I sat down this weekend to start writing out some thoughts and goals for 2016 and between running goals, life, business, parenting and blogging, it was almost 1000 words! So I’m splitting these into several parts over the next few weeks, posting when I have time between the holidays!
So much happened in 2015, much of which I was not anticipating at all. It makes me excited for what 2016 has in store!
I’ll start with the running piece, of course.
My first goal is to use January and February to get stronger and fitter… with a special emphasis on nutrition, strength training and metabolic efficiency. These three things are the focus of my reset for runners… I’m so excited for this program!
By February, I’ll be back in training mode for an April half. Half marathon goal: Beat 1:35!
By the end of 2016, I want to inch as close to 1:30 as I can. I’d be thrilled with a 1:32-1:33 half.
I loved taking this past summer to focus on shorter distances so I plan to repeat that again and continue to chip away at my 5k time. Maybe THIS will be the year I’ll finally break 20 minutes?! 5k goal: 19:59!
For the fall, I’m considering throwing a full marathon back in the mix. I need to run that one by the family though. J We’ve all been enjoying the lazier Saturdays with a shorter “long run (it’s all relative, right?!)
But I also feel like I don’t want to be running marathons for the rest of my life, and these are the few years where I might still have potential to run better than I have in the past so I’d love to do one or two more. But in the near future, I think I’ll be happy to hang up the marathon training and work with the half and shorter races. Marathon goal: 3:20
Of course, race times are not everything. I also want to continue to run because I love it!
My non race goals include:
- stay strong and injury free
- do more trail running
- incorporate 1-2 running weekends with friends (like this past year- so fun!)
- find a few kids races and/or family fun race events
What running goals are you setting for 2016?
If I go for a fall marathon, race suggestions?