My 2016 Running Resolutions
It's that time of year again!
I am starting to map out the different goals I would like to achieve in 2016. As far as my fitness goals, I have a number of resolutions. Generally speaking, I don't usually make many -- if any -- resolutions at the start of each year. I usually set goals that I make throughout the year. (Usually it works, but sometimes it doesn't.) With fitness, and running more specifically, I actually have the ability to set a goal at the beginning of the year, and see it through to the end.
Last year, I wanted to run longer distances, which I accomplished! In 2015, I ran two 200-mile relays, a 15k, a 10 miler, and a half marathon. In 2016, I really want to train for and run my first marathon. I haven't decided a city yet, but I know that I want to do it.
I also want to lose weight. In fact, I need to lose weight. With all of the training I'll be putting in for my first marathon, I'm going to have to lose the weight I've been trying to drop for the last two years. Additionally, I'm going to have to get stronger. My lower body is not nearly as strong as it needs to be, and I really want to strengthen and define my core and upper body. The combination of losing weight and getting stronger will help me become a better runner, and will hopefully leave me prepared for my first marathon.
In addition to running my longest distance ever, I also want to run faster. My speed has really declined over the last year, mainly because I have focused more on distance than on time. I mainly just wanted to see if I could push myself to run longer distances, with total disregard for how long it would take me to get there! I really want to make this the focus of my training in the early months of my marathon training, that way I can continue to push myself to keep a decent time in the later months. If I slack off with speed training at the beginning, it will be very hard for me to try to literally play catch up once I've started adding on double-digit miles. I know that I can run a half marathon without stopping, but I also know that I run it very slowly. My time goals might be slower than most people's, but they're my goals. :-)
I really enjoyed running in Toronto in the summer of 2015. It was pretty cool hearing a different country's anthem prior to the start of the race, and the "cation" part of the runcation was pretty sweet. I think it would be really cool to run another race in a different country, or even just a different state!
My final resolution (for now) is to write my race recaps within a week of running the race! I have really fallen behind on my race recaps! It's really bad, you guys! I need to come up with a better routine for having a shorter turnaround on recaps, and I have a couple of strategies that I believe will help get me there. If you have any suggestions, please feel free to leave them in the comments!
I look forward to keeping you updated on my progress throughout the year. Wish me luck!
Last update: December 31, 2015