For a minute, I actually debated if I should even put out goals for 2018. However, I like putting goals out there so I have something to compare myself to at the end of the year and something that I am working towards throughout the entire year. However, I didn’t want to put out too many goals and really stretch myself. Going into 2018, I’ve said it’s about quality, not quantity. I put out 7 goals in 2017 and I am bringing that goal down this year. I am also not just focusing on running itself, but my blogging and continuing my quest to cross train as well.
One thing I am always focusing, but I don’t make it a goal per say, it just to remain healthy. With all of my races and training, I’ve always got the aches and pains, but I hope this can be a year of no injuries. As much as I love my hot doc, I really don’t want to see him. That’s why again, I will be focusing on cross training more so I am actively resting and giving my body a break from the intensity of running. For the past few months, I’ve also only be running 4 days a week versus 5 and I am enjoying that. Sometimes I’ve taken that 5th run day as another rest day, but other times I have added into other activities. No need to pound the pavement for 5 days when I get better miles in in just 4. Quality over quantity.
The other fun thing that is completely new in 2018 is that I am using a coach! Back around September, I won a 16 week training cycle from Abby over at Back to Square Zero. I didn’t know what I would use it for at the time, but after chatting, I decided to use it for Pittsburgh. I am not running Pittsburgh to PR, but rather run a strong race and maybe at least try for a course PR. She has my program set up and I am anxious to start in a few weeks. I’ve just always adapted a Hal Higdon plan, so to be given something that I have to follow will be new. It’s planned for me and I’m looking forward to the results it’ll bring!
Now onto the good stuff! My 2018 goals! As I mentioned, I am picking only 4 and hoping to write that I hit them 100% in my 2018 recap.
- Run 1,400 miles – This was actually a goal of mine in 2017. When I realized how derailed 2017 was going, I scaled that back to 1,000 miles and barely hit that on the last day of the year. So, let’s just bring back the original goal. Hopefully with a solid Pittsburgh plan, I’ll be able to front load some miles. This will certainly be a lofty goal, but I am going to do my best to hit it.
- Run 16 New States – This is specific to my half marathon 50 state journey. Originally I had planned to finish in 2020, but I am getting a little antsy and pulling that goal in by a year! I have mapped it all out and that means doing 16 states this year! There isn’t much wiggle room, so hopefully no cancelled or missed races. The logistics are insane and I seem to almost work on this weekly. In order here are my states for 2018: MS, NV, AZ, DE, NH, MA, CO, ID, SD, ND, WY, MT, NM, HI, OK and UT. That will leave Arkansas and Tennessee for 2019!
- Faster Race Recap & More Monthly Posts – For the past few months I have felt that my blog posts have been my weekly training recaps & race recaps. Sure, those are great, but this year I want to get certain type of posts up at least monthly. For example, I want to do at least one Five Things Friday post a month as well as one Travel Tuesday post a month and one Pittsburgh Adventures post a month. When I started this blog, I had aimed for it to be a lot about my travels and I’ve never really done that. This year that changes. I also vow to put out race recaps within 2 weeks of my race.
- Practice Yoga 1x a Week – I miss yoga. Years ago when I was training for the Philadelphia Half (just my 2nd half marathon), I was religious practicing yoga. I would go 4-5 times a week. It helped that I could walk to a session over lunch, but I loved it and felt that it aided me so much in that race. I want to bring this back not only for the relaxation side of yoga, but because I know I need to work on flexibility and strength which yoga can help with. I will start 1x a week, even if it’s one I do from my apartment and if I can bring in more, I will.
So, that’s it. These are my 4 goals that I will work on throughout the year and report back on at the end of 2018. I truly think all of these goals are obtainable and the biggest reach goal is the 1,400 miles. It would be the most ever and a huge jump from 2017. Either way, I am going for it. It’s better to fail while trying than to not try at all.
What is one of your goals for 2018?