Every year I set goals for myself and my running. For 2015 here was a list of my goals. Let’s see how I have done.
1. Complete at least one local race to support the local community
This is a good start. I completed the Save the Light Half Marathon on Folly Beach on February 7th, and had my 2nd best half marathon time ever at a 1:48.
2. Complete four half marathons toward my 50 By 50 Challenge
I have not yet started on this one, but am training hard for it, and will attempt my first back to back half marathons next month. Here are the planned races for this year.
Indiana (May 2, 2015) – One America Indy 500 Half Marathon
Ohio (May 3, 2015) – Cincinnati Flying Pig Half Marathon
Maryland (October 17, 2015) – Baltimore Half Marathon
Pennsylvania (October 18, 2015) – Hershey Half Marathon
3. Run for 900 miles
With my additional day of training this year, going from 3 to 4 days of running, I think I am going to obliterate this goal as long as I remain safe an healthy. According to my training plan for the year, I am on pace to be over 1100 miles for 2015, which would be a yearly record for me. As of April 1st, I am at 269.63 miles for the year (January – 104.60, February – 78.51, March – 82.46).
4. Stretch and foam roll regularly
I am proud to say that I have done this enough this year to now force my brain that I have to do this after every run. This has really helped. Just by doing about 4 different stretches for 5 minutes after my runs, it has helped reduce a lot of aches and pains I had been dealing with in late 2014 and early 2015.
5. Run with someone slower than you to help them achieve their running goals
Still trying to motivate others to come out and run….
6. Reduce my weight to 185
As of this post, I am now at 191.7. At the beginning of the year, I was 205.6, so I have now lost almost 14 pounds in 3+ months. I would love to be 185 before my back to back halfs next month, but we will just have to see. It has got to the difficult phase of losing now, so I have to come up with new ideas. Trust me I had the stomach bug this last weekend, and that is not a recommended option!
Good luck everyone and happy running!