Looking Ahead to 2018

Let’s start by acknowledging that this post is closing in on four days late. Punctuality will obviously not be on this year’s list of goals. The past few years I have set some goals for the new year. 16 goals for ’16, 17 goals for ’17. This year, I didn’t want to stretch it out into 18 goals. Instead, I have signed up for two goal races, and put together a plan for those races. In fact, one of these races will be a new approach for me, which is always fun!

The first race I have signed up for is a 10K on February 25. I am confident that I have the mileage to run a 10K no problem. My goal for this race will be to PR it. My current PR for a 10k is 48:42, which I earned in December when I ran a double race (10k + 5k). I had not formally trained for the race, and ran a 5k afterward in 23:06, which is a 7:27 pace. This tells me that I had a lot more in the tank, and can push harder. I am 7 weeks away from this race, so realistically, I can only get so much faster. My goal will be to complete the race around a 7:15 pace, finishing 10k in 45 minutes. Training to run this shorter distance at a faster speed is a new approach for me, so I am looking forward to it!

The second race I signed up for is the Capitola half marathon on May 20. I ran the marathon for this course in 2016 (my first and only marathon to date). My goal here will be to beat my half marathon PR from 2016, which was 1:42. I would love to break 1:40, which requires a 7:37 or faster pace. I will build my base for the half marathon during my 10k training, while doing a lot of speed work during my 10k training. Once I get into my half marathon training, I should have a good enough base to add in enough tempo and speed work to bring that time down.

I will continue to lift while I train for both of these races, as I am a firm believer that lifting helps your speed. I also want to prevent injury, which is another big reason I lift. As I train for these two races, my fat loss focus will decrease as my performance focus increases. With that said, I will continue to eat in a way that provides quality nutrition for my 6 month old, allows optimal performance, and does not cause fat gain. This will mean quality carbs and protein after workouts, lots of fiber and vitamins (especially through produce sources) throughout the day, and quality carbohydrates to fuel my running and workouts.

My word for 2018 is COMMIT. Whatever endeavors I take on this year, I want to commit to them. When I have a training plan, I will commit to it. When I am working, I will commit to it. When I am studying, I will commit to it. When I am with family, I will commit to being present with them. It’s a simple concept, but it can be tricky to execute, especially with how connected we are. My 2018 goal is to COMMIT, and I am looking forward to seeing that come to fruition in the above races.

What do you have in mind for 2018?

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