Running goals for 2018

It’s time for my favorite post of the year… writing out my goals!

I wanted all the prs when I wrote out my running goals for 2016, which led to a more season-specific plan for 2017.

Those of us who have been running and training for many years are closer to our plateau and really need to break it down to specific workouts for one goal at a time.

I’m really not sure yet what I want 2018 to look like.  I was inspired by Allie’s summary of her year– while racing didn’t pan out the way she expected, the focus on gratitude and living in the moment made it a pretty incredible year.  Obviously living with purpose and soaking it all up trumps a new pr with a miserable training experience!

So my overall goal is this: “if I feel like it”- to race when I really want to, train when I am really excited about a goal, and let a few more lazy Saturday mornings slip in.  I want to say yes to things that are meaningful and say no when I need to.

For running goals, I liked the season by season break down last year so I’m going to stick to that:

My focus for December and January is to maintain a good base and throw some short intervals back in.  I may or may not run the January 1 5k that I ran that year- honestly, it will probably depend on the weather!  It’s my year of “if I feel like it” after all.Verona final push


January- March

Like last year, I have a March half as a goal race.  Last year I finally hit my goal to break 1:35, and I hit 1:33 twice.  I’m not gunning for a big pr this year but if I shave off a little more time, great!


Boston! It will be interesting to be simultaneously training for the half and preparing for the marathon in April.  I can’t yet make a call on goals for this marathon.  It depends on how crazy our winter is! If I’m loving training and getting all my workouts in, then I might go for a strong race.

If it’s a brutal winter (like the last time I ran Boston!!) then I would rather not make it miserable with 18 milers on the treadmill when we have ice and blizzards.  Running Boston for fun is pretty amazing.


I’m scared by put my sub-20 goal out there again because it just hasn’t been happening but yeah, that’s still the goal.  Last year was my closest effort since kids with 20:21 in January, and then the summer was too hot to ‘race’ more 5ks.



This could change, but for now I think I will focus on the half next fall.  I’d love to run a ten miler, too, and there is a great one near us in October! I want to keep chipping away at that sub 1:30 goal.

I want to maintain a few days a week of strength training and a bit of pool running to prevent injuries.

Other life goals: I’m considering more school! Because I just love it and can’t stay away.  On the table: completing an RD degree, Masters in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition, Phd program OR the School of Applied Functional Medicine.  So many good options – I need to sift through it all.

So that’s the plan- I’m excited to dive into the new year!

What’s one of your goals for 2018?

Do you prefer time based goals or experience based goals?

I’m linking up with  SuzRachelLora, and Debbie for Running Coaches Corner, and NicoleAnnmarieMichelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run.


30 thoughts on “Running goals for 2018

  1. Is the Exercise Phys and nutrition a combination program? That sounds amazing! I too am contemplating more school, what is wrong with me?

  2. I love hearing about other people’s goals for 2018. I’m a huge goal person, so it’s fun hearing what people want to accomplish.
    Good luck with school. I just graduated in June and I’m so glad it’s done. Probably my favorite class was exercise physiology. It’s so cool to learn how the body works when we’re being active.

  3. Ah I can’t get enough education either! Would like to study in 2018. Depends on our financial situation. As far as goals, I’d like to be fast again! It’s basically been a steady decline in fitness despite my best pregnant attempts. 😉 I ran a 19:58 5k once. But haven’t been able to replicate or bring it down since. It’s the plateau thing you mention. That and I was almost always training for a longer distance so different systems. Anyway, here’s to 2018 full of joy, growth and exceeding expectations 😉
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  4. You’ve totally got this girl!!! You’re going to rock 2018!! I’m excited to see you tackle all of those goals!!

    I have a few goals as far as running goes for 2018 too! I want to complete my 2nd full marathon and PR in a half at 2:00! We’ll see how it goes!!

  5. I love the “if I feel like it” notion. That’s kind of how I’m going into 2018. Although my feelings are more based on fear of injury again than anything. We’ll see how I’m feeling in January. I’ve thought about going back for more school but the job market is what holds me back. Will I be able to use that degree in what I want to do? It never hurts though! And you will love exercise phys. I’m still loving it 16 years later…whoa. How did I get so old?!?! 😉
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    • I know- it’s so hard to weigh the school vs the loans and practical use… Columbia has an awesome dual nutrition/exercise pys masters I would LOVE to do but the price tag is insane, so I don’t see that happening!
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  6. Oh gosh…plateaus! I have been riding the 13.1 plateau for a couple years. As much as I’d like to knock a few minutes off of my PR, in all honesty, it just has not been a priority. I like to run “all the races” in all kinds of distances…so I really don’t have any distance-specific training (other than endurance). I’m not really fast enough to ever be a contender (unless it’s an especially small race on a really cold day LOL), so it’s not my thing to be speed-focused. #excuses 😉
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    • I think you nailed it- if what you really enjoy is the wide range of distances and don’t have the drive to train for one specific distance, don’t! If you decide you want to break that pr you also know you could do it with some focused training.
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  7. This sounds like a great plan! I love that your goal for this year will be “if I feel like it”. Thats kind of what I’ve been doing and its worked well so far! It’s definitely harder to continue hitting PRs once you make huge progress and start to plateau. I cant wait to follow along in 2018!
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