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12K’s of the Holidays: Halfway There!

December 14, 2010
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Liza, a pink-cheeked, blue-eyed friend of my older daughter, Phoebe, is a girl after my own heart. When Liza was in first grade, she often did solo laps around the playground blacktop rather than swinging from the monkey bars or zipping down the slide with her pals. At the end of that grade, she ran the 2-mile Doggie Dash with a greyhound’s intensity. On the soccer field, Liza often seems more eager to run up and down the field than dribble the ball or shoot goals.

Liza came over on Saturday to decorate holiday cookies with Phoebe and some of her pals. After my 14-mile run on what turned out to be one of the rainiest day in 2010 in Portland (no small feat!), I had rolled, cut, and baked sugar cookies and gingerbread men—easily 150 cookies. The girls dove into decorating with gusto, calling for more frosting within minutes. At one point, Liza showed me a tree cookie she’d festooned with green frosting, red orb and snowflake sprinkles, and a blazing yellow star on top.  As she surveyed the scores of unfrosted cookies, she wondered aloud, “What is our goal here?”

I couldn’t help but laugh. Come on: What third-grader thinks about goals in such a concrete, matter-of-fact way? Then I answered my own question: The one who is destined to grow up to be a devoted runner: Liza.

Banana-flavored hydration in a tube. What'll they think of next?

To paraphrase Liza, what’s your goal with running? It can be short-term (to break 30 minutes in that Jingle Bell 5K next weekend) or long term (reduced risk of heart attack or osteoporosis anyone?). Lengthy (a marathon in 2011) or more immediate (a mile without walking). Tell us, and 7 of you will each win 6 tubes of nuun (one of each flavor: tri-berry, lemon lime, orange ginger, kona cola, citrus fruit and banana). Nuun, as we’ve stated a couple times before, is our absolutely most fave electrolyte replacement drink. (Electrolytes: the salt and other minerals you lose when you sweat. Often, headaches after a long run aren’t just because of dehydration; they’re also because of electrolyte loss. Drinking a couple bottles of nuun-laced water after marathon training runs helped Dimity, scientifically determined to be a heavy sweater, kill her headaches.)

Several times a day—always before my morning run and in the afternoon at my desk—I drop one of these low-calorie, slightly sweet tablets into a bottle of plain water, wait a few minutes for it to fizz, then chug-a-lug the tasty, restorative drink it has become. If you haven’t already, we know you’ll become addicted to these magic tablets, as Liza already is to running.

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8 winners of the two-pack combo of Sole Socks–and the thing that puts a spring in their step–are:

1. Sarah: The thought of alone time puts a spring in my step and gets my butt out the door. Running is a time for me to be in charge. My route, my pace, my music. That makes me very happy. And reminding myself about that perks me up on those days when I don’t feel into my run. The only person placing demands on me is…me! Can’t get that anywhere else. Makes me almost giddy.

2. Dawn: My inspiration is my 9 month old son. While he is fighting cancer, I find running a good way to keep my mind off things.

3. Sarah Carlin: There’s nothing better than remembering a song that you love, but haven’t heard in a while, transferring it to your iPod, and hearing it when you run. I tend to listen to it over and over before I skip to the next one.

4. Shannon: Every new volume of the “Glee” soundtrack, downloaded onto my iPod Shuffle, makes the next run a lot more fun. Also, ever since winter came, the discovery that my summer running skirts look super cute over running tights–and add an extra layer of warmth for my rear end–has made me very happy and more eager to bound out the door.

5. Beth B.: My hubby got me a new iPod Shuffle for my birthday (in November) since my old one went kaput; so now i’m able to enjoy the tunes again while i’m running! That helps!

6. A Slice of Wife: I love new gear. Lately it’s been my argyle/heart pattern arm warmers from runningskirts.com. They are very “Alice in Wonderland” to me and I love wearing them on trail runs.

7. Chaya: A recent tempo run that had me leaving my (male) running partner in the dust! It gave me a huge boost of confidence for last Friday’s half-marathon, where I did indeed set a big PR.

8. Jennifer Schantz: I just received a b.day gift subscription to a running magazine…Something about it maybe me feel like I am officially a runner! I definitely need that boost to embrace my runner identity on these cold December days!

Congrats on your new holiday stockings! E-mail us at runmother at gmail dot com, and in the subject line write Sole Socks Winner! In the e-mail, please include your shoe size and your address, and we’ll get on it.

322 Comments leave one →
  1. Judy permalink
    December 14, 2010 3:48 am

    In 2011 my goal is to run 2011 miles. In order to do that I need to run everyday. It helps me get out the door.

    • Alecia permalink
      December 14, 2010 7:20 am

      I’m really linking this goal, and I might steal it.

    • December 14, 2010 7:57 am

      Wow!! That’s an average of 38.something miles per week. Nice goal! I’m like Alecia, I might have to steal it! 😀

  2. December 14, 2010 3:50 am

    I want to start runninbg 5ks in 2011 again. I want to run my first one “back” under 30 minutes with the long range goal of getting in the 25s.

  3. Ali permalink
    December 14, 2010 3:57 am

    My goal….simple fitness!

  4. SueM permalink
    December 14, 2010 4:19 am

    My goal in running is to be the best that I can be. It’s not to win the race or even place in my age group. It’s to be fully present in each and every run and set an example for my daughter that women are strong and powerful.

  5. Jacinda permalink
    December 14, 2010 4:36 am

    I want to run a half-marathon in less than 2 hours and get back to my pre-pregnancy weight!

  6. Megan permalink
    December 14, 2010 4:45 am

    My goal is to stay healthy so that I can play an active part in my children’s lives for many years to come!

  7. Mandy permalink
    December 14, 2010 5:00 am

    My goal for 2011 is two fold: maintain my sanity (through running) and run a 1/2 marathon.

  8. Carolyn permalink
    December 14, 2010 5:27 am

    I was plagued by injuries in 2010, so my primary goal for 2011 is to strengthen my core muscles so that my body can function better on my runs and suffer fewer injuries. To do this, I will attend a strengthening class at my local Y 2x/wk. And if that goes well I will work on my speedwork and get that sub 8-minute mile on my 5ks.

  9. Kelly permalink
    December 14, 2010 5:29 am

    My goal is to BQ this Sunday at the Jacksonville Marathon.

  10. December 14, 2010 5:36 am

    Running helps me with my goal to Live, Live, Live until I Die!

  11. Robin permalink
    December 14, 2010 5:37 am

    Sub-2 half in 2011!

  12. December 14, 2010 5:39 am

    There are so many things I would like to do with running this coming year but I have two major goals. The first is to stay injury free!!! This past year I ran 1100 miles and this coming year my other major goal is to run 1500. It would be easier to achieve if I reach my first goal of an injury-free year! Oh and yes…my third goal is to enjoy the journey that running has in store for me this coming year!!!

  13. December 14, 2010 5:42 am

    My distance running goals may vary (10 miler 2009, marathon 2010, ??? 2011) but my running goal is always the same. To do something that is exclusively for me and only me. It’s my sanity, my drug, my “I don’t feel like getting up but it does more for me than another hour of sleep ever will” solution to managing life’s big and small curve balls. It makes me a better all around person and when you wear many hats (wife, mother, friend, daughter, worker bee) you need all the help you can get.

  14. Amanda D permalink
    December 14, 2010 5:49 am

    To keep running….to keep up with my kids, stay healthy and be happy… simple goals with big returns. Days I run I have more patience, more energy and just plain happier and in turn, makes my kids happier….

  15. Denita permalink
    December 14, 2010 5:55 am

    My goal may sound small to some, but to me it’s a biggie. I want to run a 5K without stopping to walk.

    • December 14, 2010 8:00 am

      That is no small goal—we all either were there at one time or hope to be there one day. YOU CAN DO IT!!!!! 😀

    • Elsie permalink
      December 14, 2010 11:41 am

      Denita that is not a small goal at all. Coming from someone who was in the same boat I completely understand. My goal early this year was exactly that! I ran my first 5k in 2009 and wanted to finish in under 30 minutes. I did but had to walk a couple of times. I did the same race in 2010 and did it without walking at all!

      My goals are to get up to running 2 miles by the end of this month. I am not a runner and after the race above I stopped running, then got injured over the summer and just started back up again.

      Before my March 5k I would like to be able to run 4 miles. I also want to run my 5k in 27 minutes.

  16. Tammy Sanders permalink
    December 14, 2010 5:57 am

    To run my second marathon but this time without getting injured along the way – what a disappointment that was…

  17. Ami permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:00 am

    My goal for 2011 is to run my first ultra in the fall!

  18. Nancy M permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:06 am

    My goals are to have better fitness/endurance, possibly lose inches in the abdominal area, and participate in our towns triathalon in August.

  19. Janette permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:10 am

    My goals for this year are to break 2:30 in my next half marathon in March, run my first full marathon next December, and try and stay injury free. Been plagued by various injuries this year, so hopefully no more!

  20. Nicole permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:21 am

    Its a 1/2 and a full marathon for me in 2011! Well, staying injury free is the first goal;)

  21. Megan permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:21 am

    My goal is to not run most of the year in various stages of injury.

  22. December 14, 2010 6:24 am

    Goals: Marathon before I’m 40 (I’m 37), go under 24min in a 5K (24:07 is the time to beat), and very long term, keep my weight in check so I can live longer!

  23. Stephanie permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:30 am

    my goal for 2011 is to run my first full marathon. I also want to keep running to be a strong, happy & healthly mom

  24. Jalayne permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:31 am

    To improve my half marathon time of 1:26. Most importantly, my life goal with running is to set a good example for my daughter and future children.

  25. Corinna permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:32 am

    My goal is to run my first half marathon in under 2:30:00 which is in March. Also to do my first and second full marathon with my dad. The Missoula marathon in July and the Savannah Rock’n’Roll marathon in November. Over all though I want to set an example for my two yr old who is already saying “Mommy run” and “Go” when he runs around the house with me.

  26. Andrea permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:34 am

    My goals for 2011 are to remain injury free and to run a 10k, 15k, and a 1/2.

  27. Laurie Allin permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:36 am

    My immediate goal is to find that runner that did her first 1/2 marathon in October, accomplishing her goal of actually running the entire distance without walking. Now it seems I can’t run even a mile without walking. Blah! Out to run 2.5 today – hope there’s a runner in there today.

  28. kim permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:44 am

    to keep moving and hold on to the my new fondness for running

  29. December 14, 2010 6:46 am

    Short term, my goal is to NOT gain any weight over the holiday season. I’ve decided to cut myself some slack in the diet department, and in exchange, I have to workout most days each week. This is just my little deal with myself, so that I can enjoy the holiday goodies without as much guilt. Long term, I’m hoping to get more stregnth training into my weekly rotation, and I hope to run a sub-2 hour half-marathon this year. Hoping for the Kentucky Derby Mini Marathon and/or a Rock-n-Roll Half next year.

  30. December 14, 2010 6:46 am

    My original goal was to lose weight. And after 20 pounds, I can say I did that. However, it’s a constant effort to maintain. Running is no longer just for weight-loss. It’s my sanity. So my goal for running is to stay healthy, physically and mentally.

  31. December 14, 2010 6:46 am

    2011 Goal = Survive a sprint tri. No time goal, just finish

    And improve my half marathon time. Current PR is 2:27, would *love* to see 2:15 or better

  32. ShelleyMM permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:50 am

    My goals in 2011 are to run a half-marathon and to run to maintain my fitness and my sanity.

  33. Sue Garrabrant permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:53 am

    My 2011 goal is to finish the Philly Marathon in November (hopefully running the whole 26.2), but my overall goal for any run is to release as many feel-good endorphins as possible and feel energized, powerful, clear-headed, and healthy. The fact that I can eat a little more and still look pretty good in my jeans is a bonus! 🙂

  34. Darcy permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:55 am

    To keep running! Since I have only been running 7 weeks, my goal is to continue running 3-5x a week and hopefully get faster and be able to run longer. I do have goals to complete at least 2 5k and a 10k in 2011.

  35. December 14, 2010 6:56 am

    My running goal… it’s that time of year isn’t it? OK, so my goal is to break X:59:59 at a marathon in ’11. I am not ready to put it ALL out there in the universe just yet.

  36. Allison M permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:56 am

    My goal is to do a half in under 2:20. And do at least 2 triathlons this summer.

  37. Linda B permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:58 am

    My goal for this year is to run my 2nd half marathon in May and my first marathon in December.

  38. renee permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:58 am

    My short-term goal is to make it through the winter logging some (any) miles every week. (With the -0 temp, +30 wind, and crazy snow it may be difficult.) My longer term goal is to run a sub 1:48 1/2 marathon. (Current PR = 1:56.)

  39. Jess M permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:58 am

    I began running to lose weight. I continue running because it keeps me happy and sane. In 2011, I train for my first full marathon in the fall.

  40. Holly S. permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:58 am

    Ultimately, my goal is to feel good! Many of running’s effects contribute: I don’t gain weight, so I feel good about my appearance. The endorphins flow, so I’m not depressed. I have more energy, so I’m more productive. I’m in better general health, and I think this contributes to my immunity, so I rarely get sick.

  41. December 14, 2010 6:59 am

    I have been running for more than a year, and still haven’t gotten been able to run more than 3 miles at a time. While in the short-term a half-marathon is on my bucket list for this lifetime, I do enjoy the long-term benefits of knowing my heart is working more efficiently, and my muscles are more toned than they were a year ago. I might not be where I want to be, but at least I am on my way.

  42. CindyAz permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:00 am

    My goal is to set a good example for my two boys (ages 12 and 11) about what fitness is and how to be good to yourself.

  43. Catrina permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:01 am

    My goal for 2011, is to run a faster half. I just finished my first half in Nov., got injured and taking Dec. slowly, which is killing me! But come Jan. I will be back into training mode, and hopefully do it better this time!

  44. December 14, 2010 7:08 am

    2 goals: to stay injury free, and to break 24 hours at the 100 mile distance.

  45. Aimee K. permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:08 am

    My goal for 2011 is to run my first Marathon. Chicago 2011

  46. WendyLD permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:09 am

    My goal is to up the miles, working towards my first half marathon in the spring!

  47. Stephanie permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:10 am

    My goal for 2011 is to continue running and try to participate in a race longer than a 5k!

  48. December 14, 2010 7:12 am

    My goal for over 8 years has been to complete the Leadville Trail 100 Race Across the Sky. Well, I completed it this summer, but I missed making it under 30 hours. This summer, I’m going back.

  49. Callie permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:14 am

    I’ve got two goals:

    1. Work on speedwork to get some better 5K times this Spring.
    2. Run another 1/2 marathon in the Fall. I ran my first this past Fall and can’t wait for another!

  50. December 14, 2010 7:17 am

    My running goal for 2011 is to get faster and stronger, so that in the fall I can shoot for a BQ, since my qualifying time will change this year (lucky me!).

    I also have the additional goal (and job) of coaching beginning runners to their first marathon, which is quite a joy to watch.

  51. Alecia permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:17 am

    1) To be an example to my children, so that they will naturally want to live active lifestyles when they are one day adults. 2) This is extremely long term. I’m 27 now and I’ve decided that when I’m in my forties, I want to qualify for Boston. I’ve seen the qualifying times per age group and I think that’s the only reasonable option.

  52. Erica Richards permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:18 am

    For 2011, I’d like to run an under 2 hour half…just need to find a race.

  53. December 14, 2010 7:28 am

    1. To run 1000 miles in 2011. And 2. To break 5:30 in my next marathon.

  54. December 14, 2010 7:31 am

    My goal is to break 30km in the 5km Around the Bay Road Race. Long term, I’m trying for a 1/2 marathon in late 2011 or early 2012.

    • December 14, 2010 7:32 am

      Duh, blonde Mommy moment (I swear all my kids took my braincells) … My goal is to break 30 minutes in the 5km Around the Bay … not 30km in 5km like my previous post.

  55. Cindy permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:32 am

    I just want to be able to be labeled a runner! I’m working toward being able to run a 5k, that’s my goal for now!

    • December 14, 2010 8:10 am

      If you run, you are a runner!! Even if you are “rulking” or even “walunning” (my terms for running/walking or walking/running)… Keep track of what you’re doing and I can practically guarantee you that you WILL see improvement! YOU GO!! 😀

  56. Kristin permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:35 am

    My short-term goal would be to finish a 5k without walking and/or a finish time of 30 minutes. Long-term goals would be the health benefits – to hopefully fight the diabetes, heart disease, and overweight-ness (not sure that’s a word but the majority of the women in my family are slightly overweight) that tend to run in my family.

  57. Lori Connors permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:37 am

    My goal is to enter/finish a half marathon in 2011. My longest run has been 6.2 miles in 2010 so i am half way there…YEA!

  58. Beverly permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:39 am

    My long term goal is a healthier me. I want to be running well into my 70s even 80s. My short term goals are continued weight loss and my first marathon in 2011. I also want to be an example to my children and grandchildren – especially the girls. We can, and need to, take time for ourselves. It makes us happier, healthier and stronger women when we do!

  59. rebecca permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:40 am

    Initially it was to lead by example- I was making all of my son’s baby food making sure that his body stayed as pure/clean as possible, while I was eating all sorts of junk… So, I started running and eating better. My goal was to make myself and my family healthier. I then decided to run a 5k, got hooked, and now my goal is a 10k and I’d really like to build my confidence and run a half this coming year! I’m now an honest role model for my son! And 40# lighter… woohoo! Thank you all for being a source of inspiration and strength to me 🙂

  60. Melinda K permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:40 am

    running goals, well mine started out pretty small….just to run an entire 5k without walking, then i did a half marathon……and 5 more. this year i ran my first full marathon……never would dreamed/believed that i can now call myself a marathon finisher……pretty awesome feeling. this year i also broke my under 30 minute 5k….with 28 something…..that sure felt great. running goals for the future……once my hamstring recovers, get back into running for the joy of it, remembering what i love about it, how it makes me feel. my big goal for the future is to complete a half ironman.

  61. December 14, 2010 7:41 am

    My goals are:
    improve my 5 and 10K pace
    chase down more kms to eventually prepare for a 1/2 in 2011

  62. Kristen F permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:42 am

    I have three goals. First one is survive the Disney marathon coming up in so few weeks. Second to get faster. Third to run St Jude next December with my running partner.

  63. Angela G. permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:51 am

    My goal is to finally beat my husband in a race, at any distance. One day I’m going to outrun that turkey. He “trains” by running a measly 2 or 3 miles A WEEK (I usually run 20-30), then goes out to beat me at every distance from the 5K to a half marathon. He’s also the same sort of guy who can drink beer whenever he wants and eat like a Sumo wrestler and still look like an Adonis on his little 3 miles a week and, maybe, if he’s feeling ambitious, 20 minutes of strength training.

    • December 14, 2010 7:59 am

      I think my husband and yours are twins! I’ll never be able to beat mine, though, unless I trick him into signing up for an ultra or something and somehow manage to train covertly. Ha!

  64. December 14, 2010 7:55 am

    1 – Lose these last 10 pounds that have been bogging me down for over a year now and stop the yo-yo-ing.
    2 – First marathon Nov. 2010 in 5:20 – goal… run another one (or two, or three) and finish quicker 🙂

  65. December 14, 2010 7:55 am

    Short term -sub 30 in the Rudolph Run this Saturday (I promise I had this set prior to reading this post-but that comment really made me laugh!)…beyond that a 25K (TOUGH) trail run in the spring, followed by my first Iron Girl sprint tri and my first marathon! Long term I want to run a 100 miler and complete an Iron Man!! 😀

  66. December 14, 2010 7:56 am

    My goal- to finish a marathon- first one scheduled Jan 16th, and to do a 1/2 under 2 hours. I’d like to try a tri too.

  67. Amber permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:59 am

    My goal is break 1,000 miles in 2011. I know this isn’t a lot to some of you. I broke 800 last week. Prior to this year, I had not run more than 550+ miles in a year. Also, I would like to get faster. :o)

  68. December 14, 2010 7:59 am

    I have lots of goals! Run a 5K in <30 min (I am 30 secs away from that one but it's been 3 years since I ran my first 5K in 38:40), run 2 1/2 marathons in 2011, and fianlly run a full marathon in 2012 (agggghhhhh! – can't believe I out that one in writing!)! Goals make me keep focused and get out and run!

  69. December 14, 2010 7:59 am

    My running goal is to have a sub 1:30 10M, a sub 2 hour 1/2 Marathon, and to push my body in ways I never thought imaginable!! I love proving to myself just what my body is capable of!

  70. December 14, 2010 8:00 am

    My goal for running is to push and challenge myself to be the best I can be. I use running to build a strong body and to maintain my sanity during stressful times. It also helps so I can afford to eat the sweet treats I love!

    • Sarah permalink
      December 14, 2010 8:09 am

      I love that I can eat sweet treats (somewhat) guilt free b/c I run!

  71. Lisa permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:00 am

    My goal in general: get faster and build endurance.

    2011: a full marathon (gulp!)

    (Thank you , thank you for putting the section about nuun in the book, I love it! I wish I have found it sooner.)

    • December 14, 2010 11:25 am

      if you are looking for a stocking stuffer for christmas check out the nuun web-store and use promo code: stockingstuffer to receive 20% off of your entire order!

  72. December 14, 2010 8:01 am

    My primary goals are to run 1000 miles in 2011 and to seek out hills — they killed me in both the bike and run legs of my first sprint tri this year and I’m determined not to let that happen again!

  73. Nan permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:03 am

    At first, my goal was just to be able to run and not walk for thirty or so minutes. Now that I’ve started to amaze myself with runs of more than an hour, my goal for this upcoming year is to run a half marathon. I just scared myself typing that!

  74. December 14, 2010 8:04 am

    My running goals change with the barometer it seems. One minute it’s see more of the world by doing more destination races. THe next it’s shave off a couple of minutes on the 1/2 marathon. Today it’s not to be intmidated by P. Fitzingers Advanced Marathon plan.

  75. Christina permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:05 am

    In general, my running goal is simply to enjoy it! Mix up my training with different kinds of workouts, participate in fun races, make friends, all that good stuff 🙂 Currently, my “concrete” running goal is to train for and complete the 2012 Walt Disney World marathon. It will be my first marathon!

  76. Denise permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:05 am

    My ultimate goal is to run a marathon by the time I’m 50. I started running this year at 44. So far, I’ve done 3 5ks and improved my time on each one, then I had a little setback with an injury. Next year I’ll do a 10k and keep trying to improve my time, and just work up from there. My kids are only 5 and 3, so my most important goal is to get/stay in shape and set a good example for them.

    • Sarah permalink
      December 14, 2010 8:08 am

      I love this goal! Good luck!

  77. Kate L permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:06 am

    My goals

    Run enough miles in December to be prepared for Miami 1/2 marathon at the end of January. After that I’d like to run a spring half marathon Note to NYRR could you please conduct the lottery already?!? 😉

  78. Melissa permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:07 am

    I have so many goals for 2011, some of them include: I would like to go sub-2:30 at my Half Marathon in February (specifically, a 2:20), sub 30 in an official 5K, and lose 5-10 pounds.

  79. Sarah permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:07 am

    My goals are to start a running blog (mainly to keep myself motivated). I am also challenging myself to complete as many 5K’s as I can (currently my only road race lenght), run my first 10K, my first 1/2 Marathon and end the year by running my 1st full 26.2 Marathon.

  80. rushartist permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:08 am

    My running goals are:
    1. To comfortably fit into my pre-babies jeans
    2. To have energy and spunk 🙂
    3. To inspire my kids so that maybe one day we’ll run a race together

  81. melissa permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:15 am

    My short term goal is to find my running mojo again. It has disappeared the last few months.
    My long term goal is stay healthy and active thru my running.

  82. December 14, 2010 8:16 am

    My long-term goals are to break a 1:45 half-marathon and to do a sub-4 marathon.

  83. December 14, 2010 8:16 am

    Ugh, right now my goal is to just get out and run…anything! The cold has me completely unmotivated, along with the Chirstmas errands, work and the endless supply of goodies – this is killing my training! So in stead of concentrating on a February half-marathon and beating myself up about how each week my runs are not satisfactory. I have TODAY shifted my goal and my thinking to just get through this madness, one foot in front of the other. Whether it is 3 miles or 10 miles, just get some miles in until I can’t do anymore.

  84. Julie Fredericks permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:17 am

    I think that is my problem right now – I can’t decide on what my goal is. It used to be finishing a 1/2 marathon, but I have done that enough that it doesn’t really motivate me. I have to decide whether I am just a social runner or if I want to strive to get better. If I don’t chicken out, my next goal will be a long duathalon in June – 50-60 mile bike ride followed by a 1/2 marathon.

  85. LaurenM permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:19 am

    A sub 2 half, and a full marathon in 2011, now to convince my husband he wants to run 26.2 miles.

  86. Joanna permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:20 am

    My goal for 2011 is to run another half marathon (I ran my first this past year.) If I get really ambitious, I might upgrade to a full, but for now the goal is to just get back into the swing of training for those long runs 🙂

  87. Julie permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:20 am

    My short term goals are to keep the weight off (finally at my goal weight!) and to complete the 10K program that I am trying to complete. My long term goal is to be a runner for many years. I don’t want this to be a phase. I want to keep at this.

  88. Grainne Keogh permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:20 am

    Sub 4 Marathon in 2011…Complete an overhead squat with correct form (my trainer says it will come) Just need my hips to open up!!! PATIENCE!!!

  89. December 14, 2010 8:23 am

    One of my goals is to get on the trail more and more. I have a few trail races in mind (first one a 25K in March.) I’d also love to do a sub 2-hour half marathon and run my 3rd full marathon in the fall, hopefully NYC!

  90. katie permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:27 am

    My goal with running- to keep running so I never HAVE to stop. Stay in shape so I can easily be part of other activities I want to be part of.

  91. December 14, 2010 8:30 am

    My 2011 goals are:

    1. Run 2000 miles
    2. Finish a 50K
    3. Crush my half marathon PR

  92. Tina Z permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:30 am

    Run a 25 minute 5k.

  93. otherjulie permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:31 am

    My goal with running…
    – immediate – 50 miles by the end of the year
    – Longer term – Grandma’s in 2011
    – Even longer – stay healthy and enjoy!

  94. Katy permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:32 am

    I have a couple of goals when it comes to running, both short term and long term.
    Long term – Is to keep running. I want to my kids to see an example of a good, healthy lifestyle. I want exercise, competition and commitment to be the norm in our home.
    Short term – I’m running my first ‘thon this year. I want to follow my training plan and come race day go nice and easy to enjoy the experience and hopefully, finish strong.
    I also want to break 2 hours for a half. But I need to teach myself not to go out too fast in the first six miles!

  95. Sue permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:33 am

    Mine’s smaller: I just started running for the first time in my life. So, I hope (plan?) to do a 5K this spring, and a mini-tri this summer.

  96. Erin D. permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:35 am

    I have several goals for 2011: run more miles than I did in 2010: 1100+, continue to PR at several different distances, run my second marathon, and just enjoy the release that running gives my mind and body.

  97. Carolyn permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:35 am

    Go back to Eugene and P.R.

  98. Jennifer permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:37 am

    My goal is to run a half marathon this year!

  99. December 14, 2010 8:38 am

    My goal (aside from FINALLY winning one of these giveaways, of course!) is to keep doing yoga daily. I recently found some good session on Hulu (Yoga Zone and Power Yoga) and I’ve been doing 20 – 40 minutes everyday after my house clears of 3 Kindergartners, 2 toddlers nap, and my 4-year-old watches Barney & Calliou. (I’m not that fertile…. it’s a daycare!) I started doing it on days when I missed an early morning run and it is just so YUMMY! Some days, however, it’s hard to skip watching a missed episode of Glee or whatever.

    Oh, yeah, and I’m running Boston in April so I s’pose there’s a goal in that, too. : )

  100. Jennifer L. permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:42 am

    My goal is to run two half-marathons this winter. I backed out of my first planned half last week due to attend a football playoff game, but I signed up for one in January and another in February. I get those pesky post-run headaches, too, and I’ve been wanting to try Nuun in place of Gatorade.

    • December 14, 2010 11:26 am

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  101. Celeste permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:48 am

    Well, my goal right now is to stay healthy this winter, running at least one long run per week.

  102. December 14, 2010 8:55 am

    My goal is to stay injury free and enjoy running!

  103. Jennifer permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:56 am

    After just being diagnosed with an auto immune arthritis, my goal is to continue running for as long as possible. Even if some days it means only running 15 minutes.

  104. Katie permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:58 am

    Mostly my goal for running is to get and be healthy. Just to feel better, have my clothes fit better, to be accomplished. I spice it up with shorter term goals of various races – this year, I did my first ever race, a 5k, then a marathon, half marathon, and finally a 10k.

  105. Lindsey permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:58 am

    My current running goal for the next 3 months is to lose my baby weight and get back into shape so I’m ready to train for a spring half marathon.

  106. Geli permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:58 am

    My next big goal is to run the Shamrock Run 15K challenge (and make it to the “shortcut point” before they make runners take the shortcut).

    In addition to that, I want to continue running, continue enjoying it, and not get injured in the process. That might mean that I am not running any more half marathons but stick to distances under 10 miles (mostly 6K runs).

  107. December 14, 2010 9:02 am

    My goal for 2011 is to finish Boston despite being less than 3 months postpartum and to just be happy with finishing

  108. Alli permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:02 am

    My goal is to run my first 8km race in the spring!

  109. December 14, 2010 9:03 am

    My goal is 8 marathons for 2011. But, my bigger goal is to earn my 6th Marathon Maniac star and complete the 50-state marathon circuit by age 50.

  110. Lyndsay S. permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:03 am

    Short term goal: Continue to have a healthy pregnancy that allows me to run.
    Longer term goal: Be ready for a marathon in January 2012 (8 months after giving birth).

  111. December 14, 2010 9:12 am

    My everyday goals are to keep up with my 3yo son. I would like to be able to chase him and keep up for as long as I am taller than him. Once he’s a tall, gangly (hopefully running) teenager, I will admit defeat, and hope he is willing to slow down for his Mom.

    My current goal is to finish my first marathon, Pittsburgh 2011.

  112. Melanie M. permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:14 am

    My short-term running goals are to recover from my Morton’s Neuroma without needing to have surgery, and to complete my first half marathon in May! Long-term, I would like to stay completely healthy (no injuries), eventually do a few triathlons, and want to show my daughter through role-modeling the importance of exercise and staying healthy.

  113. RunnergirlPNW permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:19 am

    To run my first marathon since that didn’t happen this year due to injury. My other goal is beat my PR that I set this year in my city’s annual half marathon in Sept. 2011.

  114. Dorothy Mills permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:21 am

    My goal is to run a marathon in 2011

  115. Jeanette permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:23 am

    I am planning to run 2 half marathons this year. And have my plantar fasciitis under control so I can run consistently.

  116. December 14, 2010 9:25 am

    My goal for running is to stay healthy and injury free!

  117. December 14, 2010 9:26 am

    My goal for running right now it to get back running. I stopped running in late October due to plantar facistis and I finally saw a doctor last weekend. I was hoping to get a few more miles in this year but I think I am better off waiting until I am pain free. Eventually I want to do a marathon.

  118. Karen Falat permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:29 am

    My goal is to be the best ME I can be. The fastest, the most enduance, the best form. 2011 is going to my year to try a marathon. I am nervous-petrified actually. But 2010 I tackled a half. I did it and I know I can do it again. Renewed belief in me- my goal in 2011.

  119. Jeannie M permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:30 am

    My goals are to increase my pace and strength during long training runs of 10-20 miles and run a sub-2hour half marathon.

  120. December 14, 2010 9:32 am

    My goal is to just keep running. So often I’ve trained for an event (in this case a couple half marathons) and then just stopped after the race. I’m also signing up for a marathon in 2011. I may not be fast but I will finish!

  121. Becky Connar permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:34 am

    Oh, I would LOVE to win the Nuun tabs!!! They are my absolute favorite form of electrolyte and post run drink!!! GREAT stuff!!!! Anyway, my running goals…for 2011…to FINISH a 25K (that is really 17.11 miles) trail run. I’ve never done a trail run. This one has 2200+ ft elevation gain (I think my highest elevation gain in a run before is 300 feet…lol…yeah, this one will be a bit challenging)! It’s in April! Another goal is to beat my half marathon time for a new PR (sub-2 hour time). My last half was 2:01:47. And, I want to run my first marathon…wasn’t able to last year b/c of knee issues.

    • December 14, 2010 11:28 am

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      happy holidays!

  122. Heather permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:40 am

    Control my weight, stay on the lowest dose of cholesterol meds possible, and inspire my daughter to live a healthy life.

  123. December 14, 2010 9:45 am

    My goal is to run the half-marathon in my hometown on July 4, 2011…with my Dad!

  124. Debb permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:46 am

    My goal is to run as much of the Ironman marathon portion as possible in September! Slow is OK!

  125. Heather permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:48 am

    My goal is to inspire my 4 girls to stay active by leading by example! I take each of my three oldest out for a run at least once a week and not only is it a time to be a good example but it is the BEST one on one time I get. They are my favorite running partners (even if run is a relative term when we are out!) It is amazing what can come out during a solo run with mom!

  126. December 14, 2010 9:54 am

    My goal is to run enough that I’m not stressed about work, but not so much that my home life suffers due to my time away from my family. I am pursuing balance in 2011.

  127. December 14, 2010 10:00 am

    my goal for the new year is to get to my may half-marathon without injury and feeling ready to PR!

  128. Patty permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:03 am

    My goal for 2011 is to do more races. It will give me a reason to run and depending on how the training goes I might try to do a half later in the year.

  129. December 14, 2010 10:03 am

    My goals are to run a half marathon in February and then either a full marathon or another half in the fall.

  130. Vickie permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:03 am

    My goal for 2011 is to train for and complete a triathlon! I’ve done marathons and century bike rides so I can run and bike. But the swimming, especially in open water, is such a challenge for me.

  131. Susan in Denver permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:04 am

    My goal is to get my running mojo back and run a half marathon.

  132. Koby permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:05 am

    To Be the Best Me I Can Be…
    Strive to Get Better/Faster/More Efficient
    Lead By Example
    Confident that Taking Time (to Run) for Me is Making Me a Better Person (Mom)…

  133. Shaygram permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:06 am

    My short term goal is to run the “first run 5K” at midnight on New Years and then run the “Resolution Run 5K” at 10 am the same day. End one year and start the next running…

  134. girlsworld permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:06 am

    My goal right now is to successfully complete my first full marathon in THREE weeks and have no pain.

  135. Meg permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:08 am

    My goal is to keep running through the holidays and join the running club when I get to my new home in Ann Arbor. Somehow I think packing, moving, and unpacking may get in the way of this goal….

  136. cindy f permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:15 am

    My goal is to make running a constant, something I do naturally everyday. 21 days to make a habit? 2011 here I come.

  137. Jessica permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:17 am

    My goal has shifted with the exciting (yet a bit unexpected) news that I am prego with baby #3. At first it was to see if a full marathon was in my future for 2011. Now it’s just to run my entire 1/2 in January and then use running and some shorter local races to keep my pregnancy weight down. It got way crazy with my first two! I am in the best shape I have EVER been in and I know if I keep up with my good eating and maintaining my fitness, bouncing back will much easier this time after I give birth:) Bring it on, little peanut;)

  138. Kristen S. permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:17 am

    My 2011 goal for running is to do my first half marathon. I have never been a runner but got into it when I started doing sprint tri’s. My goal then was to become the best 5k runner ever, with two knee surgeries and screws holding my ankle together this was a lofty goal. That was a year ago and now I’m ready to move on.

  139. Becky permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:17 am

    I’d like to consistently run under 11 minutes a mile (well, ultimately under 10 mins/mile but my 1st goal is under 11).

  140. Adrienne permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:22 am

    My goal for 2011 is to run my first marathon and complete it! I’m doing the same training plan with a friends who has ran 2 marathons before, so I’m sure she’ll be a great source of support! I can’t wait to have this accomplishment under my belt. I have been wanting to run a full marathon even before I was running, when it seemed like a completely unattainable goal. Now it’s within reach!

  141. Heather Gocke permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:22 am

    I hope to run my first 26.2 in 2011. I finished my first 13.1 in October and hope to run lots more of those starting in February.

  142. Anne permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:24 am

    My 2011 goal to run the Sage Burner – it will be my longest race. I run to be healthy and happy.

  143. Rachel Hendricks Blunk permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:29 am

    My goal with running is a moving meditation. I can’t just sit and do it, or my mind goes crazy.
    That, and the ability to eat just a few more bites 🙂

  144. Rachel Hendricks Blunk permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:30 am

    My goal with running is to have a moving meditation. I can’t just sit and do it, but when I run, the thoughts flow through like clouds in the sky.
    That, and the ability to eat a few more bites. 🙂

  145. Rachel Hendricks Blunk permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:31 am

    Oops. I didn’t mean to post two. I got an error message, heh.

  146. Tiffany permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:34 am

    I had my second baby in March 2010, and in 2011, my goal is to run a marathon under four hours. Our girls are 4 and 8 months, and I want them grow up knowing the benefits of a happy and healthy mommy!

  147. December 14, 2010 10:36 am

    My goal is have my older son, age 5, see me as my 2 year old does, as a runner. The little one sees me put on my shoes and yells out “mommy, running!” My older one remembers me before I started training for my first half marathon (10/2) and seems to almost reflect the wait and see attitude that overcomes me from time to time. I am a runner and my goal is not only have the older child never remember a time when I was not one, but for me to be right there with him.

  148. December 14, 2010 10:38 am

    My goal for 2011 is to remember that when I run, I don’t compete against anyone but myself. Running began as something I did for ME, and I need it to stay that way in order to keep the magic. I want my son to see that sometimes being your best means not being better than everyone else, but better than you thought you could be or better than you were yesterday, the day before, whenever.

  149. Gail permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:45 am

    My overall goal is to show my two girls that it’s important and fun to make fitness a priority in your life. On a more specific point, I’d like to make a PR at my October 1/2 marathon.

  150. Susan K permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:46 am

    My goal is to run Bloomsday (a 12K race in Spokane, WA) in under one hour! My PR on the course is 1:03.

  151. Cherylyn permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:52 am

    My long term running goal is to stay healthy and injury free for years to come. Knock on Wood!!

    My 2011 goal is to finish the MDI Marathon with as good or a better time than my 2010 results. This marathon was my first marathon ever (age category 55-59) and I am pretty proud of this accomplishment.

  152. Marissa permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:52 am

    My short term goal is to get over my most recent (diagnosed today) injury! My 2011 running goals are to stay injury free in 2011 and to set PRs in the half and full marathon!

  153. sarah permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:00 am

    I gotta have a goal or I won’t get out there! My goals for 2011 is to run Boston in 4 hours or better and not be TOTALLY trashed so I can enjoy the rest of the week siteseeing. So that means, lots of training, especially on hills and lots of cross training to avoid injury. After the spring, a nice break and some casual running, for fun!

  154. Tryna Hermanson permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:06 am

    My goal is to run for the rest of my life. If I’m lucky enough to get old, I would want to be a little, old, grey-haired lady, shuffling along at mile 24.

  155. Dee Dee permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:07 am

    1. Run a faster half marathon
    2. Sprint Tri for fun!
    3. Improve my marathon time in Portland in October
    4. Run 1111 miles in 2011 – that one’s for fun, too. Maybe I’ll make the kids keep track of the math?

  156. Alma permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:08 am

    I’d like to do another marathon one day, but I’d like to go under 4:45. All of my marathons have been between 4:48 and 4:55. Just one under 4:45 will make me happy 🙂

  157. ice cream addict permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:12 am

    My running goals:
    1. Stick with it. I’m still relatively new to running and don’t want to peter out over the cold winter months
    2. Improve my 5K time
    3. Have fun!

  158. Kathy S permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:17 am

    I have 2 goals:

    1- I’d like to run 3 miles on my due date again. I’ve run all the way through this pregnancy (7 months & counting) and I did the same including 3 miles on my due date with my first son.

    2-I’m due March 1st, and I am signing up for an awesome local marathon in October that I’ve done before. I’m not putting an official time goal on it, but I’d be really happy with a sub 4…

  159. Amelia permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:18 am

    My goal is to GET RUNNING again….as soon as my baby is born in July…..

  160. Jessica Douglas permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:19 am

    My husband and I just ran our first race together, The Jingle Bell 5K. It was such a treat to have something that we both enjoy and to be able to do it together. Our goal is to run a race each quarter this year, TOGETHER! Next up, Portland’s Shamrock 8K!

    We LOVE RLAM & Nuun!

    • December 14, 2010 11:29 am

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  161. Sandi permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:22 am

    I tried Nuun for the first time after reading about it on your website. I was hooked after trying it!
    My running goal for 2011 is to stay injury free, run 3 half marathons (improve my 2010 times) and I want to lose some weight so I can run a marathon.
    S. Dressel

    • December 14, 2010 11:23 am

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  162. Kristen S. permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:22 am

    My goal is to run a half-marathon in the spring to celebrate my 100 lb. weight loss. I’m slow as a turtle, but I’ve got willpower enough to lose the weight, so this turtle is gonna run and win that race for me, and maybe if I finish a 13.1 tatoo to remind me of how far I’ve gone!

  163. December 14, 2010 11:22 am

    great video guys, we love the nuun cameo!

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  164. December 14, 2010 11:26 am

    After running my first 5K last February, my goal for 2011 is to run my first half marathon in March. (Wowza, did I just say that out loud??)

  165. Kris permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:27 am

    My goal is simply to keep running

  166. Lizzie permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:29 am

    To keep running! Forever. I want to like it. I want to be fit. I want to always be strong and healthy and happy. For 2011… a marathon. But for life… just keep running.

  167. Jennifer permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:35 am

    Long term goal is to just keep running, short term goal is to run a marathon in April.

  168. Steph permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:37 am

    My goal is to break a 25 minute 5K…my PR right now is 28:16. I bought the Run Less, Run Faster book so bring it on!

  169. jessicastout permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:48 am

    I ran my first full marathon in 2010– would like to tackle TWO fulls in 2011!!

  170. Jane D. permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:50 am

    My goal is to embrace running as much as the two of you, and many on this blog, do. A love of running doesn’t come naturally to me (I’m a swimmer), but I know it’s important for my physical and mental health. I strive to be able to call myself a “runner” and really mean it.

  171. cshort4 permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:52 am

    I would love to have healthy enough ankles to run my first half marathon in April!

  172. Jackie permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:56 am

    I run to simply have a goal for myself. We spend our youth and young adult lives always working towards something – graduation from high school and college. Career. Getting married. Having kids. No one tells you that after you’ve accomplished that, that it can be unsettling to not have a personal goal. So I run to have a goal – whether it’s how many workouts can I get in during the week, or what’s the next big racing distance I can conquer.

  173. JillC permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:59 am

    To stay healthy, to keep off 22 missing pounds, to stay sane, and to run two half marathons and set new PRs for 5K and 10K!

  174. Jaclyn permalink
    December 14, 2010 12:00 pm

    Short term – Icicle Run 10 miler on January 16, 2011. Long term – set a good enough example that my daughter decides to run a race with me one day (she’s 2 1/2 now)!

  175. December 14, 2010 12:00 pm

    I want to say my goal is to run a marathon in 2011. But I’m not completely convinced I’m there yet. My real goal, and this will out me as not quite a RLAM-er, is I want to run a marathon before I have kids. (Just proof that all you women are ridiculously inspiring to those of us who have not entered motherhood.) I know kids are only a few years away, and I want to run a marathon before that happens for two reason: (1) I have a need to convince myself that I can do this, if I can run a marathon, I can do anything, sort of thing; and (2) if I run a marathon, that means I’m really a runner and running will really be incorporated into my life. And I really want to make sure I feel like a runner before my life changes completely. So that’s the ultimate goal: Run the allusive 26.2 before going through the allusive pushing a baby out of my body!

  176. Tori permalink
    December 14, 2010 12:05 pm

    I want to increase my mileage in 2011, whatever number that may be, just more. Also, I want to run 1 race every month for a few months at a time. It may sound crazy, but this weekend I diagnosed myself with having a phobia of racing! Even in laid-back 5Ks, I get nervous, I can’t quiet my head from babbling negative self doubts, I feel like throwing up, etc. I know my body isn’t the problem b/c this doesn’t happen when it’s just me and my neighborhood sidewalk. So, in 2011, I want to conquer my negative racing brain and I figure the more I race, the more comfortable I will get with it.

  177. Katie permalink
    December 14, 2010 12:05 pm

    My overall running goals include:

    * maintaining a healthy & toned body
    * run faster
    * run a marathon
    * break 2 hrs on a half (which I did this yr!…so now change that goal to break 2 hrs & not have it hurt so bad!)

  178. December 14, 2010 12:14 pm

    My goal for 2011 has secretly been to run my first marathon. If I can keep up 20 mile weeks for the next 4 … I’m starting training Jan 17th. Yikes!

  179. Michelle permalink
    December 14, 2010 12:21 pm

    Reading this…I’m thinking who cares what my goal is….Dimity, did you say you did a 14 miler and then rolled out 150 sugar cookies? So glad you must be feeling great!

  180. kristin permalink
    December 14, 2010 12:24 pm

    short term: 2 or 3 half marathons in the first half of 2011, and my second full in september… long term, though, is to stay healthy and fit enough to run for a long time 🙂

  181. Andrea Lehman permalink
    December 14, 2010 12:31 pm

    My running goals for 2011-
    *to be injury free and to take the time to stretch, ice baths, etc to stay that way.
    *run a half marathon in under 2 hours- I am so so close- this will be my 4th
    *run my first full in the fall- either marine corp marathon in DC or the Philly full in november
    *to always remember the joy of running!!!!

  182. Carrie K permalink
    December 14, 2010 12:34 pm

    my goal is to run until i lose all of the weight i need to and then keep running so that I can eat good food and not fell guilty!

  183. Lauren permalink
    December 14, 2010 12:35 pm

    My goal is to stay motivated to heal during this injury I have. It’s hard to stay focused when I can just go out for a run, but instead have to ride the bike or do the eliptical at the gym. But I have to see the bigger picture, which is me running again.

  184. December 14, 2010 12:38 pm

    My goal is my first half marathon on April 10th, at this point I just want to finish all 13.1 miles, and if I have to take a few walking breaks, I’m not going to beat myself up over it. So my goal is to run my first half.

  185. December 14, 2010 12:41 pm

    My immediate goal is to run my half marathon on my treadmill New Years Eve. I’d like to strengthen my knee (or somehow get it to stop hurting after so many miles) so I can think about a full marathon.

    Long-term, I’d like to run at least 1 1/2 every year and still be doing that when I’m 60, 70, 80, however long I can. My 93 year old great-grandma is still alive and I figure if she can still be alive at her age without exercising, how long can I last with exercising?

  186. Delia Vallejo permalink
    December 14, 2010 12:45 pm

    My running goal in 2011 is to break 6 minutes in a mile (i did it 5 yrs ago, pre-kids). My 4yr old said: “Mama, you are the fastest girl in the world.” I can’t let him down. 🙂

  187. December 14, 2010 12:47 pm

    My goals for 2011:
    — run my first half marathon (registered for May)
    — run 2 or 3 half marathons by year-end
    — improve my 10k time
    — and above all else, stay as injury-free as possible!

  188. Sara permalink
    December 14, 2010 12:54 pm

    My goal is my first 1/2 ironman in April. And I really really really want to finish the run in 2 hours or less. I have not decided yet if that is achievable. But its still my current run related goal!

  189. Kortni permalink
    December 14, 2010 1:02 pm

    My goal is to become a smarter runner and to pace myself better. I would also love to get close to 1:53 in the half marathon.

  190. Jill O permalink
    December 14, 2010 1:02 pm

    My short term goal is to just take that first step out the door 3 times a week without making any excuses. Long term goal is to train for my 5th half marathon in May.

  191. Marne permalink
    December 14, 2010 1:11 pm

    I bought a bunch of new clothes while training for my first marathon…and pulled some others out of storage because they fit (again!). My goal is to continue to fit in my “skinny” clothes. (oh and to run that same marathon again!).

  192. realrellim permalink
    December 14, 2010 1:11 pm

    Goal: getting my speed back after baby #2. My runs have seemed faster lately, so things are improving. I’ll be running my first stroller-free 10K on Saturday and will be interested to see where I stand at nine months postpartum.

  193. December 14, 2010 1:28 pm

    I want to run a marathon in June

  194. Katrina permalink
    December 14, 2010 1:29 pm

    My goal is to improve my physical health and my mental health. The 3-4 hours I spend running each week has done wonders for both.

  195. December 14, 2010 1:29 pm

    My goal is to run at least two more marathons and better my time of 4:15. I also want to keep running six days a week, add in a little cross training and stay injury free. 🙂
    Yay for Nuun!

  196. Mary permalink
    December 14, 2010 1:30 pm

    I have SO MANY goals attached to running: to get in really good shape, drop another size, tone my thighs, and hips, and butt…. 😉 but also, mentally, running has a profound effect on me. It helps me to clear my head, to work through conflicts, to be a happier and more balanced mother! And then there are the actual running goals: to pull through this plantar fasciatis without loosing my fitness, to run a 25K in February, and secretly i want to run a 50K in 2012!

  197. KOTurner permalink
    December 14, 2010 1:30 pm

    My short term goal is to run 3 days a week all winter. Long term is to run a race with one of my sons (they are 1 and 3).

  198. Christie permalink
    December 14, 2010 1:36 pm

    My goal is to have that feeling during a run where you feel like you could run forever…pure euphoria. It has been awhile!

  199. Jessica permalink
    December 14, 2010 1:39 pm

    My overall go goal with running…to be fit & to be a good example to my kids.

    • Jessica permalink
      December 14, 2010 9:21 pm

      Most importantly…don’t ever give up!

  200. Bente permalink
    December 14, 2010 1:39 pm

    Reading everyone’s goals are so inspiring! I just started running 7 months ago and the energy from all of you is very motivating!
    My 2011 running goals: do 4 half marathons and do one in 2 hours and keep injury free.

  201. jord permalink
    December 14, 2010 1:47 pm

    My long term running goals are Boston (hello! Unicorn alert!!) and Badwater. Realistically, my goal is to stay healthy enough to run. So far for 2011, I’ll be pacing a friend in her first half, running my first full and doing Ragnar. very excited about all three!

  202. December 14, 2010 1:52 pm

    My goal in 2011 is to qualify for Boston. My first try will be on March 20th at the Wrightsville Beach Marathon.

  203. Tricia permalink
    December 14, 2010 2:01 pm

    My 2011 running goal is to complete two 1/2 marathons.

  204. December 14, 2010 2:03 pm

    My running goals for 2011 are:

    1. Run my 2nd marthon faster than my first (sub 4:30).

    2. Run another sub-2 hour half (and hopefully PR).

    3. Run injury-free.

  205. December 14, 2010 2:05 pm

    Immediate goal: complete my first 12K race (ran that distance last week for first time) on Sunday 12/19. Hoping for DRY. Longer term: first Half @ Seattle Rock N Role, June 2011. (looks so piddly following Stephanie’s “qualify for Boston” though…) ;P

  206. December 14, 2010 2:07 pm

    Keep running as long (years-wise) as I can, and keep enjoying it!

    A few minor goals are to be at least 20 year “streaker” in the Peachtree Road race (I’m coming up on year #8, and nothing’s stopped me yet!), to run a “recovery” half in February with my BFF after surgery last week, and maybe to do one….more….marathon….. 🙂

  207. Kelsey permalink
    December 14, 2010 2:10 pm

    I’m going to run more races with friends!

  208. December 14, 2010 2:13 pm

    my first goal is a faster marathon in April… my second goal is to stay uninjured- no IT band flare up! my third goal is to keep running if/when i am pregnant later in 2011. (Lord help me- did i just admit on the internet that i’m thinking of another child? i must be high.)

  209. Lee permalink
    December 14, 2010 2:18 pm

    My most imediate running goal is an 8K Shamrock Shuffle in the spring. I would also like to do a 10K this summer sometime. I’ve only done 5K’s up til now. And I’m going to do the Chicago Triathlon again this summer.
    Thanks to Dimity for passing some Nuun tabs out at a book signing last year. I hadn’t heard of them before, but they are great! I’d love to win some.

  210. Megan permalink
    December 14, 2010 2:22 pm

    My goal for 2011 is to continue the amazing post-marathon buzz I’ve had since the end of November. I’m running faster, stronger and with more benefits to my family than I ever thought possible of my passion for running. A marathon, couple of halfs and anything I can do with my husband will be on the list to keep the buzz alive! Merry Christmas to all the RLAMers!!

  211. December 14, 2010 2:42 pm

    Running Boston to end cancer
    is a goal I’d like to master.
    And to BQ in two-thousand-eleven
    well, that would be just absolute heaven.

  212. December 14, 2010 2:45 pm

    (I am 49 years old – just ran my first-ever race at RnRLV with a time of 2:11:54. I beat my estimated time by 40+ minutes)

    My 2011 goal: To compete in 5 Half’s and 5 10’ks – Breaking 2:00 in April and returning to RnRLV in 2011 and set a PR of 1:45, at the age of 50

  213. December 14, 2010 2:45 pm

    my short term goal is to keep running at least 3-4 times a week. now that it is cold and i have to run on the treadmill i don’t want to lose momentum. my long term goals is to run my first half in the spring with my sister who has run two marathons and hold my own to stay with her!

  214. Megan A permalink
    December 14, 2010 2:45 pm

    My running goal is to stay healthy and fit . .. and to do my first olympic distance tri!

  215. Sarah permalink
    December 14, 2010 3:00 pm

    I don’t really have a goal. Does that sound bad? I just want to be consistent. I think when summer rolls around I will assess my fitness and set some goals for local races like the Bix.

  216. Donna permalink
    December 14, 2010 3:12 pm

    I’ve already registered for the Napa Valley Marathon in March 2011. My running goal right now is to stick with the training program!!

  217. December 14, 2010 3:24 pm

    oh, I would love to win these as there is nothing quite like it here in Aus.
    My goals for 2011 are growing..eek! My first run of the year is a 5km trail run with family. If my husband has his way we will spend valentines doing the warrior dash, and then there is the glasshouse trail run series (doing the 24/30km trails). I sweat a lot and it really effects me, so these tablets would be a blessing.

    • December 14, 2010 3:25 pm

      oh, and to be comfortable doing it and not completely wrecked by the end of it all!

  218. Susan permalink
    December 14, 2010 3:28 pm

    My goal for 2011 is to break 3:45 in a marathon and stay injury-free.

  219. Erin P. permalink
    December 14, 2010 3:42 pm

    My goal is to become both mentally and physically stronger.

  220. Alyson Yoder permalink
    December 14, 2010 3:59 pm

    My mother is turning 60 and my father is going into semi-retirement this year. My goal for 2011 is to help them to run a 15k in July! What better way to commemorate such momentous events!?! They live near the Boilermaker (Utica, NY), which is an awesome, fun and supportive race, so it’s the perfect opportunity!! I’m presenting them with it at Christmas (they’ve got to start training asap!), so wish me luck!

    • Alyson Yoder permalink
      December 14, 2010 4:32 pm

      I’ve also got 2, Spring 1/2 marathons and 2 Sprint Tris on the itinerary for 2011!!

  221. DebbieLeslie permalink
    December 14, 2010 4:06 pm

    My goal is just to KEEP running!

  222. Marika permalink
    December 14, 2010 4:49 pm

    My goal is to run two half marathons in 2011 and hopefully many more shorter races.

  223. Tami Pike permalink
    December 14, 2010 5:00 pm

    My goal for 2011 is to keep doing what I’ve been so lucky to be doing…. Keep running to make living that much more enjoyable (for me and my whole family). I am so glad I started running again in 2010 and I am so much more aware of the physical and mental benefit it gives me.

  224. December 14, 2010 5:01 pm

    1/2 way indeed! My end goal since I started last summer was to run a full marathon by the end of 2011. Having JUST completed the Amica Seattle 1/2 a few weeks ago, I’m HALF WAY THERE with a comittment to Team in Training to be a team mentor for the Nike Women’s 2011 season. 🙂

  225. Jessica permalink
    December 14, 2010 5:05 pm

    I am looking ahead to my first full marathon after doing 6 halfs this past year. Eugen 2011 here I come!

  226. susan permalink
    December 14, 2010 5:13 pm

    My goal is to run a sub 30 5k, sub hour 10k and a 2:10 1/2 marathon. To do this I will need to work on speed training, lost the last 10 lbs and learn again how to push my body hard.

  227. December 14, 2010 5:26 pm

    This year I gave myself the challenge of running a 50K. Due to weather or being a total newbie I still haven’t completed one. Keep in mind, I never ran anything over a 5K last October 2010. Now I’ve run several 20, 22 and 26 milers and am still focused on accomplishing my first ‘official’ 50k. Staying hydrated for 4 -6 hour runs is essential. I even started the 30-day challenge on Facebook to help others to start moving 30 min. a day for 30 days. We are now in our 6 month and going strong. Check it out. http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/30-DAY-CHALLENGE/112345338809563 Join the movement even if I don’t win the NUUN. Happy holidays and thanks for letting me share.

  228. December 14, 2010 5:29 pm

    In 2011, I want to run more miles than in 2010; lose the remaining 5 pounds; and race at least five races – including a 1/2 and full marathon.

  229. Andrea Speicher permalink
    December 14, 2010 5:57 pm

    To complete my first marathon in February…I think I can, I think I can!!

  230. December 14, 2010 5:59 pm

    Get under 25:00 in the 5K.

  231. megankillian permalink
    December 14, 2010 5:59 pm

    My goal in running for 2011 is to get faster at the shorter stuff. I think I’ve got a 1:30 half marathon in me… now I just gotta see (and train right, of course)! 🙂

  232. Kristin J permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:01 pm

    My goal is to stay committed and motivated in the winter (It is cold in Wisconsin!). I also plan on running 10 miles.

  233. sel permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:01 pm

    I would really, really like to run 2011 uninjured in any way. 2010 was fraught w/ injury! I plan to line up my races early, but not sweat the training and see where that takes me.

  234. Alaina Roche permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:01 pm

    My first Tri!

  235. melanieheadley permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:02 pm

    I am training for the Bluenose Half Marathon in Halifax this May and hope to run
    my first full on PEI in October,

  236. Liz permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:11 pm

    My running goal is to stay motivated thru the cold this winter so I can complete my first marathon this Spring.

  237. Vicky H permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:12 pm

    To complete a sprint distance triathlon…then work up to international distance…..a whole new ball game baby!!

  238. December 14, 2010 6:13 pm

    Lofty goals for 2011 include a March marathon in Napa Valley, April 50k trail race, May 21 miler in Big Sur and June Reno Tahoe Odysee. That hurts just typing it… but a good kind of hurt I think since I’m just now feeling like I am recovering from my Marathon 9 days ago.

  239. December 14, 2010 6:15 pm

    After this baby is born (May 2011), I plan on training for a marathon in December and the Goofy Challenge in 2012 =)

  240. Dena permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:16 pm

    I would really love to qualify to run the Boston Marathon someday. It may not be until I’m 80, but I’ll get there.

  241. Sarah permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:18 pm

    Just to enjoy running again. I got really burned out and injured a couple years ago and the comeback has been pretty slow. I’m finding myself missing it…so I guess that’s a sign

  242. Danielle permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:22 pm

    I have lots of running goals–to keep getting my “easy” exercise, to run my first full marathon, to run more days than I don’t, and to be a good (healthy & happy!) example for my girls.

  243. Atha permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:27 pm

    My 2011 running goals are:

    1: Complete my first marathon. The New Orleans Rock n Roll Mardi Gras on Feb 13!

    2: Run a sub 2 hour 1/2 marathon

    3: Run a 5k in 25 minutes or less

    I think I can, I think I can….

    • Linda Strange permalink
      December 14, 2010 6:36 pm

      You’ll do great in N.O. I have friends who’ve run it and they loved it!

  244. December 14, 2010 6:35 pm

    My goal is to actually go through with the half I’ve been threatening to do for the last 2 years.

  245. Linda Strange permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:35 pm

    I’ve run two marathons, but it’s been 4 years since the last one, and while it was the Rome marathon, it still ended slower than I’d trained for (those cobblestones are a killer!). So my goal this year is to run the Colorado Marathon in 4 hrs and hope my name gets pulled in the NYC lottery. And – to place 2nd in my age group. Just once. I’ve placed 3rd in my age group in 6 races. I really want the glory of 2nd!

  246. December 14, 2010 6:38 pm

    My 2011 goal is to qualify for Boston! I will give it my first shot in May at the Cleveland Marathon–15 months after my second little one, Emery Grace, was born. Here’s hoping the post-baby endorphins and burst of energy will help get me there!

  247. Rosemary permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:41 pm

    My 2011 goal is to find a new running group! We moved to a new city in July and one of the things I miss most about our last stop is the fantastic group I had to run with there. I loved those people, enough to get up at 5 am three times a week , even in the winter! I really want to find a new group to run with while training for a spring marathon.

  248. December 14, 2010 6:41 pm

    My goal with running is to run a sub 1:55 half in Eugene, May 2011.

    SBS, you should’ve waited until Sunday for your long run! It didn’t rain on us at all at the Holiday Half (where I did not PR).

  249. Kathy permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:41 pm

    My goal is to run my first half marathon at the end of February, just ten days after my youngest girl turns 1 year old.

  250. Sarah permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:44 pm

    My running goal is to complete my second marathon in the spring/early summer and not allow every virus in the area to invade my body for weeks. Holy cow – I haven’t been this continually sick in years! Oh – and a 4:20 marathon would kick some ass too!

  251. Veronica permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:46 pm

    Mine is a sub 2:00 half in Feb. I feel like I slowed down so much training for a full, and haven’t raced a half since March of this year.

  252. Alice permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:50 pm

    My goal with running was to lose my baby weight and now is to be healthy and live a long life for my baby girl. We lost my mother-in-law when I was pregnant with my baby so now I want to make sure I’m here for my grandchildren.

  253. Kami permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:52 pm

    Sub 2 hour 1/2 marathon. After 7 halfs it is finally time for me to start lovin’ on some speedwork and make it happen. If that is accomplished in 2011, then I will take on a full marathon in 2012. Wish me luck!!

  254. Jen permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:56 pm

    My running goal: once I have my baby boy in a month, I plan to hit the roads hard and learn the ropes of running with my Bob Duallie.

  255. Brianna Beers permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:58 pm

    Id love to try this so I can have the energy to run after my 3 youngins all day long!!!
    briannabeers@yahoo.com

  256. Erica permalink
    December 14, 2010 6:59 pm

    My goal for 2011 is to be stronger & faster. I hope to PR my half marathon in June 🙂

  257. Shelley permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:03 pm

    I ran my first 3 Half Marathons this past year, so this year I want to actually PR. I ran the same time in two of them so I would really like to break my time. Thanks for such an awesome book and blog. Happy Running!!

  258. December 14, 2010 7:08 pm

    My goal is run a half marathon before I turn 40 in June…and to finish injury free. I was nearly there for a fall ’10 race and was sidelined for tendonitis in my knee. I have two on the calendar for ’11…March and June. Hoping that smart re-vamping of my training, PT knowledge and re-tooling of my form means that these races are my redemption!

  259. Vicki permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:08 pm

    My goal is to run in 4 half marathons in 2011 and instill in my children that it is normal to be active your entire life (from a former couch potato). I also need the half’s to keep me on a normal training routine and not be a slacker, which by my nature – I am prone to do.

  260. Jasmine permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:13 pm

    Half marathon in April and half marathon in May…..and to have fun training and racing!

  261. December 14, 2010 7:34 pm

    My goal is to teach my eldest daughter the joys of running. Granted, she’s 3 so she almost always runs, never walks. OK, so my goal is really to recall the joy of running as taught by my daughter.

  262. Alison Price permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:35 pm

    My goal is get a group of women from Grayslake together for our 2nd destination run. We need to find something within driving distance of Chicago, has options for distance (marathon, 1/2, relay, 5K, 10K) and is in a FUN place to visit.

  263. Nina permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:47 pm

    My running goal for 2011 is to do a 1/2 marathon. I am new to running and since I started after I took the bar exam in 2010 I have not been able to stop. I figured that if I can raise kids, go to law school and pass a bar exam I can learn to be a runner! I have been consistently running 5-6 days a week.

  264. Kristine permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:55 pm

    My goal is to get back to my running routine I had going three years ago when I finished my first marathon when I turned 41, the past two years have been hectic with my two kids and working on what looked as if my marriage was ending so my consistent running fell to the wayside. I ran 10 or so races this year with disappointing times and backed out of the NYC marathon because I knew my finish time would not be what I wanted, I am in it for 2011 and want to beat what my marathon time was what will 4 years ago and as a 45 th birthday present to myself.

  265. Kris O permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:56 pm

    My goals in 2010 are to start running races consistantly at under 10 min/mile pace, and to run a half 🙂

  266. Kathy permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:56 pm

    My goal is to run another marathon. I ran my 1st one this weekend but got dehydrated at the end. My next one I’m hoping to not have this happen again!

  267. Stephanie S. permalink
    December 14, 2010 7:57 pm

    I feel like I have many goals, but I love deciding on a race, training for it and then having an awesome run on race day. That feeling is so great.

  268. Kristin Wright permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:00 pm

    My goal is to continue to run (or exercise) 3-5 times a week!

  269. Meghan B. permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:04 pm

    My goal in 2011 is to run a sub 3:25 marathon and to complete a half-Ironman. Most of my miles in the winter are spent on a treadmill due to the cold and snow here in Minnesota, but my goal this winter is to get outside and run at least 2x/week. Pile on the layers!

  270. Christina permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:06 pm

    I started running just to escape my new role of SAHM. It was such a difficult transition for me and running gave me control, clarity and sanity. My goal for 2012 is 26.2 and for the long term, I just want to be a good example for my daughters- I want to run WITH them. So many people in my family are overweight and suffer from heart problems and diabetes. I don’t want my girls to go down that path. I can’t wait to do family races with them!

  271. Cindy Chiasson permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:18 pm

    To bring my 10K time down to an hour even (hopefully before my 50th b’day next December).

  272. Erica permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:18 pm

    My 2011 goal is to run a MARATHON! Doing my second Half this February, but determined to complete a Full sometime in 2011!!!

  273. Ashley H permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:21 pm

    Running my first marathon in April! And of course, I’d like to stay healthy 😉

  274. Erin permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:22 pm

    My goal is to get rid of my shin splint pain!

  275. AndiCat permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:23 pm

    My goal is to make ME happy. I run because I enjoy it, whether getting out alone or with friends. In 2010 I ran my first marathon; in 2011 I plan to work on speed, and possible, just maybe run my first ultra. And I run for my health, to prevent all the issues I see my mom having, but in the end the goal is to just be happy.

  276. Carolyn permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:26 pm

    My goal is to continue running and working out throughout this pregnancy (this is #3) and then completing a half marathon next Fall (baby is due in May).

  277. December 14, 2010 8:27 pm

    My goal is to actually enjoy my marathon training this time around!

  278. December 14, 2010 8:34 pm

    I have two running goals: one is to beat my PR of an 8 minute mile and the other is to do at least three miles at a slower pace on an incline.

    Thanks for the motivation to think about these goals. I believe we become closer to our goals just by putting them into words!

  279. Tracy permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:42 pm

    My goal for 2011 is to do a half….

  280. Elaine permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:44 pm

    My goal is to keep my running endurance going. That means signing up for race after race. Also would be nice to PR at each race 🙂

  281. joanne godfrey permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:44 pm

    while not a mother in the technical sense, but a teacher with 30 kinder students…my goal for 2011 (and rest of 2010) is to bank all my miles – $1 for each with bonuses for extra effort, better times and losing the fear of hills…bank all my miles to help with a plane ticket to boston in 2012 so i can cheer on champy champy at the boston marathon…(if all the stars are in alignment and it is an okee dokee from champy)…if it isn’t, i’ll still bank all my miles and take a vacation or buy a pretty little trinket or a gorgeous purse…

  282. Eugenie permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:47 pm

    My goal is to just stay in good aerobic shape.

  283. Kate permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:18 pm

    I think my 2011 running goal will be to do my first marathon. I have told myself I have to get through a job transition, the holidays and then I will decide. But I sure seem to spend a lot of time plotting for this goal for a person who is supposedly uncommitted!

  284. Trish R permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:34 pm

    For 2011 – continue the progress attained in 2010! Consistently achieve sub 10 min miles beyond 10K distances, push toward that 9 min 30 sec mark and complete my first half marathon. All aimed at overall good health – weight loss ( 12 down 15 lbs to go!) , cholesterol reduction and peace of mind!

  285. December 14, 2010 9:52 pm

    To see what my limits are and be the runner I know I can be 🙂

  286. Mindy permalink
    December 14, 2010 9:53 pm

    Would love to run a marathon, but I might have to wait until Baby is in preschool so I have a bit more training time. Shorter term, I’m signed up for my second half in April and want to run it in 10 min miles. After that, there is another half on my birthday. How fun would that be?!? I think it would be an awesome way to say, yeah, I’m 38, I’ve given birth to four little boys, I still rock! 🙂

  287. Abby permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:25 pm

    After being sick four times in the past six weeks, I just want to get my exercise groove back. Three or four runs per week with some yoga and strength training thrown in, please.

  288. Tracy Thun permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:36 pm

    I am 43 years old. I’ve lost 44 pounds since the last week in March (2010), and am 16 pounds to my goal weight. I started running for literally the first time in my life (other than when I had to in PE in school!) the first week in November (2010). I did my first 5K, the Jingle Bell Run on 12/5, 2010.
    My goal is to finish the Hippie Chicks half Marathon on Mother’s Day in May 2011, then do the Portland Half in October!

    I love your book and this website!! It has been so helpful and motivating……and, I think I’m addicted to running already. Yes, I know, I’m a very newbie-novice who has sooooo much to learn still. But what can I say!?!? I love it!

  289. Michelle J permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:48 pm

    Do run a marathon and do a triathalon before I turn 41. I turn the big 4-0 in feb 2011

  290. Staci permalink
    December 14, 2010 10:57 pm

    My goal is to finish a half marathon (never before done for me). My goal is also my health, and my sanity. 😉

  291. Janelle permalink
    December 14, 2010 11:02 pm

    my life long running goal is to keep running, enjoy it, and preserve the knees (already have a 6
    figure knee)

    my goal for 2011 is to break 5 hours in my marathon in June (hoping for 4:30)

    my long term running goal is to run a race in every state of the US and as many countries as possible!

  292. Cassandra Hook permalink
    December 15, 2010 12:01 am

    to breathe and put one foot in front of the other…this is so enjoyable some days and yet SO difficult on others!

  293. Stacy permalink
    December 15, 2010 12:59 am

    My goal this year is to work on speed and my endurance. I am currently very slow, 12 min miles, but I CAN go the distance. I’ve done 5 half marathons since June. But I take forever. I do run/walk intervals and want to increase the time I run as well as how fast. Plan to cross-train more to hopefully help a little with endurance too 🙂

  294. kristin permalink
    December 15, 2010 5:37 am

    for health and as a good example to my 7 year old daughter ( who is already quite a runner!) and to train for my first half-marathon in Fall 2011

  295. Rebecca J. permalink
    December 15, 2010 7:02 am

    I have 2 different goals: to get/keep healthy. And a 10K in March if I don’t chicken out before I sign up for it.

  296. Sarah Boyd permalink
    December 15, 2010 7:10 am

    To run a sub-63 second 400m. I think I have the stregnth and speed (or will by the summer track season!), but need to get my head right to run this time.

  297. Val permalink
    December 15, 2010 8:00 am

    My goal is to keep the “joy” of running. Its always been mentally and physically hard for me, but last year it also became “fun”. I want to keep running until I die, but I want to always enjoy it even when its tough, like seeing the best part of even the worst situation. I would like to also impart this to my son, something for him to take into the world.

  298. Sabrina permalink
    December 15, 2010 8:30 am

    I am turning the big 4-0 in Feb 2011 and have a goal to run my first marathon before I turn 41. I also have a goal to break 2 hours in the half marathon.

  299. Tasha permalink
    December 15, 2010 9:39 am

    My goal is to get back to where I was with my running. I had an injury in Oct and am slowly getting back to running again. I’ve missed running and am taking it slowly to make sure I don’t re-injury myself.

  300. Tammy Crittenden permalink
    December 15, 2010 12:39 pm

    My 2011 running goal is to train for and complete my first half marathon…a big accomplishment considering that my 2010 goal was to train for and run a 5K. I just started running in Feb. 2010, at which time I was dying at 30 seconds. I’m now up to 6 miles, so well on my way to the 2011 goal. I have gotten a lot of inspiration for the RLAM book and blog…thanks ladies!!

  301. December 15, 2010 1:39 pm

    1/2 marathon in February and a 1/2 Ironman in May!!! bring on the fitness and the weight loss!

  302. Anna permalink
    December 15, 2010 6:55 pm

    My goal: sanity!

  303. Kathy permalink
    December 16, 2010 8:01 am

    My goal is to run my first marathon! My running group has 4 gal pals committed to the task, so we can all train together! It will be the first for all of us, we are marathon VIRGINS! I am so excited and apprehensive! I know we can do the training and just have to believe that it will get us to the finish line. I use coconut water when I go on my long runs and I am going to try the Nuun tablets!

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