch ya on the flip side!

Goals for 2012

3 01 2012

Happy New Year Friends! I hope your year is off to a great start! Mine’s starting off swell. Right now, I’m on vacation in the Caribbean/Central America, on a cruise with this guy:

It’s my week to relax before my big move which is happening in a little over a week. EEEK!

Anywho… Since this is the first post of the new year, I thought I’d share with you some of my goals for 2012.  I’m a goal oriented person, and one thing I learned while teaching was to make SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely). You won’t find me saying, “This year I resolve to fill in the blank with generic new year’s resolution.”  That doesn’t motivate me at all. I guess it comes down to semantics, but I prefer to have goals to achieve, rather than just deciding to do something differently this year.

So, here’s a few that I’d like to share.

Athletic Goals:

  • Run a sub 4:00 marathon at the Country Music Marathon in April. I hope to do so by following my training plan.
  • Complete a Half IronMan. I need to research Florida races, but I’m considering the new Rev3 70.3 or Miami 70.3. Oh, or a smaller, local race!
  • Go 2:30 (or faster) in an Olympic distance triathlon. My best time right now is 2:39.20, from a race in 2010. Though I raced 4 Olympics last year, 3 of them weren’t “true” Olympic distances, and the other was done in ridiculous heat, so I didn’t push too hard. It’s a lofty goal, but I want it bad.  Maybe even more so than the sub 4:00 marathon…
  • Practice yoga regularly. OK, so this might not be the most defined goal, but I’ll count it a success if I go 1 day/week while I’m training for my marathon and tris.

Personal Goals:

  • Get connected into the Tampa tri scene.  Aka join the local tri club and actually training with them! I’m a member of the DC Tri club, but I can probably count on one hand the number of club events I’ve participated in.  Being in a new city, I’m looking to the tri club as a way to meet people.
  • Stay connected with all my DC friends. Of course there’s Facebook, the blog, and texting. But I want to (gasp) pick up the phone and call people the old fashioned way. My college roommate Michelle is REALLY good at keeping in touch. I think she keeps a list of the people she needs to call each week. I might should take a lesson from her.

I’ve got several more that are developing in my head, but since 2012 is my last year in my 20s (AHHHHHHHHHHHH), these “personal goals” will show up in the form of a “30 before 30” post.

Blog Goals:

  • Continue to blog 2-3 days per week, while balancing a new job in a new city and life in general. This is obviously going to depend on how crazy life gets in the next few months.
  • Go self-hosted! I want to take the blog to the next level, and get a bit more creative with design and layout and stuff. By Dec. 31, 2012, this will be done!

If my month of January is any indication, 2012 is already shaping up to be an exciting year!

Question of the day: Did you set any goals for 2012? Which are you most excited about accomplishing? Which will be the hardest to accomplish?