3M. Two years later. Eight minutes faster. And always a lesson in the music if you stop thinking and listen.
- You can’t get where you want to go without putting in the work.
- If you want it badly enough, you have to stick to the work.
- Just keep running. One foot in front of the other.
- People are so valuable. To push you. To pull you back. To make you give it your all.
- When your legs give out, you gotta run with your heart. And enjoy the moment.
While I knew by mile 10 my sub-2 goal was slowly disappearing, I still pushed myself to keep moving, keep looking ahead, keep seeing the good. And right at mile 12 when I was really just done, my friend caught up to me and pushed me to a fast final mile to the end. Without her, I would not have PR’d. I would have kept it easy. I would not have found out how much I really can push this body when it’s spent. Four minutes from my goal is still two minutes closer than I was in August.
Kicked off the 2015 speed year with a PR. Now, let’s get to work on the next one!
Last year at this time I had my whole race calendar lined out, training organized, ready to go. I was determined to run all the fun races in Chicago that I could in the short time I was there.
Being back in Texas, temperature dictates most of our racing schedule. I pretty much avoid any of the crazy races that happen between May and September. No thank you. That leaves right now and fall for any race plans. I already feel rushed with a half marathon this month after finishing a marathon in October. It’s time for a break, a little change of pace.
This year is about getting stronger. Building muscle, maintaining endurance. And adding speed. How fast can I really get if I work at it? My racing history has been focused on just finishing. Can I finish that first half, that first scary marathon? After I conquered all that, it was about doing them even better. I had to do them as well as I thought I could from the beginning. And I did that and then some. This year is the year of personal bests, beating myself, setting new records, aiming high, and working hard. It’s time to see how fast I can go.
So while I don’t have a race calendar set out yet, I do have a rough plan for the year, and it looks a little like this:
- January 25 – 3M Half Marathon // GOAL – 1:59:59 (current 2:05:58)
- April 12 – Statesman Capitol 10,000 // GOAL – 55:00 (current 1:00:10)
- March or April – Another 10K, for fun. Maybe a trail race?
- September – A 5K depending on weather. This one looks fun.
- October 11 – Give a shot at the Chicago Marathon lottery. Just in case.
- October – 5K or 10K for fun and to keep up speed // GOAL – beat April PR
- November 1 – Run for the Water 10 miler // GOAL – 1:30:00 (current 1:35:29)
- November 26 – Race a family member at a Turkey Trot.
- December – Thinking a holiday 5K, definitely with a crazy outfit. Because Christmas.
The biggest goal? To HAVE FUN! I really want to branch out and do fun races. Different scenery, different terrain, maybe a relay, run with friends. No more running and training alone. Not this year. This year is the year to be intentional with running and build it into my community.
Who’s up for a race?
This last month of running goals is all about paying forward the joy of running. And after this year of big PRs, amazing races, numerous cities, and pure running fun, I think there is no better way to end the year than by sharing the run love.
1. Go in groups.Whether you join a run club, start your own running group with friends, or have a virtual network across the country, running in groups is always more fun than running solo. There are serious training groups, fun and laid-back, yet organized groups, and spur of the moment, thrown together groups in most cities. You just have to find them. (If you’re in Austin, check out bRUNch Running!)
2. Volunteer. Want to join a group but don’t know anyone? Signing up to volunteer at a group run or race is a great way to meet new people. Running organizations such as Girls on the Run are also always open to people who want to help out and give back to the community.
3. Pay it forward. Whether by volunteering with an organization, giving advice to a newbie runner friend, or mentoring a running partner, paying forward the expertise and training you were given is one of the greatest highs. And by far the best way to share the run love.
A Year of Running Goals: