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What I plan to do in 2012

January 1, 2012 · 16 Comments

Happy New Year!

I hope you were with the people that you love as 2012 became reality. I spent the evening at a Christmas Tree farm with some of my favorite people. We ate great food, played in the snow (my dog was most excited by the flakes), enjoyed the largest bonfire I’ve ever seen, and made it home just in time to countdown to midnight and collapse into bed. That is the perfect evening for me.

Now that I’ve recapped my goals for 2011, what’s in store for 2012?

This year, I’m going to set some specific fitness goals along with some general food goals.


I haven’t laid out a race calendar yet this year, but I do have a few things I plan on accomplishing.

1. Complete a triathlon. I can’t believe I just said that. I’ve finished 3 duathlons, multiple bike and running events, but never a tri. They frighten me. Scratch that, the swim frightens me. Since becoming involved in Trinona and supporting Brette while he kicks tail at multiple triathlons, I feel left out not knowing what that rush feels like.  Every time I watch a tri, I think “I want to do that!”. So, this year, I’m going to. I’ve already made the first step. I bought a swimsuit for lap swim. I didn’t think the suit I wear once per year on vacation was appropriate. Next weekend, I’ll be getting in the pool. I may just go back and forth with a kick board but a girl has to start somewhere. Swimmer friends, are you out there? We’ll be in touch soon. I’m going to need your help.

2. Continue to develop my yoga practice. I loved my yoga challenge, and I have been consistently practicing at least 2 times per week since.  Yoga will be an integral part of my fitness and training routine in 2012.

3. Complete a half-marathon with a pace that begins with a 9. This is becoming my nemesis! At the Monster 10 mile, I proved to myself I have it in me for 10. I know I can get to 13.1 at that same pace. I just know it! I’ll be working on speedwork throughout the year and will likely be running a fall half-marathon or two.

This will be my reaction when I compete the half-marathon at goal pace!


1. Eat a plant-based diet. I’ve been loving my mainly vegan diet and in 2012, I will continue to focus on eating the healthiest I can. It is the best respect I can give my body.

2. Host a minimum of 6 food-related get togethers. I love to entertain and I love to cook for people. It’s a priority for me.

Serving paella to great friends

3. Join a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). We likely will not be gardening this next summer and I’ve always wanted to try the CSA route. I know so many people who love it and I think the concept is awesome. If you have suggestions for which CSA to join, please let me know!


I have some additional personal goals I’ll be working on this year that I’m stoked about. I am convinced 2012 will be a good year.

What about you? Have you set any specific goals for this year?

If you are interested in setting some goals and haven’t started yet, no worries! I personally think the entire month of January is about evaluating and re-setting. You don’t need to have everything done by Jan. 1.

If you’re not sure where to start, I’ve read two great articles this week on goal-setting.


Categories: fitness · health · Jen said · running · triathlon · vegan

16 responses so far ↓

  • Mellissa // January 1, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Reply

    Great goals! All very attainable and focused on what you are passionate about.

  • Kate // January 1, 2012 at 9:06 pm | Reply

    Did you know I was once a competitive swimmer? I’m happy to offer any swimming assistance I can. Including 100% support and encouragement. I’d love to be able to do a tri, but I’m not a runner and my knees don’t want me to start. That’s a terrific goal.

    And I hope to be included in those food gatherings. Lady food blogger paella party? Oh yeah…

    • Jen // January 2, 2012 at 8:37 am | Reply

      Kate – I did not know that, but will remember that. I may need you.
      Lady food blogger paella could be very fun – can’t wait!

  • Molly // January 1, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Reply

    I’m so proud of you that you are going to get in the water! That’s amazing! At Foss Swim School they do private adult lessons after hours – you could try there. I’ve heard it’s wonderful for that sort of thing (and I can attest that they certainly helped Lucy break through some water-related phobias).

    As for the CSA, we’ve had Featherstone Farms and their drop-off spot is in the parking lot of HealthPartners (might be convenient for you).

    Wish I were there cheering you on in person 🙂

  • Monica // January 1, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply

    Which tri are you going to do? I don’t feel comfortable with an open water swim but the pool swim is ok. Swimming is all about technique I don’t have. I just try to make it from point A to B. You might want to check this out: It’s GREAT for a first tri. I think we had our own lane in the pool and since you have to go from the downstairs pool to the upstairs bikes/treadmills, there were long transition times (if they still do it that way). It would be a perfect warm up event. Another idea: I bet the U has a Master’s swim program (like an adult swim team). I did the one at Miami and got a lot of great coaching/workouts.

    • Jen // January 2, 2012 at 8:38 am | Reply

      I’m thinking of the YWCA women’s tri, but likely will do an indoor tri first. LTF has a whole series of them. I’ll check out triumah too. I remember you doing that when you lived here.

  • scott // January 2, 2012 at 8:00 am | Reply

    Great goals Jen. The triathlon’s on my list for 2012 as well and I hope to see you at Trinona. Keep up the good work and good luck in the pool.

  • Scott // January 2, 2012 at 10:05 pm | Reply

    We have had a share with Foxtail Farms for years and years. They deliver from WI in a converted ambulance that runs on vegetable oil. VERY COOL.

  • Suzanne // January 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply

    1. I’ve done Harmony Valley Farm for the last two summers and HIGHLY recommend it. Might not be one of the cheapest ones around but they always have bonus items and they include a small amount of fruit most weeks. Plenty of pickup sites around the twin cities, too! My husband and I split one share with two friends and it was a perfect amount of food for us!

    2. As for triathlons/swimming: I took the YWCA “Total Immersion” course but I’m not sure it really helped me. Sure, I could make myself go faster in the pool but as soon as I get into a lake, that all goes out the window. In an open lake swim, I think these are most helpful for beginners (I say, as a non-expert):
    + These goggles: You can see SO MUCH MORE than you can with your standard goggles. I look like an idiot but honestly, my panic level goes WAY down when I can see better.

    + Just practicing in lakes! You can never really recreate the chaos that is the start of the swim in a lake, but you can at least get used to the fact that you can’t see to the bottom and follow those handy-dandy pool lines and learn how to get yourself comfortable with sighting out of the water to direct yourself.

    • Jen // January 4, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Reply

      Thank you for the advice! I just ordered those goggles. 🙂 I act fast! I will also check out Harmony Valley. Thank you so much for the recommendations Suzanne!

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