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.
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?