Happy New Year!!
In setting my running goals for 2014, I thought long and hard about what I want out of running, what kind of runner I want to become, and which weaknesses I want to address. So without further ado, here are my 2014 running goals, in no particular order:
1. Run at least one road race sans Garmin (or with it completely covered). As useful as my Garmin can be during training, I don’t always find it helpful during races. In order for me to be better in tune with my effort, I’d like to run a race without the Garmin. However, because I’m a data addict, I will probably run with the Garmin completely covered (and tones off) so that I can go back after the race to look at my splits. (It’s all about baby steps!)
2. Run a timed mile every month. I got this idea from the Gypsy Runner. I think running a timed mile on a monthly basis will allow me to focus on speed, as well as (hopefully) build my confidence. I never think of myself as a particularly fast runner, but if I can run a sub-8 mile on a regular basis, it might change my thinking. Also, a mile is just long enough to require significant effort, but not long enough to need more than 1 recovery day (unlike a hard 5K).
3. Explore 4 new trail systems or parks. Since trail exploration was one of my highlights of 2013, I thought I’d continue to make that a goal for 2014. There are so many great trails in the Bay Area that I’m really excited to check out.
4. Run long on trails. In the first third of 2014, I would like to do at least half of my long runs on trails to prepare for the hilly Big Sur Marathon course. I also have my sights set on running a trail marathon in October, so I’ll definitely need to do some long trail runs in the summer too. To attach a number to this goal, I’ll aim to do at least 12 long trail runs (12 miles or longer) in 2014.
5. Set a course record at a trail race. Due to the variation in terrain and elevation gain, it’s almost impossible to set a true trail PR. Instead, I thought it might be fun to re-run a race in an attempt to set a course record. The 2 possibilities I have in mind are the Woodminster Classic (mid-June) or the Drag-n-Fly 10K (9/20).
6. Volunteer at a race. I enjoyed my volunteer efforts in 2013, and would like to continue to do so. Free race entries are a nice perk too. 🙂
7. Cross-train once a week. Whether it’s yoga, cycling, or strength training, I will aim to do some sort of non-running fitness activity at least once a week.
8. Run a negative or even split at half marathon distance or longer. Instead of saying that I’m going to run a sub-2 half marathon, which I only have partial control over, I’m going to aim for better pacing skills this year.
9. Spend less time reading running blogs and articles online. Before running blogs, I never used to “surf” the internet. I would get online, find the information that I needed, and get off. Now, it seems like I can spend hours online with very little to show for it. I haven’t figured out how to quantify this goal — whether I should restrict myself a certain amount of time or posts per day, but I will figure this out soon.
So, I’ve got lots of goals to conquer this year, but I’m quite excited to tackle them. What about you — any goals for 2014?