Happy Wednesday! As the year is winding down, I thought this would be a good time to discuss my 2018 goals. Overall 2017 was a decent year of running. I had back-to-back training cycles – Brooklyn Half Marathon and Chicago Marathon – which equaled 32 total weeks of training this year (yikes)! Because of this, I definitely hit runner burnout, but I’m happy to say that it didn’t last too long. While things didn’t go exactly as planned this year, I’m still thankful that I was able to run a few races, meet new people and get through the year primarily injury free. I’m excited to see what 2018 will bring!
…but first, let’s review the 2017 goals!
Add 2 more states to my 25 State Challenge
Unfortunately this didn’t happen – I didn’t run a race in any new states this year. However, I did do a training run in Minnesota when I was there for a conference and I did run in a new country (Rock ‘n’ Roll Montreal), so maybe that counts for something?
Eat More Plant Based Meals
My eating habits always go up and down. I’ll be really good for a few weeks and then not so good for a few weeks, lol. I did focus a lot on adding some sort of vegetable to every meal, but I still ate meat a little more than I would have liked. This will continue to be a work in progress for me, but I’m going to implement “vegetarian weeks” next year, and I’ll have an accountability partner doing this with me, so I hope that will help!
Run Another Marathon
Although I didn’t get the result I wanted, I did complete my second marathon in October – a finish is a finish!
Set A PR
I had high hopes that this would happen for my marathon, but it wasn’t meant to be. I’ll be rolling over this goal to 2018.
Yoga Once A Week
I definitely embraced yoga more during my training cycles but I’ve really been lagging with it lately. I have just accepted the fact that I don’t love yoga and that’s okay – I have to stop forcing it. That’s not to say that I won’t do it again, but I don’t want to commit to doing it X number of times per week.
…and now onto my 2018 goals!
Set A PR in any distance
I have not set a PR in years. I can blame it on injuries, not training as hard as I should, or a few extra pounds, but really there is no excuse. While I would be happy with a PR in any distance, I would really love a PR in the marathon. I’m hoping (fingers crossed) to get that PR at The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon on March 18th. Yup, I’ve picked my Spring marathon (although technically Spring doesn’t start until March 20th, but close enough)!
When I was doing my research, this marathon hit all the criteria:
– Not too far from home
– Decent priced hotel and airfare
– Recommended by running friends
– Flat course
Although the weather has been a little cray-cray for this race the past few years, I have faith that it won’t be as hot as Chicago. I’ll also have a shorter training cycle (12 weeks) so I hope that will help me avoid runner burnout. Oh, and since a few people have asked, I narrowed this race down from 3 choices – Shamrock Marathon, Rock ‘n’ Roll New Orleans and the Cleveland Marathon. Flights to New Orleans were VERY expensive and I heard that the second half of the marathon was boring, so I ruled it out. For Cleveland, I’m signed up for the half marathon and want to keep it that way since I really want to enjoy my time there and run with no pressure.
Add 4 more states to my 25 State Challenge
Since I didn’t hit my goal of adding 2 states last year, let’s aim for adding 4 states this year – makes sense right?! If all goes well, I will be running races in Connecticut, New York, Virginia, Ohio, Delaware and South Carolina in 2018 – 4 of those would be new states. I love that I can use running as a way to explore new cities and hope to do that more next year!
At least 3 non-running workouts per week
I’ve made it pretty clear that I’m a fan of incorporating other workouts besides running. Yes, running is definitely necessary, especially during training, but I need variety in my workouts. Whether it’s kickboxing, spinning, boot camp or body works, I like to take different strength/cross training classes. I do this to make sure I’m working all my body parts, not just my legs! This will also help me to keep a great balance even when I’m not training for a race next year.
Volunteer at a race
I didn’t volunteer for a race this year or last year and I really missed it. I would love to do this again in 2018. We run so many races, so it’s only fair that we volunteer at them as well! We all know that the volunteers are often the backbone of a race, especially large races. I have vivid memories of volunteers that have helped me through a tough spot in race with their words on encouragement and I would like to be that person for someone else. I’m not sure which race I will volunteer for, but at least I have months to decide!
Freeze my eggs
I’m sneaking in one last goal and it’s totally unrelated to running! I’ll be 35 in April. I’m currently single (with no prospects) so it’s definitely time for me to start thinking about freezing my eggs while I still have some. I definitely want to have kids but I just need to find the right person. By freezing my eggs, this will take a little pressure off of me to find “the one”.
Do you set yearly goals? If so, what are your goals for 2018?