Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Setting the Bar

These past few months, I've put all my attention into racing shorter distances - specifically 5k and 10k. And it's been great! I love these distances and the training that goes into them.
 

But come the first of June, that all changes and marathon training begins! I can hardly believe it's about time to make the switch. More miles, longer long runs and marathon-specific workouts.
 

Recently, Coach Matt and I discussed goals for my fall marathon. The goal time we decided on scares me but in a good way. I'm a big believer in pushing myself and this one will be a challenge.
 

The number one goal, is getting a BQ time, but the goal time is ... Sub 3:30. Gulp!
 

I still have runs when I can barely crank 9:xx pace without wanting to quit. And now I'm shooting for 26.2 miles, averaging 8 minute pace.
 

But, you know what? I think I can do it come October. I'm running stronger and smarter than ever before. Plus, consistency. I reviewed my Believe I Am training journal over the weekend and I've had a solid 2014 to date. I'm ready to step up my game.


I have no doubt achieving this goal will require a lot of work and discipline this summer. I'll watch the sun rise while logging miles on all the running paths in the area. I'll spend happy hours at the YMCA doing kettle bell classes and doing strength training and core work. I'll foam roll, stretch, ice bath and get enough sleep. I might even cutback on the number of cookies I eat each week! It's a summer of setting myself up to be in the position to execute on the plan come race day.


This summer, you'll find me at the Lakefront

The bar has been set and I'm so excited to see what's possible this summer. It's scary to set a big goal but the potential reward, and journey to achieving it, makes it all worth it.

 

My questions for you:
  • What goal are you currently working toward?
  • Have you ever set a goal that scares you? If so, what was it and what did you do to make it happen?

- ST

8 comments:

  1. That's so exciting! I have no doubt you'll be able to get your goal time with your dedication :).

    While you're transition to marathon training, I'm going to be focusing on the shorter 5ks and 10ks during the summer, complete some halves in the fall with the hope of running a full at the end of February in 2015. 5ks make me crazy nervous, but I know the things that make us most nervous are sometimes what we really need to focus on.

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    1. Thanks Hailey! I'm excited to hear about your 5k and 10k racing - you'll for sure post some wicked fast times this summer :) All that leading up to a fast half and full!

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  2. i agree with hailey. you can do this! my goal is to get back to running distance with little effort. really i just want to complete the runs i'm signed up for and not have an DNS or DNFs in my 2014. slow and steady wins the race or so i'm told... as for scary goals... all the time. goals should be challenging but not unattainable. it's fun to fight towards something hard.

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    1. Thanks Nikki! I saw that you raced over the weekend with a podium finish - nice! Sounds like you're on the right track :)

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  3. You are an amazing runner and it will be exciting to watch you progress to your goal! I am signed up for the Chicago Marathon in October, my first marathon! I am really scared, but I guess it's not a good goal if it doesn't scare you a little. :-) I have been half marathon training but will start marathon training right after the Rock N Sole, in mid June.

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    1. Yay! So excited to hear you'll be doing your first marathon this fall. I hear Chicago is great so you picked a good one :) You can do it!!

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  4. YOU CAN TOTALLY DO IT! How funny that we have kind of swapped distance goals for the year - although I've never done a marathon. You are an awesome runner and incredibly disciplined, I have no doubt you'll be able to BQ!

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    1. Thanks Alicia! I'm feeling good about the goal right now and am excited to start marathon training. Can't wait to hear how your 5k races go this summer/fall - I love that distance :)

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