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