2013: Pledge Your Fitness


New Year’s is traditionally a time for making resolutions and reevaluating your life’s goals. There always tends to be a collective eye roll hearing about people’s plans to change the world and bold exclamations of ‘this is my year!’ I’m all for making life changes and committing to goals any time of year and one thing I know about the Spikes and Heels community is that you are a force of badass chicas who constantly set goals, then smash them out of the park.

So, with this dawn of a New Year, presenting new opportunities and challenges, I want to hear what your fitness goals are for the year ahead. My main goal this year is, of course, riding the Etape du Tour, but I’ll be doing the Paris Half Marathon, hopefully a couple of other halves and maybe a full marathon if I can squeeze it in. Ultimately, my overall goal is to get as close as possible to being in pro-athlete condition by the end of the year (I’ll be posting in more details about this in the coming weeks). And of course, I will be doing all I can to support and inspire as many women as possible to channel their inner badass through fitness.

So, what challenges have you set yourself this year? Will you be racing? Taking up a new sport? Get a friend to start running with you? Today I want you to #PledgeIt – let me know in the comments, put it out there into the universe and let’s start 2013 as we mean to go on.

And of course, if you or someone you know is looking to start running this year, I’ve written a beginner’s guide eBook. Check it out.

25 Responses to “2013: Pledge Your Fitness”
  1. Joanne Shore says:

    To run 4 half marathons this year and be a better, faster version of my current self!

  2. Sam Sparrow says:

    I love the sound of your challenges. I think for me, it is about developing a consistency of my approach to exercise, and this being the year I really se it through. I found what I like, I just have to carve out the time and get on with it! I’d like to try some new, more hardcore classes and I’d like to lift more and lift heavier by the end of the year.

    Sounds odd, but I also want to be in great shape for festival season. It really takes it out of me because my body can’t handle the intense amount of walking, carrying, lifting, standing and dancing for lots of weekends in a 2-3 month period.

    Finally, I am likely to be running a charity fun run (5k or 10k – which is loads for me!) for my work in 2013. So you know…I’d like to be ok at doing that!

  3. Ceri says:

    I’m aiming to run a 5k in under 25 minutes by March- I’m not running at all after a knee injury at the moment so this is realistic for me! I’m primarily a rower, though, so my big goal for this year is to get my 2k personal best on the ergo meter under eight minutes!

    Good luck with the Etape du Tour- should be amazing! Cycling the same route as the pros must be brilliant :)

  4. Kathryn says:

    I am going to run 1000 miles in 2013, do at least 2 half marathons and aim for under 1hr 55mins in them. I want to do some speed training and am going to join a running club when I get to New Zealand when we emigrate in feb!

    Good luck to everyone with their goals this year!

  5. Becky Jewkes says:

    I want to start running and hopefully get to the point where I can run a few miles a day.

    Good Luck to everyone else on their resolutions! :)

  6. Jennifer says:

    1) To run glasgow women’s 10k under 60mins 2) get back into weight lifting again 3) cycle & run with my husband 4) run in Central Park & across Brooklyn Bridge when I visit NYC in a few months

  7. Miss Whiplash says:

    I want to be able to do 2k in less than 8mins15secs…
    Fairly moderate, but a challenge for me…

  8. I’d like to do several sub-30min 5Ks and run a 10K with a decent finishing time (ideally 1 hr or less!). I’d also like to continue with trail running & keep that up as part of my training. Lastly, I’d like to make sure I go to at least 2 BMF sessions a week. Not much!

    Good luck to everyone :-)

  9. EmsieB says:

    I’m looking for a sub 50mins 10K, a 2 hr half marathon and a 4.5 hr marathon. I want fitness to become a way of life, not just something I am doing to lose weight, I want to eat clean. Last year was all about training alone which just didn’t work for me, 2013 is the year of the crew and the group workouts. :-)

  10. Jane says:

    1000 miles in 1 year. Along the way I’d like to hit the 25min mark for my 5k and 55 min mark for my 10k.
    Aiming to do this by climbing 1000ft elevation every month for the whole year.

  11. Jane says:

    oops, that should say 7000ft elevation 😉

  12. Alli Marshall says:

    My goals are to continue with my 3 group pt sessions each week in a bid to assist me with my running.
    I will take part in my first 1/2 marathon in less than 3 weeks & I have 2 others booked later in the year.
    I will also take part in my first Marathon in April.
    I will complete Tough Mudder for the 2nd time in October.
    To compliment all of this I’m going to concentrate on eating cleanly.

  13. Specialee says:

    Goals this year are to:

    run my first half marathon (Paris)
    Run my first full marathon (London)
    Get to my goal weight of 12st.7lbs

    Here we go!

  14. Harriet says:

    My ultimate aim last year was to run a mile. This year, in total I want to in the same distance it
    Would take me to get into orbit. 22miles. 18.5 miles a month may be less than a marathon, but it would
    Be impressive to say that “I’ve run the distance to orbit” I guess it’s the science nerd in me!

  15. Nina says:

    I’ll be doing my first full marathon in April, following doing my first half last year and thinking that was something that i would never manage.

    I’m nervous but hugely excited about getting out there, feeling exhilarated and pounding the pavements on early weekend mornings when most of London is just about stirring (or retiring to bed as has been the case for me many a time on a Saturday morning after vowing ‘i’ll just go for few…).

    The quality of sleep i get when i train is motivation in itself!

  16. Charlotte says:

    Love this!

    1. Do some proper work on my form and how to improve it so I can be more efficient and FASTER
    2. Run a 10k in under an hour
    3. Run another half-marathon
    4. Be generally fitter and stronger – so weight training!

  17. Katherine says:

    I started my year with the Edinburgh New Year’s Day Triathlon, it was amazing but really hard going, and I was really struggling to think up some goals for the new year. I’m on a student budget, and entry fees/travel is a huge consideration now.

    But…. a little googling this afternoon has come up with a half marathon in some stunning countryside near me (furthest I’ve run is 7 miles but this time last year I wasn’t running at all and am now happily doing 10k, so think I’m ready for the next step now!). It’s in 10 weeks and I can’t wait.

    After that, there’s another short distance triathlon in April, and a VERY hilly Duathlon in the wilds of Scotland in September.

    Other than that… go faster and worry less.

    • Jen says:

      Hi Katherine,

      I’m based just outside Glasgow, I was wondering if you could tell me the names of the events that you’re doing? I’m a student too and the entry into some of the bigger races are kind of steep. It’d be great to get to some of the less well known events. Thanks!

  18. Jen says:

    This year I am going to get my 5k time below 23 minutes, I’m going to run the Glasgow half marathon in less than 1:55 and I’m generally going to push myself to be faster and stronger when I’m out with my Nike running crew #WeRunGlasgow

  19. Bethan says:

    365 training sessions in 365 days. Knowing the important of rest days means there is going to be a lot of double sessions! To be deemed a session I must require a shower afterwards :)

  20. Hannah says:

    After finally making a training break through in the last 6 months, I’m upping my game in 2013.

    Sub-1:48 half marathon in the spring.
    Sub-45 min 10K at some point…
    Ride the Dunwich Dynamo again.
    Climb Mount Snowdon.
    First ever marathon in the autumn.

    Just a few… Looks a bit scary now it’s written down.

  21. Nancy says:

    I will be running from Montreal, Canada to New York City, USA for a team charity race and blogging about it in my new blog throughout my preparation and the actual race, running my 2nd half marathon in a better time then last year, and just continuing to be healthy.