My Running Goals for 2018
As promised last week, I will be sharing my running goals for the year of 2018. I have to admit that I am terrified a bit to write this piece. Putting goals into writing and sharing them makes them very real. It means if I fail at them, it is very easy for people to point that out and notice it. Writing these goals down makes these goals feel more real and I think holds me accountable for things I want to accomplish this year.
There are going to be two types of goals I have. There are those that are outcome oriented and those that are process oriented. Let’s start with an explanation of outcome oriented. One of the beauties of running is that when you run a race, you get a time for that race. And you can say whatever you want about your performance that day (I was sick, it was a hard course, I trained really hard, etc.) but ultimately your performance can be defined by that single number. I ran a 17:02 5K on New Year’s Eve and there is no way for me to escape that. 17:02 is true. My outcome oriented goals will have a number attached to them, which will make them very easy for me to measure. So here are my outcome oriented goals:
- Set personal bests in the 5K, 10K, ten mile, and half marathon — this is pretty self explanatory, the 10K and ten mile will be easy since I have not run those yet but the 5K and half marathon both feel ambitious but attainable
- Do “supplemental” exercises twice a week — by supplemental I mean doing core, hitting the weights, body weight exercises, and things of that nature twice a week. These help with running and also keeping me injury free. Need to stop being lazy and skipping these.
- Increase the mileage of my long run — I’ve been slacking on my long runs the past few months, usually getting somewhere from 8 to 11 miles in one run on Sundays. It is time to step my game up, as the long run is a really important part of my training, especially as I aim for longer races.
Next let’s talk about process oriented goals. These goals focus more on the process and are not associated with numbers. They are more vague and harder to measure than outcome oriented goals, but I would say they are just as important if not more important than outcome oriented goals. My process oriented goals will be focused on how my emotions are centered around running.
- Continue to run from a place of happiness — For the past six months, my running has stemmed from a place of happiness. Meaning that I have enjoyed my running and seen it as more of an opportunity, then something that just needs to be done. I am blessed that this is true and it is something that I want to keep in mind as I move forward into 2018. There will be bad days, but remember running is a blessing.
- Be honest about your running but also be kind about your running — I’ve written before that part of what draws me to running is honesty. Pushing myself in races had led to a point where I have to decide whether to keep pushing or give in. I have chosen both options at different times. Choosing to give in is a tough pill to swallow because it tells me that I am not the person I want to be yet. I have quit on myself many times in running. So with this in mind, I will continue to value that honesty but also be kind to myself when running does not go how I want it to go.
My last goal for my running in 2018 is to continue to create running content that I would want to see. I will hopefully be able to find a way to get my running content out to more people who can enjoy it. I’m thinking of starting a vlog (I know how lame) but we will see. I know that writing this has been special to me and I want to continue to share my running with other people. Running is such a blessing in my life and I feel that sharing my experience can hopefully give people a glimpse into what I enjoy about this world. I will probably never be able to create something that explains what running means to me but I will continue to try.
Thanks for reading and I love you.