It is difficult to make a plan for success without having a definition of what success means to you. Whether I am speaking with a newer runner who is unsure of what direction take with their training, or a more experienced runner who seems to be stuck in a rut, I encourage them to sign up for a race. Having something to plan for and target provides motivation and purpose.
I have my own running goals for this year.
Currently, I am in the midst of a short, 6 week training block in preparation for the Silks and Satins 5k in Saratoga Springs, New York, in late July. The 5k is a distance that I have rarely run over the last few years, as I shifted my focus to longer distances, but is a distance that I enjoy. Earlier this year and back in 2017, I ran an PRs at the 5 mile and 8k distances, respectively, off of relatively minimal training. This success piqued my interest in shooting for a quick time in the 5k this summer.
In July, I hope to at least break my PR of 16:57, with my primary goal being sub-16:45.
Immediately after Silks and Satin, I will completely change the focus of my training and preparing for the Mohawk Hudson River Marathon in Albany, New York. My goal is to qualify for the Boston Marathon by running sub-3:05:00, but I also truly believe that breaking 3 hours is a realistic possibility. So, I will be going all-in on a sub-3 hour attempt. The course is flat and fast, and my half marathon PR of 1:18:43 converts to ~2:45:00, but I have had difficulties with the marathon in the past. These struggles have stemmed from a mental block that I have with the full marathon distance. My PR from 2014, before I swore off the marathon for the rest of grad school, is only a 3:19:07. Things have changed though, and I am ready to chase down my demons on this course this year.
My past history with the marathon will be a blog post for another time.
What are your running goals for this year? Whatever they are, I want to hear about them and help support you as you pursue them. Reach out to me through the contact form on this website, or through my Facebook and Instagram pages. If you are interested in receiving the support of private coaching, while you prepare while you prepare for your races, take a look at the Coaching Services page right here on the website!