I think of goals as works in progress with every one being measurable so I know if I'm making progress and when each has been achieved or not. Hopefully I'll be able to cross everything off my list by the end of the year, but if not, there's always 2014 - or the year after that!
Here's what's made my 2013 list, from easiest to hardest:
Log more miles in 2013 - Since I plan on increasing my weekly mileage to 60-70 during peak fall marathon training, I don't think this should be an issue. To help avoid injury while running higher mileage, I'll follow the two-easy-runs-for-every-hard-run rule.
I'll hit the roads in my new pair of Defyance 6
While wearing cute running outfits from Oiselle!
Run with a friend or group 4x per month - This may not seem like a lot, but for someone who tends to run alone, it is! Running with faster people will help make me faster; running with those at my pace will help make the miles go by faster; running with those who are slower will help me run at an appropriate recovery pace.
Strength train 2x per week - As I start running more miles, strength training often takes a backseat. It's hard to make time for everything, but as I learned last year, not making time for it can lead to injury and having to take time off.
Run a new PR in the 5k, half marathon and marathon distances - I'm always trying to get faster, so it's only natural my goals should include new PRs for my main distances.
Eat well to fuel training - I want to eat the best diet I can this year - one that helps fuel my training and helps me become the best runner I can be. Although I already eat pretty healthy, there are definitely a few areas I can improve (limiting the number of times I eat out, eating fewer sweets, etc.). I can measure results by how I feel throughout training and, of course, the number on my scale and body fat percentage!
Foods like these taste great and help me train better!
Run a Boston Marathon Qualifying Time - This is by far the most lofty goal on my list. But what's the point of a goal if it doesn't make you at least a little nervous? In my attempt to meet this goal at next fall's Lakefront Marathon, I'll have to train harder than ever before - and that's a challenge I look forward to!
This is a year that I'm going to push myself. It's a year for going fast, taking chances, running free and seeing just how much I can achieve. I can't wait to see how it all unfolds :)
Let's hold each other accountable: What are your goals for 2013, running or otherwise? How do you plan on achieving these goals?
I have a good feeling about 2013!