About a month ago I shared how I fell apart when I turned 30, and shared the running goals I had given myself before I turned 35. It has been a month since I really decided to work on those goals, and I thought I’d quickly check back in.
Goal #1 – Run a 4:30 marathon. This is absolutely a long range goal for me, and I don’t expect to get there this year (also, I’m not running a marathon in the next two months). I am currently making plans to run the Austin Marathon in February, but that will be more of an effort of getting my distance back up, and not a race I want to focus on my time. It doesn’t help that it is a particularly hilly race. Thanks to my deferral this year, I have a guaranteed spot in the 2016 Marine Corps Marathon – where I hope to hit this time goal. In the meantime I am getting back on the road, regaining the habit of running, and rebuilding distances.
Goal #2 – Run an ultra. See goal #1. Pretty sure this is a long way off, but I’m on the right track!
Goal #3 – Race with my dog. This one I have been making some progress towards! This is my dog Wake. He was a rescue pup that we had thought was a border collie mix. He’s about nine months old now, and we are starting to doubt our original thoughts, given he has seemingly stopped growing and is only a touch over 25 pounds. One thing about Wake, however, is that he does LOVE to run. Due to the fact that he is still a pup, I can’t take him on terribly long runs, but on the days when I do just a short evening one miler to keep up on my streak (that’s the next goal!), Wake is my buddy. Our runs aren’t always very pretty – sometimes Wake decides it would be more fun to run in crazy circles around me or pull the leash – but he LOVES them. We tend to only run at night, so I put my amphipod reflective magnets on the sides of his harness, and he has come to realize that those magnets mean it is go time. He’s a pretty happy guy!
Goal #4 – 100 Day Running Streak. I am happy to report that I have finished the first 26 days of this (and as soon as this post is written and my daughter is tucked in – I will head out with Mr. Wake for day number 27!). Now, I know there are some holes in the calendar to the left, but those are the days when I have found myself running on a treadmill instead of outside. You may notice many of my runs are not very long, and most are very slow, but I’m proud of my consistency! There has been a day or two where it has been a challenge to convince myself to head out, and if you look close you will see a great many of those runs are happening after 9pm (which will happen again tonight, and I talked about in the running on a schedule post from last week!). I have been bribing myself along the way with little rewards, but I’ll tell you more about that another day.
Goal #5 – 1,000 mile year. Look at 2016. The plan is two marathons, and between training for those races, and hoping to get back to a few of my favorite races in the DC area (Frederick Running Festival has a special place in my heart), I think it may be my year!
What running goals do you have for yourself? How do you plan to achieve them? Til next time!