My big goal for 2017 was to focus on one race distance at a time.
Since we’re in the final quarter of 2017, I want to revisit those goals and see where things stand:
My focus for the winter is to maintain a good base and throw some short intervals back in, with a focus on the 5k. I have one 5k on New Year’s Day and will likely need to throw in 1-2 more but I’d love to improve raw speed and get that sub-20 5k. Goal: 19:45
October follow up: I did run a post baby pr of 20:21, so while it wasn’t my sub-20, I’m happy to be making progress!
I’ll quickly transition into half marathon specific training, with an emphasis on longer tempo runs to prepare myself to finally break that half barrier I’ve been stuck at for the last 3-4 races. Half marathon goal: Beat 1:35! From other races, I know 1:33-1:34 should be within my reach. By the end of 2017, goal is sub 1:32.
October follow up: I ran a half pr of 1:33 in March and again in April!
Early summer is usually about speed again. I’ll add a few more 5ks to my schedule to keep practicing this painful distance. Goal: 19:30
October follow up: Because of the 6 weeks off this summer, I never had a chance to run more 5ks.
By late summer, there is a chance I will be ramping up mileage for a fall marathon.
Likely a tune up half marathon and possibly a full marathon. If I go for it, goal: Beat 3:23. I think 3:15 is doable with the right training and if all things come together on race day.
October follow up: If I go for the full in Richmond, my goal would be to break 3:20!
Beyond racing, I want to keep running because it’s fun and I really love it!
My non race goals are actually the same as last year:
- stay strong and injury free (NO injuries this year!! Woohoo!!)
- do more trail running (with friends)
- incorporate 1-2 running weekends with friends (hope this works out!)
- find a few kids races and/or family fun race events
I also want to experiment with an overall higher mileage year round to help build the aerobic engine and make these goals a bit easier to reach.
October follow up: We have two kid races on the calendar for the fall. I did have one injury this summer as I ramped up my mileage- so I’m still learning to find that balance.
Overall, I’m realizing 2017 is going better than expected! Here’s to a strong final quarter!
What was one of your goals for 2017? Have you hit any of them?
Do you focus on one goal or specific distance at a time?