When I think about my running goals I get overly excited. Nothing makes me feel more accomplished than finishing a great run. I love that feeling when I’m just totally worn out, already sore BUT ridiculously happy.
Running makes me feel alive. It makes me feel like I’m accomplishing something that I’ll look back on and be proud of when I’m 100 years old (fingers crossed).
I won’t remember this marketing campaign that I managed or that blog post that I wrote, but I will remember every single race. Or at least I really hope that I do.
As many of you know it’s so hot here in South Florida during the summer that we don’t have any races, but as the fall inches closer I’m starting to think about my goals. Couple this with having just celebrated a birthday and I’ve got myself a nice little list of dreams to make into reality over the next year!
Here are five running related things I want to do during my 29th year on this earth:
- Run a personal best at the Chicago Marathon!
- Break 2:50 in the half marathon!
- Break 35 minutes in the 5K.
- Run in at least two new-to-me countries.
- Run a race on a hilly course just to see what it’s like (not for time).
^ That last one snuck in there because I was looking at pictures from the San Fran. half and decided that I would like to see what it’s like to race on a course with hills.
Training for that kind of a race here in Fort Lauderdale will be a challenge, and likely require significant time on the treadmill, but it’s something I’d like to experience. I think it would also give me the confidence to go back and run the Portland Marathon again someday…. 2016… 2017? #SoonerRatherThanLater
None of the other things on the list are likely very surprising to anyone who frequently reads this blog – or at least I hope not! 🙂
One thing that is missing is “run an ultramarathon.” Since I started running it’s been on my radar to run a 50-miler before I turn 30. That’s been my ultimate goal and it’s why I rushed my way from the 5K to the full marathon so quickly.
I still want to run a 50-miler… in fact I want to run A LOT of them in my lifetime. It’s the ultimate distance for me and it’s one that I will cross off my bucket list. However, as I’ve been training for Chicago it’s dawned on me that to make my first ultra the race I want it to be, I need to put more work into the shorter distances first. Essentially, I need to earn my way into a great ultramarathon debut!
Right now I’m having all kinds of exciting thoughts about PRing in the half marathon distance… during my first conversation with my current coach she said “you still have so much potential to explore at the half distance.”
That line has crossed my mind so many times during the last couple of months. I think I wanted to rush up to the ultra distance because I didn’t believe I had potential at any of the shorter distances. Now that it has occurred to me that I do have potential at the half marathon I WANT to reach for the stars.
What appealed to me early on about ultras is that runners are encouraged to go at a slower, leisurely pace and that’s all I ever thought I’d be capable of. I mean, it’s not like I’m going to go run a 1:30 half marathon tomorrow, but I do think with a lot of dedication and focus I could break 1:59 someday. Training to do that would be just as challenging, if not more challenging, than running a 50-mile race…
The thing is, I want to do both equally as bad, but both require pretty significant focus. I think training for a 50-miler would lend itself to a faster half marathon time naturally, but because I run so slowly my training runs would take up the entire weekend! I already find the work-run-life balance to be challenging during regular marathon training (but totally worth it).
I DON’T KNOW! Deciding what I want to do after Chicago is really tough! For now, I’m just going to take it day-by-day and chip away at my five goals for the next year.
No matter what I end up doing I’m sure it will lead to an exciting journey because running always does!
Do you have a BIG goal you want to achieve this fall/winter?
PS: If you haven’t seen my latest vlog check it out – I talk about my Chicago training and answer some fun running (and non-running) questions! Adam says when I get to 1,000 subscribers he’ll start appearing in the videos. Only 992 more subscribers to go! LOL 😀