I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to a new year filled with more memories and achievements like I am.
Like every year I like to set a few goals to achieve for the year rather than a New Years resolution that I won’t keep. Last year I still had a love hate relationship with running so my goals were not running related. The year has ended with a complete turn around and a love for running for fitness as well as the social side and mental health aspects that I love about it.
I already have a few challenges to get me started from the get go.
For January I will be taking part in the Run everyday January for the charity Mind. I have carefully planned out a schedule that will mean I do not become injured but can achieve a second goal of running over 100 miles for the month. My aim is to run 125 in January.
This will then help towards my second big challenge of running 1000 miles in 2018.
I would like to have a full race diary this year to help keep me motivated throughout the year and to achieve the 1000 miles.
So far I have one half marathon booked and my first ever 20 mile race for the first quarter of the year with the hope of running a full marathon in the autumn if I can wait that long. I have contemplated running a full marathon at an event I have often ran the half but I am wanting my first marathon to be a fun scenic one with new challenging experiences.
I do have some virtual running medals to earn for January and February which will be nice additions to my collection.
My running will be about distance rather than speed for 2018. I feel like I have that out of my system after managing a few PB’s throughout the year and if I’m going to achieve the mileage goal I do not want to get injured. I also want to enjoy it and I have never been a fan of constantly running at speed. I tend to run quite slowly during training but somehow always pull it out the bag on race day.
My new Garmin Forerunner 235 has kindly predicted a few achievable goals for me but I will only be trying to achieve these if it’s a natural result of generally running more and consistently keeping up with my training.
I was given a brilliant book for Christmas called 80/20 Running: Run Stronger and Race Faster by Training Slower. It’s all about running further to go faster rather than running faster to run faster. I have only just started it but I’m going to apply the principles in the book into my training. I think the challenges will be those times when I am constraint on time which is really the reason most people tend to run fast even during training.
The same author has written several books including one on nutrition The New Rules of Marathon and Half-Marathon Nutrition: A Cutting-Edge Plan to Fuel Your Body Beyond “the Wall” so I’ll be following this book with that one while I await the release of the Run Mummy Run book written by Leanne the founder of the group.
I have found this blog a great place to document my running and nutrition journey and plan to keep it going as a platform to put down the highs and lows of training.
I have an exciting opportunity to complete a run leader course so that I can help volunteer in my running club and I will be part of a group helping to set up a local park run in time for spring.
- Run 1000 miles
- Run everyday in January
- Run my first Marathon
- Become a run leader
- Become part of a ParkRun community
- Continue to inspire my girls
I am excited to see where my running will take me in 2018.
Happy new year. I hope 2018 is a good one.