So many people have been writing some awesome goal check in posts that it made me realize I hadn’t done one in a while
or ever so I decided it would be a good time to start!
I fell off the wagon hardcore in April. By the end of March/beginning of April I was simply exhausted and not really feeling the whole running thing much anymore. Runs had become more like a chore; instead of me looking forward to them, I regarded them with dread. As a result, I had some pretty crappy runs because mentally I just wasn’t there. I decided to take a break in April. I know I said I was going to be consistent with my running schedule at the beginning of the year, but I was burnt out and didn’t want to force myself to do something I didn’t enjoy doing. I found this really cool bootcamp/cross fit style class and began to take that several times a week. It was very enjoyable and resulted in me building some muscle this month!
My biggest problem when it comes to goal setting is I get bored very easily. I’m not the kind of person who can stick with one thing for very long periods of time and virtually no break. Which is why it’s surprised me that I’ve stuck with running for so long, but in running there’s always a new goal to set. For example, this season (spring 2016) I kind of got away from running OCR’s as much to focus on road races. I ran the Princess half marathon, Best Damn Race 10k, and Star Wars Dark Side Challenge, which was my first challenge race. I ran my best half marathon and 10k this season, so I’m glad I had the chance to get new PR’s in road races.
On to the goals…
1) Run a sub-30 5k race. Well, I haven’t registered for any 5k road races yet, but that doesn’t mean I won’t. There will be plenty coming up. In a way, I might even like to hold off on this goal until early 2017, as I am currently registered for the Gasparilla Distance Classic Amber Challenge (15k, 5k, 1/2 marathon) and it would be pretty cool if I could sub-30 at the same race that was my first timed 5k ever! We’ll see how I end up feeling this year.
2) Start running competitive OCR. Technically I did at Warrior Dash, however, I haven’t run a timed competitive OCR event yet. Most of the reason for this is because I haven’t run many OCR events yet this season- I will have plenty of opportunities for this come fall. My schedule already has 2 Spartans, Savage Race and Battlefrog on there, as well as the Bonefrog Challenge. I most definitely will NOT be running competitively at Bonefrog, as I haven’t run a race of that caliber yet and would like to know what I’m getting myself into beforehand. No doubt I will enter some competitive waves though!
3) Begin marathon training in the fall. Ehhhh…haha. I keep vacillating on this one. Sometimes I’m all go like, “Yeah! Let’s do this!” But remember that spontaneous thing I mentioned earlier? Yeah, that kind of bites me in the butt. My original plan was to do a marathon in Spring 2017, but so far I’m already signed up for a 25 mile challenge event (Gasparilla) in February, Battlefrog in March and the Sarasota Half Marathon, also in March. With my schedule shaping up the way it has been, I most likely will be putting this goal off until at least 2018 because I don’t want to overload myself. However, I do feel like training for the 25 mile challenge weekend will give me a good glimpse into what marathon training is like and how to balance my training/life better.
4) Focus on speedwork. I did great on this so far this year, with the exception of this month because I haven’t been running regularly. I’m going to get back to my training plan (helped out by the lovely Coach Suz of course) this month, so I’ll be working in speedwork slowly to avoid injury.
5) Maintain strength and conditioning. I’ve been rocking at this so far! That bootcamp class I mentioned above has been great and I’ve been taking that several times a week. Granted I was doing that while not running so I had more time on my hands for classes, but I will definitely be keeping that in the lineup and maintaining my focus throughout the next few months.
My goals are all achievable, I just have to put my mind to it and get it done!