Happy New Year’s Eve!
How has your holiday week been? We traveled for much of last week and then had my husband’s family stay with us for a few days. We’re now in the phase of organizing gifts, cleaning the house, restocking groceries, and having a bit of much needed down time.
I do love looking back and looking forward around the new year. We even have a sitter coming today for a few hours so we can sit in a coffee shop, review our budget, and plan out our summer and any trips or goals for 2019. I don’t know if that sounds fun to you or not, but I love it!
In addition to family goals, I like to make a few running goals every year.
2018 was the first year in several years that I had a bit fat ZERO in terms of race prs. Race times are traditionally the way I have set and measured goals in running. I do still hope to improve a few this year but my goals are more around my training and racing:
Maintain my mileage
I’m good at increasing for races but my weekly mileage can yo-yo a lot and this year I want to maintain my base more steadily. This can help both with a stronger aerobic base and also with preventing injuries.
Stop holding back (fear) in races
I am good at running smart and pacing appropriately but I want to run a few shorter races where I just go for it and run hard. Reading Deena’s book, Let Your Mind Run, has inspired me to take a risk now and then. Why not? What’s the worst that can happen?
Less risks in my training
However, despite wanting to take more risks in my training I’d like to take fewer risks in my training. I was pushing my body with longer tempos this fall and it backfired when I fell apart in the Richmond half and needed a few weeks to undo the mild over training.
Instead, my goal is to train smarter with smaller hard efforts. I would never put a 9 or 10 mile tempo effort in a training plan for a client. Why did I allow myself to run that hard just because I felt good?
Which leads me to the realization that I would benefit from a coach again who can simultaneously reign me in and push me. I can do this for others but it’s tricky to do it for myself!
Yes, of course I still want to pr. I feel like I have a half marathon pr that’s been waiting for the right day so I’m hoping that clicks this year. I felt trained for a marathon pr as well in the spring but the weather at Boston thwarted that. As for the sub 20 5k, it’s been a repeat goal and I keep just coming up a bit short! Maybe this year?
I’m focusing on short distances and the half this spring and then might venture back up to the full marathon this fall.
So that’s it for me! Tell me about your goals.
What’s one of your 2019 intentions or running goals?