Goals, goals, goals. Where to begin… Writing these down always makes them real. Right? It always makes me a little nervous writing them down because what happens if you don’t reach them? Did you fail?
Some of these might make sense to some. Some might not to others. Who knows, but here they are along with why I have set them this way. Anyway here goes nothing.
- 5K – 20:58 (6:44/mile)
- 10K – 43:33 (7:00/mile)
- Half Marathon – 1:40 (7:37/mile)
- Marathon – 3:45 (8:34/mile)
For the 5K, I really thought I was dialing into that last year. After my 5K in Naperville and the Shamrock Shuffle 8K in Chicago, averaging 6:45 seemed like it was well within reach. Unfortunately my calf issues started shortly after the 8K in April, and this meant I couldn’t get it done last year. I would really like to run faster, but this seems like a great place to start, so I guess we will see come this Spring.
Once again, it’s only January, and my racing calendar is already starting to fill itself up. After my disappointing (can finishing my first marathon really be disappointing though?) Naperville Marathon last fall, I am really looking forward to all of the races this year.
The F^3 Lake Half Marathon should be fun and exciting because who doesn’t like running along Chicago’s lakefront in January. I was spoiled last year when I ran in the Chicago Polar Dash Half Marathon because it was 50 degrees that day. I am not counting on that this year, but it still should be great. Plus, unlike the 10K I ran at Thanksgiving in Arizona, I will be fully recovered from my marathon. In fact, I am into week 5 of my current round of training. Also, since I was on vacation before the race in Arizona, my race week fueling was completely shot.
The St. Paddy’s 5K is a good time because Continue reading