It’s been a loooong time since I have written about running. I’ve felt so inspired lately as I scroll through all of my photos that depict a growing belly that continues to push mile after mile. At thirty weeks pregnant, I’m still going. It may be slower (sometimes A LOT slower) than my usual pace, but if there’s one thing I learn after every prenatal run, it’s that I can do it.
I haven’t been the kind of runner to set goals for the year, but I feel compelled to give it a go. So, here come the commitments…
I thought about adding a longer distance, but I’m not sure if I’m ready for that during one of the more chaotic years (welcome a third child in March). I’ve decided to stick to PRs in the distances that I love.
GOAL 1: Run a sub 25 5k. This would be nearly a two minute 5k PR for me, but I’m looking forward to the challenge (and maybe crushing it even further!). Part of the reason I haven’t set a PR in some time is because I haven’t been putting in the work of speed intervals, etc. I think I can be faster if I work hard.
I recently visited the Coach Amanda Cruz’s website (www.run2pr.com) and learned about her story. She went from a 5k in over 30 minutes (first race) to qualifying for the Olympic Trials in the marathon.
It took about six years of hard, hard work.
I’m not sure why, but that turned my head and really made me think. It is true, scientifically, that some people are born faster than others (the whole fast and slow twitch muscle thing). That just means that they may not have to work as hard, but it doesn’t mean that two people of completely different “natural” athletic ability levels can achieve the same goals.
Sub 25 5k it is. Hope it’s even faster.
GOAL 2: Run a sub 2:00 half marathon. This, my friends, will take a lot of work. My half marathon PR is 2:15:38, and it was my very first half marathon. Here’s the thing: It’s mental. I could have probably run a 2:10 by now, but I get it in my head that I have to run so fast it kills me and I start out so damn fast that I die after 1.7 miles.
More than physical training, this will take a ton of mental training. In my reading library so far is:
- Boston Bound by Elizabeth Clor
- The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive by Jim Afremow
- Mental Training For Runners by Jeff Galloway
Obviously physical training will be part of this, but your body can only get you so far if your perspective sucks…
GOAL 3: Run my first trail race. This fall, I fell in love with the trails at Mill Creek Park. I never considered myself a trail runner (and I still don’t, really), but the beauty of them is just breathtaking. I’d love to run a 5-10 mile trail race sometime in the late summer/early fall.
I always choose a leisurely goal like this no matter if it’s running, business, personal, etc. Achieving a goal like this builds confidence and can help you achieve the others. Make sure you have a FUN goal in your 2018 running lineup!
What are your 2018 running goals?