Hey hey hey- it?s time for Tuesdays on the Run again.
What else would you talk about on the first week of the year but GOALS!
Are you looking to change things up this year? PR a particular distance? All of them? Take a big leap forward in your training?
Tell us all about it. We’re listening. Err… reading. You know what I mean.
Alright, I’ll admit it. I’m not good with goals.
I’m terrible, in fact.
Sure, I can come up with some grand ones, and I’ll even attempt to work toward them. But generally speaking, I’m too “go with the flow” when it comes to change around here that I don’t hold myself to stay accountable. I allow myself to be easily distracted and end up doing the bare minimum to get by.
So goal number one is to be better at doing THAT holding myself accountable this year in my training.
How many times a week I’ll run and at what effort I’ll run them will all be tracked.
If it’s on the planner, I’ll do it.
As far as time goals, racing plans, weight loss, yadda, yadda, yadda (yeah- I yadda’d weight loss) those are pretty standard around here.
Get a little faster (not looking to PR anytime soon; those numbers are about 60 pounds and five years behind me!). But improvement at the 5K distance is a start. In fact, focusing on the shorter distances might be my best plan for the coming year all around.
Walk Less. As a Galloway-er, I’ve moved to shorter and shorter intervals. This means a lot more walking.
This is hurting me mentally as well as speed wise. I don’t feel like a runner as much as I did even a year ago because those walk breaks are getting into my head.
Oh, I like them.
But… that’s the problem. I like them a little too much. I’m going to work on this one starting with training for the Princess Half. Less overall walking is in my future.
Travel less. I’m feeling the travel burnout of my grand plans with races and think I’ll stay home more this year. Well… after April. I’m already locked into a couple of trips. But, after that, I’m cutting back! I promise!There are plenty of opportunities to race locally, and I have an eye on a few. If I’m focusing on shorter distances (as I think I should) then there’s no need to travel for a 5K. We’ll see how the local races pan out.
Weight Loss. I say this all the time: it has to happen. I am on a constant yo-yo with weight, and I honestly feel it’s tied to my long distance running efforts.
When I took a break from running this spring, I gained.
When I ran short distances this summer and into the fall, I lost.
When I added back the long runs for the Avengers Half and all these races coming up, I gained back about half of what I lost.
Something about the added miles and slow, steady state of plodding along doesn’t work for my body.
Plus you know: #allthefood after a long run. I know THAT is a problem- and a temptation I don’t have when I’m running 2-6 miles only.
Between the January and February races I should be able to make some progress, and again between February and April. After that last half in April: GAME ON.
So that’s what I have planned this year. I’ll admit I’ve avoided thinking about goals for this year until JUST NOW so I don’t have action items in place just yet. But those are coming, and I’m sure there will be talk coming on how to do all these things.
What are your goals looking like for 2016? Are you good at setting and meeting goals?
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Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)