Resolutions. Goals. Plans. Changes. Projects. Reforms. Dreams. Aspirations.
Whatever you call them...
whether you chose to set them for New Year's or not...
whether you actually achieve them or not...
I am a big believer in having them. I think we should all have a list of resolutions, goals, aspirations, and dreams.
I am a firm believer that big things are achieved when people try. It is not very often that someone achieves something awesome on accident. Playing it safe rarely has inspiring results. It's when we aim high, dream big, "shoot for the moon", step out in faith, and put ourselves out there, that amazing things can happen.
Sometimes we achieve what we set out to. Sometimes we don't. (And sometimes we learn more from the goals we don't achieve than the ones we do). Sometimes life changes our plans, our priorities, and our goals. Sometimes we achieve even more than what we set out to...more than we ever dared to dream.
So yup... I believe in New Year's resolutions. I like to set goals and have plans. I have big dreams and aspirations. And even if I don't achieve them all, I will enjoy the journey, learn, grow, and be better for it.
So lets talk about my (running) goals. I've got them. In the past, I would have been afraid of putting them "out there". But here goes. :)
For 2012 -
- stay healthy/injury free by keeping up core, strength, and flexibility training and listening to my body
- get our local running club officially started and help others get in shape and enjoy running
- safely increase my mileage
- race and PR at multiple distances (with my focus still being the marathon)
- do a good job representing Brooks so I can maintain my sponsorship next year
- shoot for a sub 3:00 marathon. This very well may not happen in 2012, but as of right now it's my "shoot for the moon" running goal and what I am ultimately working towards.
And now for Goofy next weekend!!
On Thursday I will be on my way to sunny Florida to run the Goofy Challenge! I remember when I signed up for the Goofy Challenge for my birthday back in March and it seemed SO far away. Now it is just days away!!
I have never raced two days back to back. I have never run 39.3 miles in one weekend. So there is definitely an element of the unknown. But, I have run A LOT lately. I ran 287 miles in December. I have run lots of 70+ mile weeks in the last few months, including back to back long runs. I have kicked butt on my speed work, tempo runs, and pace runs. I have stayed healthy and taken great care of myself. I have tapered just as my plan calls for. I think I am as ready as I can be, and I am going to give it my all.
My goals are -
- Run a sub 1:37 for the half marathon. A sub 1:37 will get me an automatic qualifying entry into the NYC marathon. Josh and I want to run it together this year, and if I can qualify, then he can run for Team MEB and we only have to fundraise for one of us. I ran a 1:38:18 half back in July, and am a lot faster now, so a sub 1:37 shouldn't be too hard. I want to run a competitive race, but not an "all-out" effort since I am going to race again the next day.
- PR in the marathon. I REALLY want a sub 3:20 in the marathon. (A sub 3:23 would also get me a qualified entry into the NYC Marathon). But, since I am racing the day before I just don't know if my sub 3:20 will happen in Disney or not. I have been training at the marathon pace of 7:30, which would give me a finish time of 3:16:30 (not counting pit stops). I had a long run where I did 14 of my 18 miles at that pace and felt strong. So that is what I am aiming for. If it's not my day or I don't have it in me after running the half the day before, then I will just run the best I can and get my sub 3:20 in Boston in April.
I do plan on doing NOTHING in between the half and the full marathon but recover, refuel, and rest like it is my job. I am going to do everything I can to put myself in the best position possible to run well two days in a row. AND, I am going to have a blast no matter what. I am so grateful to have this opportunity and that Josh is giving me the gift of this experience.
Hopefully I will feel like this...