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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2018 Running Goals

Don’t call it a comeback…

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You guys, I’VE BEEN RUNNING!

Over the past 2 months, I’ve graduated from physical therapy and continued on my therapy “return to running” plan. Just a couple weeks ago, I ran my very first nonstop mile post-surgery. It’s slow going, and not entirely pain free (my KNEE is pain free while running, it’s the hamstring and calf now that are sore while running, and then there’s a bit of residual knee pain after running).. but I’M RUNNING!

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These pictures were taken 6 days apart, in December. Tank tops to long sleeves.. only in Kansas!

I have a few goals for 2018. If you would compare these goals to previous years’ running goals, you’d scoff at how tiny these goals are, but if you look back at the year I’ve had in regards to my knee injury, surgery, and recovery, I’m so excited the roughest and toughest stuff is behind me, and I can RUN!  It’s not going to be easy. In fact, it’s disheartening how much fitness I lost over the past 8 months of barely running to not weight bearing at all after surgery, to slowly recovering back to where I am now. My last month of decent-ish mileage was May, and that month only had 50 or so miles in it!  2017 was extremely low in terms of mileage; I will end up with just about 300 miles for 2017, almost all of those miles happening January through May.  For comparison, I ran 1025 miles in 2016. 

2017 was a really rough year in terms of fitness and running for me. I have a lot of work to do, and I need to be kind to my body and be extra kind and thankful for my knee which is still mending.  But I’m not looking into the past, I’m looking forward!

In 2018, I hope to complete 2 half marathons, even if it is a walk/run. I hope to do 1 in the spring and 1 in the fall. Ideally, I will walk/run the spring and run the half in the fall, but right now, all options are open, and no races are on my schedule.  I have a couple races in mind, but I’m not signing up for anything until much closer. Right now, I’m on a running schedule with minutes, and strictly using a metronome to keep my cadence up. My return to running schedule currently does not allow me to run back to back days, and I am very cognizant of my running form and any signals my knee is giving me.  I will continue on this path until I’m ready to run back to back days without a metronome. I will sign up for a race when I feel I can complete it.

In 2018, I will get my butt to the gym. I hope to get back to lunch time classes about once per week, and lift once or twice per week as well. I’m not setting myself up with a strict schedule to begin, but I want to get back to the gym consistently in 2018. I am lucky that my employer pays most of my gym membership, leaving me with a tiny monthly fee. There is absolutely no reason I can’t get into a solid routine, which will certainly help strengthen my weak leg muscles and help me get some fitness back.  I want to keep up my cycling, and add in a regular cycle class, in addition to using my bike at home.

In 2018, I want to eat healthier. I want to limit or eliminate my pop and sugar intake. I drink wayyyy too much pop and have wayyyyy too many sweet treats.  The addiction is real.  As I ease my way back into running, I want to help my body and treat it with kind and tasty healthier foods instead of giving it sugar and crap to eat and drink. I know the journey off sugar or limiting sugar will be a long one, and I’m not planning to go cold turkey.  There isn’t anything wrong with an occasional treat, but my treats have become mostly daily. I anticipate this goal will be the toughest of the three I have for 2018.

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Thanksgiving run in Hays with Chris and Momma, my first outdoor run since before my surgery in July.

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2017: January Running

January is over already! I can still vividly remember my first run of 2017, in Cloverdale, Indiana of all places!  Let’s get right into January’s running recap!

I ran 55 miles in January, which is way lower than I prefer, but I spent a week and a half too sick to run and had a very busy month, otherwise.  Overall, I had pretty solid runs, just not quite as often as I would have liked.  My unofficial goal this year is to reach 1000+ miles again.

I started 2017 in Detroit, with Chris and his family.  We had a 12 hour drive home on New Years Day, so naturally, we stopped about halfway to run a mile.  I had told Chris we would have to stop and run at least a mile, because one ALWAYS runs on New Years Day!  He was thrilled, just like I knew he would be. 😉

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My longest run in January was 10 miles, which happened on a treadmill, unfortunately.  I needed to get a good solid long run, but it was drizzly and hovering around freezing, with icy spots, so I opted for inside, and had my longest treadmill run to date.

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I ran with friends a couple times, ran solo several times, and ran with Chris a bunch too in January.  I had 15 runs total in January, which isn’t terrible.  I like to have 1-2 days off from running each week, so I’m looking forward to picking it up a bit in February.

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I finished out January with a strong 5 mile run, which felt great. My goal for February is to add strength training 1-2 times per week over my lunch hour, in addition to my running.

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How was your January? Any goals for February?