Last week I took snowboarding lessons and fell down over and over again. I fell on my butt, I fell face forward into the snow, and each and every time I hoisted myself up with the determination to do better.
That’s the mentality with which I want to approach my goals in 2017: being okay with falling short and missing some goals.
There were no missed goals in 2016 to spur on my 2017 goals with a desire of redemption. 2016 was a strong year of running for me, for which I am so grateful. Achieving my major goals set me up to push my limits in 2017, both physically and mentally.
I read in my go-to training book, Run Faster from the 5K to Marathon, how the best goals are those you only meet 50% of the time. If you meet each and every goals, maybe you aren’t setting high enough goals and pushing yourself enough. You want to meet goals to build confidence and move to the next level, but you also want to push your limits.
Throughout all of 2017, I want to push my limits in running. Each quarter of the year will look different in terms of the goals themselves, but I am setting goals big enough that I may not achieve them – and to put in the hard work, believe in my ability, and take what the year brings. Some of my bigger running goals will come later in the year (I have my eye on CIM again), but each quarter I want to aim to push myself just a bit harder than I did last year.
Of course, I have goals beyond running. 2017 will be a big year for Ryan and I: we have business goals, outdoor adventure goals, personal goals, and travel goals. But this is a running blog, and I could turn my whole list of 2017 goals into a novel if I were to share them here.
Last year I scratched a majority of my goals partway through the year and set new ones. This year I am setting quarterly goals, which let me adjust my goals as the year progresses and assess my priorities more often. So here’s my goals for the first quarter (January, February, and March) of 2017!
PR in the half marathon (1:35-1:37).
I decided to run the Lake Sammamish Half Marathon again in early March. I’ll be spending about 9 weeks specifically training for this race, so I’m hoping to PR but not by a significant margin (my current time is 1:38). 7:20-7:25/mile was where many of my tempo/half marathon pace runs were landing near the end of marathon training, so I am hoping I can pick up on that fitness and develop it more for the specific demands of the race.
Strength train 2-3x per week.
Consistent strength training through the entire year. Instead, it ebbs and flows: I think I did as many strength training sessions in the month of December as I did in a week during off-season training last summer.
I’d much rather do Pilates than lift weights, even though I firmly believe in the benefits of strength training. While I usually get in at least one session of weight lifting, it’s also the first to go when mileage picks up, life is busy, or I’m doing other activities such as snowboarding or hiking. I know the best benefits come from consistency.
I am counting both lifting weight and Pilates as strength training – but with goal numbers for both. Ideally, I want to lift weights once or twice per week for 20-30 minutes and do a 30-60 minute Pilates workout once per week.
Do hill sprints once per week.
I did hill sprints a few times last winter during training for the 2016 Lake Sammamish Half, but I fell out of the habit and never resumed it. I had no excuse for neglecting these – there’s a couple hills just outside my apartment complex! I want to develop more power in my glutes and better extension of my hips, which hill sprints will do.
Run with my husband twice per week.
Ryan and I started running together in 2016 and we both love running together. Having a built-in running partner makes those cold, dark, early miles so much more enjoyable. I think this goal will be the hardest in the first quarter of the year since right now it is ridiculously dark and cold out until the time Ryan starts work and for now we live in an area with limited routes for running (our complex is right off a busy road with no sidewalks in areas).
Keep a better personal training log.
I’m the child of two engineers, so despite my humanities education, I revel in data analysis. I obviously keep a training log here on the blog, but I want to be more consistent in keeping my own so I can analyze training cycles and individual workouts.
I tinkered around with a few different styles of training logs. I used to keep my long in handwritten journals, but now that I’m training for long distance races and setting bigger goals, I prefer to have all the charts and graphs that virtual logs deliver. I’ve decided to use Strava to track, since it automatically syncs with my Garmin and delivers all my data in charts that make my brain happy.
My ultimate goal with keeping a training log is to learn more about myself as a runner.
And that’s it – for now!
What are your running goals for 2017?
How do you track your training? Do you keep a log?