5 Running Goals for 2015

Welcome to 2015!

I cannot believe how quickly 2014 flew by, can you? Every year seems to go faster and faster. I feel like a broken record because I say that every year, but it’s true (and mathematically proven).

Now that I’ve recovered from my wild-and-crazy New Year’s Eve celebration (kidding–my NYE involved Swedish fish, sweats, and watching the Idaho Potato Drop on the Boise ABC-affiliate), I’m ready to list my 5 Running Goals for 2015.

As per my usual, I’m linking up withΒ Courtney from Eat, Pray, Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed up for What?! for their Friday Five Link-Up.

Let’s get to it!

1. Run a 3:40 marathon.
Last year, I set a goal to qualify for Boston, which for my age and gender required a 3:45 marathon. I met that goal (yay!) but, alas, that time wasn’t quick enough to snag me a spot at Boston (boo!).
Up until a few weeks ago, my 26.2 time-goal for 2015 was going to be to just PR in the marathon, improving in some undefined way on my current time (3:44:33). But when I met up with my coach, Kris, she told me I should shoot for a 3:40 in order to secure a 2016 Boston registration. Kris believes I can do it, and so do I. So here goes nothing!

2. Cross-train twice weekly.
I started cross-training in 2014 by taking TRX and bootcamp classes, and I really believe it helped my cardiovascular health. Running at elevation in Idaho, for example, was waaaaay easier than the last time I tried it (in 2013, pre-cross-training). This year, my focus is less on extra cardio and more on strengthening and stretching cross-training–namely, Pilates and yoga. It’s all about keeping balanced and healthy in more ways than just running so that I can keep on running into perpetuity.

3. Strengthen my glutes.

This goal goes hand-in-hand with Goal #2. I want to have strong glutes (particularly my glute medius) so that this hip/leg dysfunction-cycle that’s bothered me the last 1-1/2 years disappears for-evah. To get strong glutes, I need to do my clamshells and other exercises recommended by my physical therapist. Regularly. My quads and hip flexors do way too much work; they need a break.

4. Sleep more than 7 hours per night.
I have a terrible habit of staying up too late and waking up too early. As you probably know, there’s a connection between recovery and sleep. Get enough sleep, and you recover better. Don’t get enough sleep? Well…
Those in the know say that an adult should sleep at least 8 hours per night for optimal health. I would love to set a goal of sleeping 8 hours nightly, but I’m realistic. Ergo, the 7-hour goal. Baby steps!

5. Run 1,000 miles.

I set this goal in 2014 and failed it… Or at least I’m pretty sure I failed. I stopped tracking my mileage and then I was hurt and then blah blah blah [insert excuse]. I really want to make this happen in 2015. It’s going to take dedication to logging my miles and not getting hurt.

What are some of your running-related goals for 2015?

38 thoughts on “5 Running Goals for 2015

  1. These are great goals! I totally think you can meet the 3:40 marathon time! I really need to work on the strengthening too, I’m going to try to make it a priority this year.

  2. I want to run 1000 miles in 2015, too. I have never been great at keeping track of things so I have no idea how close to this I’ve come in the past, but I’m tracking now! Good luck with your goals and Happy New Year!

  3. ah yes sleep — that is so important. i can’t WAIT for you to run boston. i was so bummed for you this year – but that’ll make it all the sweeter once you’re spot is locked in πŸ™‚ you have such a great attitude about it as well – i’d be so upset. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you, Courtney! I’m really, really hopeful about getting a faster qualifying time this year. I don’t want to go through more Boston registration drama next September. And I’m sure my readers don’t want to read by neurotic ramblings about it again, either!

  4. Will be rooting for you as you work your way towards your 3:40 marathon goal (and ultimately a date with Boston). I have 900 as my mileage goal…would be neat if it creeps up to 1,000. Happy New Year!

  5. I’m very lazy when it comes to strength or cross training. That’s one of my goals. I’m in awe…a 3:40 marathon?? I just need to do one. Period. At any time! LOL.

    • Ha ha! You’ll get there (the marathon) if you decide you want to run one. I didn’t think I would ever want to run a marathon, and now here I am, 4 years later, with 4 marathons under my belt. πŸ™‚

  6. Oh, my gosh…MORE THAN 7 hours? Ugh, okay. I set my goal on my UP24 band as 7.5 hours of sleep each night; due to my mandatory post-marathon running hiatus, I managed to do that SEVEN nights in a row. Until last night. Because I got up early this morning to hit the treadmill – ha! So, it’s kind of cart-before-the-horse or something like that…if I’m running, I’m getting up early and probably staying up too late. I’m going to try, though, Molly! We can do it together! πŸ™‚ I’m doing clam shells like my life depends on it; I think those exercises have really, really helped with my hips/hamstrings.

    • I thought about getting a fitness/sleep tracker so that i can keep myself accountable with regard to the amount (and quality) of sleep I get, but I don’t know if I can handle yet another device! I’m interested to hear more from you about your Up.

  7. These are awesome goals! I can’t wait to follow your progress and give you a giant HIGH 5 after you get your 3:40 marathon! Cheers to an awesome 2015, Molly!

  8. Tricia Johnson says:

    I’m so impressed that you ran a marathon in Boston qualifying time! Holy cow! I’m bowing down right now!!! I hope you’re able to score a spot this year! That would be an absolutely amazing experience!

  9. Your goals are awesome. I love that you are going for the 3:40 – that’s amazing!!! And the sleep thing, you have really given me a lot to think about. I stay up too late writing on my blog and get up early to work out and it started NOT working for me as I got closer to my half Ironman and fall marathon, I started falling apart. Thanks for the reminder – I’m going to have a sleep goal this year! I need 7 hours to feel good and was getting 6.

    • I’m the same way–I stay up at night, after I put the kids to bed, to write my blog posts. I have been vigilant since after Christmas about getting more sleep. I hope it works!

  10. Awesome!!! I am so excited to follow your training because our goals are so similar. I totally hear you on the sleep thing too. Ever since I got a fitness tracker that tracks sleep it has made me much more aware of when I go to bed and how much sleep I’m getting. (Probably the most useful thing about it!)

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