1) Run at least three half marathons, with the eventual goal of a sub-2 hour half. Surprisingly, this seems to be my easiest goal! I shocked myself by finishing the Caesar Rodney Half Marathon-2009 in 1:59:24. I did not expect that, given the hills, but I’ll take it. Now I’m aiming for a sub-9 minute pace. I have the Pacer’s Running Festival Half in May (and I still don’t know what I’m doing about the Marine Corps Historic Half ). I’m still planning to do the Philadelphia Distance Run in the fall with a friend.
2) Run races in at least three new states (but I’m aiming for 5).
Still looking good here. Delaware is DONE. Maine is back on, just a different race – the Lobster Festival 10k. I’ve also signed up for an Earth Day 5K in Florida next weekend. I’m also stalking the Wisconsin Lighthouse Run page to sign up for that one. The cool thing is that I’ll do the Florida one and the Wisconsin one with my dad. As I mentioned above, I also am likely to hit Pennsylvania this fall when I run with my friend. So 5 is definitely looking good at this point.
3) Workout five times a week. This one got a bit out of whack this month. Between tapering for and recovering from the half marathon, I missed a fair number of runs. I also missed a few classes due to illness and conflicts. Hopefully April will be better. My informal goal of hitting 20 miles a week didn’t go so well this month either.
4) Stop stressing about my weight and start lifting weights. This has been kind of “eh”. I’ve managed strength workouts fairly regularly, but I had to take a mental step back. I was trying to increase the number of minutes I did each night and I found myself just not doing it some nights because I was not sure I had more than five minutes. I changed my goal to doing whatever I had time for and found that most nights I do at least 5 minutes and often more. Funny how mindset makes a difference. As far as stressing about my weight, I’ve given up not stressing. All of my spring and summer clothes are tight. I’m carrying the same 5 pounds I’ve been trying to lose since last spring and I just need it gone. It makes a huge difference in how my clothes fit and how I feel about myself. I’m trying to eat more vegetables and fruit and less processed stuff, plus I’m going to be including speed workouts a little more often. Last month I set a goal of fueling myself better. I’m doing a bit better, but a long ways from great. When we get back from Florida, I’m going to write down everything I eat for a few days, just to figure out where my “weak” areas are and start working on improving them.
5) Run at least 8-10 races this year.
2 down, 6-8 to go. I signed up tonight for the Army 10 miler. I wasn’t going to run it, but I’m feeling the need to see how much faster I can run it than I did in 2007.