2019 Running Goals

Though any time of the year is a good time to reflect up on and set new goals, the end of the year is a natural and hopeful time to do so for the upcoming year. For the past several years, I have set goals for the year in regards to running. Usually there are multiple goals, and they have not all been reached, but having them motivated me to try and gave me something to work toward, throughout the year.

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As I look back at my goals for the previous years, I can find goals to work on in the upcoming year as well!

In 2015, I had a goal to run a 5K under 30 minutes. I did achieve this goal. I had other goals that were not achieved, but I was and am very proud of this PR. I believe I can get there again in 2019. I have been running consistently and slowly building up miles and speed. I would like to set this as a goal again for 2019.

In 2016, I had a goal to run 1100 miles. I came in just shy, with 1025 miles, my highest mileage year by far. In 2018, I clocked in at 380 miles… very low compared to two years ago, but considering my knee was torn open and bone scraped out a year and a half ago, and I was in rehab for 5 months, and had to start running agin from square one, I’m proud of these miles. I am not setting a mileage goal this year, but would love to see the 650-800 mile range (55-65 miles per month) in 2019.

In 2017, I had a goal to complete a marathon. This did not happen… not even close. Instead, I had 2 knee surgeries within 2 weeks of each other.  I have decided to not sign up for a half marathon (or longer distance) race until I can build my mileage up to running 9-11 miles for a long run. I’ve been working hard these past several months to run with good form, high cadence, and have been slowly building mileage. I plan to continue this and once I’m at a good, strong base, I will consider a half again, and maybe a full someday.

In 2018, one of my goals included getting to the gym regularly. I have gotten to the gym, with quality lunch strength classes twice per week. I definitely plan to continue going to the gym for my lunchtime strength classes, and will try to add in cycle, some free weights, and maybe even kickboxing here and there. I can tell I’m getting stronger just from the twice per week classes, so I can’t wait to continue doing that and adding in more as well.

So there you have it… looking back at some of my previous years’ goals has given me insight to plan some goals for the upcoming year. Very loosely, my goals for 2019 include:

1. PR in the 5k (current PR: 29:29). I’d also love to strive for a PR in the 10k (current PR: 1:03:00). The shorter race distances are fun for me right now, and I’m able to push a bit and not have quite the same pressures as running for hours on end.

2.  I’d love to see my yearly mileage in the 650-800 mile range (55-65 miles per month) for 2019, but no set goal as to distance. I do want to increase my base to be able to work in a half marathon or longer, but no plans for a half marathon just yet in 2019. We’ll see how the year unfolds. 🙂

3.  Continue to go to the gym regularly, including 2x per week gym classes at lunch, and work on adding in other cross training, such as cycling classes, biking outdoors, kickboxing classes, etc.

The ultimate goal is to keep my knee (and body) healthy. I lost about 25 pounds in the second half of 2018, and after not really tracking/losing weight the past couple months due to holidays, traveling, and general lack of motivation in that regard, I am excited to reign things in and work on my health journey along side my running journey in 2019.

To all of my friends, I wish you the happiest of new years, and I hope you attain the goals you set for your self, whenever and however you set them for yourself.

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Tuesday Mentionings: January 3

Good morning and HAPPY NEW YEAR! I had a great New Year’s weekend in Detroit, meeting and celebrating the new year with Chris’ family. We drove home Sunday and were able to stop and see Chris’ friends a couple hours from KC as well.  I have a quick little update for this week, since it’s already Tuesday!

On the plane up to Detroit, I read the book below, I spent a lot of time laughing to myself on the plane! This is a great fun read.

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I got into Detroit Thursday night, and met Chris’ parents and stayed up late talking. Friday for lunch, Chris took me to Olga’s Kitchen, a restaurant native to Detroit.  We had Snackers, which are delicious pita bread slices with spices.  Mmmm they were tasty.  We also had some steak and cheese and pepper wraps in pita bread.  It was a delicious lunch.

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Friday afternoon, we had tickets to Trans-Siberian Orchestra, thanks to Chris’ aunt who gave us the seats. They put on a great show, I highly recommend seeing them if you have the chance.

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After the show, we had dinner with Chris’ Aunt Dar and Uncle Rick, and then drove to Rochester, outside Detroit, to see these awesome Christmas lights downtown.  There were lots of people driving and walking around looking at the lights.

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On New Years Eve, Saturday, Chris and I ran 4 miles around his hometown of Allen Park.  I reached 1025 miles for the year with that run, and it was really cool to run around where Chris grew up, went to school, and see downtown.  I managed to trip on a sidewalk crack and skin my knee, so a bit of Renee stayed in Allen Park, too.

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Later in the afternoon, we went to Chris’ cousin’s house to see his Mom’s side of the family.  They had these weird candy things, called Flying Saucers.  The outside part tasted like styrofoam, and I really didn’t think I was supposed to eat it, but I was told (and shown) that it was ok to eat it, and inside were little candy sugar beads.  Quite the interesting candy, to say the least.

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We spent the rest of New Years Eve chiling at his parent’s house, and watched the ball drop together.

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Early on New Years Day, we ate breakfast with Chris’ family and then hit the road for home.  We drove and drove, and when it was time to stop for gas and lunch, we ran a quick mile, because you HAVE to run on New Year’s Day!

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We spent most of Monday cleaning up, putting Christmas decorations away, and running errands.  Chris opened the gifts from my family, and he got this hockey game, where you can freeze water in it and play ice hockey.  I sent the snap below…

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Have a great week! I hope you have a Happy New Year!

Thursday Thoughts: Happy New Year

Happy New Year!  We came back home to KC on Sunday after a whirlwind couple of weeks in Hays for Grandpa’s funeral and Christmas.

Jasper seemed happy to come back home and see all his normal things.  He spent a while staring out the window and watching the birds in the tree.

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James and I bought Jasper a water fountain drinking bowl – he always likes to sit in the shower when I trickle the water on and drink from the faucet, so we thought it would be a good idea to try out this bowl.  He wasn’t too sure of it at first, and after he played in it and got the floor all wet, he decided it was okay to drink from.

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I had my last run of 2014 on Tuesday (December 30), which was actually the first run I’d had in 10 days! I did 5 miles on the treadmill because the wind chill was crazy low, and parts of it hurt, but I got through, and finished 2014 with 845 total miles.  I’ve already written about my 2015 goals, I’m excited to hit the ground running this year!

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James and I had a low key New Years Eve, which was perfect after the crazy last few weeks.  We ate at Barley’s Brewhaus, then came home and ran in the new year from our comfortable and cozy couch.

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This morning, a friend and I ran in the KC Track Club New Years Day Fun Run, which was cold, but fun.  We got 4 miles in the books, then had some hot chocolate to warm up.  About 150 people ran this morning, it was a great way to start the new year! I even won a pair of shoes from Garry Gribbles in the raffle!

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This afternoon, James and I are going to a movie and will relax the rest of the day.  Did you party hard to ring in the new year? Share your 2015 goals below!