2016 Running Goals

“There’s something so universal about that sensation, the way running unites our two most primal impulses: fear and pleasure. We run when we’re scared, we run when we’re ecstatic, we run away from our problems and run around for a good time.”

-Christopher McDougall

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Running Goals for 2016:

1.  Run 1100+ miles. In 2015, my initial goal was to run 1100 miles.  Because of some personal matters in the first half of the year, I revised that goal, and changed my goal to 950 for the year.  With 10 days left in 2015, I should end 2015 with about 970 miles.  I am going to make a goal for 2016 to run 1100+ miles, which averages out to about 92 miles per month.  I’ve had 4 months in 2014 and 2015 with over 100 miles per month, and I’m planning on hopefully 6+ months in 2016 with over 100 miles in each month.

2.  Run at least 1 Trail Race.  Towards the end of 2015, I kind of got burnt out on races.  I had a record 16 races in 2015, and I will definitely run fewer races in 2016.  But, that being said, I want to do a trail race, probably a 10k, 10 miler, or half marathon.  I don’t really want to do a short trail race; I want to do a bit longer race and really get the experience.  There are lots of trail races near Wyandotte County Lake, and also near Clinton Lake, so in the next few months, I’ll try to find one to tackle.

3.  Get into the gym regularly.  A wonderful perk of my new job is a $10 monthly membership to a really nice gym close to home.  With running longer distances in 2016, I need to keep my body happy and healthy, and one way to help with that is going to the gym and working on adding a lifting regimen at least a couple times each week.  I’ll continue to try to go to yoga when I can, and hopefully add some other group classes as well.

4.  Run a half marathon with no walking.  This is something I’ve been working on, and I’m so happy that I made it over 10 miles before walking during the KC Half Marathon in October.  I felt wonderful, but got dizzy.  I’m confident I will improve on my half marathons, and be able to tackle one without walking at all in 2016.

5.  Complete my first full marathon.  This is the most terrifying goal of all, for 2016.  I have committed to completing my first full marathon at the KC Marathon in October 2016, and I’ve officially signed up for the race, so it’s really happening!  I have no kind of time expectations, and fully expect to walk and just get through the race, and I don’t know if I’ll ever do a second  marathon, but it’s a huge bucket list item to do a full marathon.

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