I started running seriously again in September of 2012.
When I first started, I didn’t really have any goals. I just wanted to get back into the habit of running 3 miles a day.
One things for sure, I love the trails!
The half-marathon hurt, bad. But that’s because I didn’t properly train for it. Then, I hurt myself during the Turkey Trot. I suffered a soleus strain that plagued me for a few weeks.
The lesson I learned here was that apparently, shoes matter. I’ve been running in some pretty useless neutral shoes that though confortable, were affecting my form. I’ve since purchased some stability trail shoes and man, they make a difference…BIG TIME! No pain, and they feel great on my feet and I feel good when I run.
My Running Goals for 2013:
- I want to run and finish an ultramarathon. I don’t care where I place, I just want to finish this one. I have my eyes set on the Leona Divide 50k on Saturday, April 27th.
- I want to race and finish first in a trail race. Whether it’s a 6k, a 10k or a 21k. I finished 12th in the 10k I ran (2nd in my age group). With some speed work built into my training, I know I can get there.
- I want to race and finish in the top 20-30 at the inaugural Mammoth Half-Marathon in June. To be honest, I’m not sure how I’ll manage on this one because of the elevation. That, and there’s people much, much faster than me on the pavement.
So far, I can run 4-6 miles a day, no problem. But to reach my goals, I need to step it up with my training. As in run 6-8 miles a day with long runs on weekends (both Saturday and Sunday), add some speedwork (fartleks/intervals) to my runs, and lots of hill-repeats and strength training (to strengthen my core). I’ll take rest days of course (1 or 2 days with optional cross-training at the pool). And with the 50k a short 3.5 months away, there’s no time for taking it easy.
In other words, looks like good times ahead!
Truth is, I have no idea if I’ll hit any of these goals this year. But tell you what, it won’t be for a lack of trying. All I know is, running has been making me a healthier and more responsible person and that’s a habit I’d like to continue. So on that note, cheers, happy running and happy new year!
Over To You…
What are your running goals for 2013? Anything you’re really excited about that you want to accomplish?
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