“Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up, it knows it must outrun the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning in Africa, a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve. It doesn’t matter whether you’re the lion or a gazelle – when the sun comes up, you’d better be running.”
– Christopher McDougall
Running Goals for 2015:
1. Run 1100+ miles. This year, I will come in around 850-870. Adding 200+ miles will increase my mileage by about 20 miles per month. In 2014, I have had 2 months over 100 miles, and my goal is to have most of the months in 2015 over 100 miles per month.
2. Run a half marathon with no walking. I currently have registered for 2 half marathons in 2015, the Rock the Parkway Half Marathon on April 11, and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Las Vegas on November. I may add an early summer or early fall half marathon, it depends how the training cycle goes.
3. 5k PR of under 30 minutes and a 10k PR of under 62 minutes. I have had unofficial 5k and 10k PRs this fall, but they have been in training runs. I need to focus and increase my speed so it shows on race day. I feel confident I can reach both PRs in 2015, especially if I continue running some speed workouts, with or without my KCRC group.
4. Do a handstand. I know this one isn’t necessarily running related, but it is fitness related, and it will help me improve on core strength and shoulder strength, which will help my running. I also hope to practice yoga at least once a week, even if it is privately at home. I miss practicing yoga weekly, like I did back in Hays.
5. Enjoy the run. I enjoy nearly all of my runs now, and I want to keep it that way. I don’t want running to feel like a job, or a chore. I love running, and want to keep my relationship with running a happy and healthy one. If I need to take a week off I can, and if I need to get out there and run when I have housework to do, I can. The run is stress relief, and it is a part of me.
With 2 weeks left in 2014, have you thought ahead to your running or fitness goals for 2015? Share them in the comments below!