It’s been a while since I visited my goals for the year. I’m beginning to think about next year, so I thought I’d check in and see how I’m doing this year.
1) Run at least three half marathons, with the eventual goal of a sub-2 hour half. All done, with two of them at sub-2. Revised goal: Beat 1:30 at the Army 10 miler in October. This is not looking likely. I’m just not feeling speedy lately, so I may just take it easy on this race and actually try to pay attention to where we are running. I’ve run near the monuments during races before, yet I really have never notice them LOL. I’d at least like to meet my finish time from the last time I ran this race, which was 1:35. We’ll see.
2) Run races in at least three new states (but I’m aiming for 5).
Blew this one away. Delaware, Florida, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Maine, and Illinois this year.
3) Workout five times a week. I’m still running four times a week and I’m back to walking at least 1.5 miles on weekdays to take Jones to school. Sometimes I get another 1.5 in the afternoon if Shoo and I walk to get Jones or another walk with a friend after dropping Jones off. Shoo is two weeks into preschool, so I’m hoping soon to figure out some sort of cross-training that works for me.
4) Stop stressing about my weight and start lifting weights. I actually lost the weight I wanted by being more mindful of what I was putting in my mouth. I have totally sucked on the weight lifting though. Hoping to figure that out this fall as well.
5) Run at least 8-10 races this year.
11 down, 2 to go.
February 1 -12k (done)
March 15 – half marathon (done)
May 17 – half marathon done
June 27 – 10K done
August 28 – 5k done
September 26 – 10k done
November 26 – 5k
I’ve accomplished most of my goals, as well as having hit 20 miles or more a week for the last 17 weeks. After the race this weekend, I have nothing except the neighborhood Turkey Trot. I’m ok with that. For a short while, running needs to take a back seat while I get some other things in life a little more settled. That doesn’t mean I won’t be running, but I do think I’ll be barely hitting 20 miles per week, if that. I’m being pulled in too many directions right now and Beer Geek is traveling for part of two weeks later this month. Also, lately, my “bad” runs have outnumbered my “good” runs at least 2 to 1. I need to figure out where my energy went (I’m guessing bad fueling choices and having to get up an hour and a half earlier than I was during the summer…).
Two days until the 10 miler. I’m remembering now why I said I’d never run it again. It was a total pain picking up my packet today – they moved pick up to the Armory, which is 45 minutes by metro from my house, the line took 45 minutes, and then I had to metro home. Meanwhile, Shoo was with a babysitter, so I paid for the privilege of standing in line by myself. Parking will be a pain on Sunday (luckily, I know the area, so I will be able to get a spot). You have to go through a security checkpoint and cell phones are not allowed. 30,000 people are registered, so there will be lines for everything and the first mile is spent tripping over others. Don’t get me wrong – it’s an amazingly well run race and a great course, but I’ve realized I much prefer smaller races. I want to spend my energy running, not juggling logistics.
Have good weekend everyone. I’ll be back Sunday night with a race report. Who knows, maybe I’ll surprise myself and eek out a PR…