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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The Comeback

It’s been a year since my knee was cut open for the second time in it’s life.  9 days after that, it was cut open for the third time. The past year has been a year of struggles and and rehab and finding my groove. It’s not been an easy year, but I’ve learned so much about myself this past year.

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I spent 10 weeks on crutches, 5 months in therapy, missed hundreds of miles of running in the past year. I gained strength in my legs and heart, found a new love for biking, and I’ve learned how to track my food and lose weight, even without regular exercise. I’ve appreciated every run I’ve been on, even the runs that ended in tears.

I still have some pain in my knee, but the pain is so much less than it was, and it’s a different pain. It’s mostly a pain of muscle and tendon tightness, not the nagging, grinding nerve pain I had previously. I know as I continue to lose weight and increase miles slowly, and keep building strength, the pain will lessen and I will settle in to a running routine that feels like me.

It’s been a rough year, but it’s also been a good year, since I had surgery 365 and 356 days ago. It’s been a year of healing. I’m ready for the next chapter. The year of building. The comeback.

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May has put me in a bit of a funk. Between travel, busy schedules, and hot temps, my motivation to work out has tanked. I won’t lie, I’ve put on a fair bit of weight since last year this time. And I’m not happy about it. But not being happy about it does not make it disappear. Instead, I fret about it, and stress about it, and end up either guilting myself into trying something new and difficult and failing, or throwing in the towel and saying let’s try tomorrow, or body shaming myself into a tizzy.

Enough is enough.

Tomorrow starts a new month. I like fresh starts for the nice, blank slate it offers. I have set 5 goals for myself for the month of June. All are attainable, and all are small enough goals on their own that I can push myself to achieve, and all together, they are good habits to build over the next 30 days. I don’t feel like any of the goals below are too lofty to set myself up to fail, but all are difficult enough that I will be challenging myself with each one.

Without further ado, my June goals are listed below:

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5 big glasses of water each day. 5 x 20 oz. glasses = 100 oz of water every day. I do not drink enough water, period. I am going to challenge myself to drink 100 oz. per day for a whole month, and hopefully my mood and skin will be thanking me, even if my bladder will get some extra work.

4 runs per week. Running has been a struggle. It’s been hard, and the extra weight I’m carrying around is not making it any easier. I completed a half marathon at the beginning of May, and it was one of the hardest runs of my life. I have been working to get back in the swing of things and starting small, and I need to keep doing this until the joy returns. Running is always there for me, I need to give it the dedication it deserves to reward me.

3 gym sessions per week. Chris and I joined a new gym a few months ago, and we have been trying to go once a week to lift. I am challenging myself to continue doing this, along with going to 2 workout classes over lunch each week. The classes are different enough I won’t get bored, and putting it here for everyone to read will help keep me accountable to go three times a week, which will help build muscle and sweat out fat.

2 other “activities” per week. (DVD workout, or bike ride, or swim, or walk, etc) Basically, be ACTIVE! I have DVDs I can workout to, or I can go on evening bike rides or walks, there is plenty I can do to be active and get a little sweat on, so I am challenging myself to do 2 other activities along with 4 runs and 3 gym sessions, each week.

1 pop per week – or less! I weaned myself off caffeine a couple months ago, and though I don’t get a headache if I don’t have caffeine any more, I still find myself having a pop a couple times a week. I don’t want a couple times a week to turn into every day, nor do I want it to turn into an addiction like it was previously, so I’m going to allow myself one pop per week if I want it. Hopefully, with the other positive changes I am making, I will not always want one once a week, but I’m not going to cut it out completely. MODERATION!

June is going to be a good month, friends. Do you have any goals for June? Share them with me, and let’s keep each other accountable!!