Hi there! Currently, I’m not running for a few days as I heal from my surgery, so no weekly workout recap this week. Just as the anticipation of the surgery fueled my marathon training for the California International Marathon earlier this month, the recovery period and diagnosis are lighting a fire as I look ahead to 2018. Today I want to share my 2018 running goals – and help you achieve yours with a run coaching giveaway!
I originally said that I was not going to run a marathon in 2018 and focus on shorter distances. I don’t plan on running CIM in 2018 since it’s close to when Boston training would start (and I don’t think my body can handle back-to-back marathon training cycles). But, there’s something about the marathon that is irresistible to me.
What I do in the fall regarding a marathon depends on how my spring goals go, although I do know that I would take a break from CIM and run a local marathon in October to leave open the option of both Boston and some local December races.
I have one big running goal for 2018 right now. I may add on my goals, depending on how the year goes, but I really have one goal I want to work toward achieving – and hopefully achieve – in 2018:
Running a Sub-1:35 Half Marathon
My current PR is a 1:38, but I had some really strong tempo runs during marathon training that lead me to believe a big PR is possible. I am not saying I want to knock 4 minutes off in one go or that I am saying this time has to happen at any given race, but it’s my primary focus for my own running in 2018.
To achieve that, I have smaller goals to focus on, including: upping my average weekly mileage to 40 miles per week (from an average for about 33 miles per week), increasing my long run distance during half marathon training, and focusing on more strength and mobility work.
Beyond my own running goals, I have a similar goal for 2018 as I did for 2017: help other runners achieve their goals. This past year, I coached dozens of runners on their way to PRs, BQs, and comeback races.
I am giving away one free month of Basic One-on-One Coaching (valued at $95/month). This month includes an initial consultation call and a check-in call, a 4-week individualized running plan, weekly feedback, nutritional guidance, strength training guidance, and unlimited email communication.
Entry Rules: To enter, follow the options laid out in Rafflecopter. Open to US & Canada residents over age 18. This giveaway is open through December 31, 2017. The winner will be notified via email on January 2, 2018.
What are your running goals for 2018?