Here is the list of my 2015 running dreams, which I’ve broken up like my A-B-C goals for a race. “A” being if I could wish for the moon; “B” for that’s really fucking awesome; and “C” would be my at-minimum goal.
1. Get a new half marathon PR.
C –New PR, even if it’s by one-one hundredth of a second.
B –New PR in the 1:55-1:57 range.
A –Get my PR under 1:55!
2. Get a new marathon PR.
C – New PR, even if it’s by one-one hundredth of a second. Oh please don’t let this be the one that happens because I really want it to be by more than one-one hundredth of a second!
Real C –New PR in the 4:20ish range.
B – New PR in the 4:15ish range.
A –Fuck it, new sub-4:00 PR!
BTW, if you haven’t noticed, I have a real aversion to using the word “resolution” so I will continue to use my Thesaurus or repeat myself. Anyway, my focus on training is as follows:
C – Get through my training cycles injury-free.
B – Complete each cross-training workout on my schedule.
A – Get 15-18 miles of my long runs done at marathon pace.
So those are the nuts and bolts of my running goals for 2015. However, they seem a little dry and without any sort of overarching purpose left as-is. Yes, purpose. It’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot these days. Perhaps it’s part of this whole mid-life crisis I’ve been struggling with the past couple years, but I feel like the clock is ticking (OK, a bit dramatic since I’m 47 – not 67). The point being that at this stage in my life, I’m drawn to the idea that my interests and skills be used for more than reaching these purely self-satisfactory goals. Achieving is cool, but there has to be more, right?
So how does this apply to running goals. Well, my running has been pretty selfish and solitary the past few years. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as running is my alone-time and when I clear out my brain. Recently, however, I’ve met a few newbie runners, and as someone who’s been running for a while, it’s been fun to be able to share my experience with them. But I’d like to take it a step further, which means getting out of my comfort zone (running alone) and being open to running with people again. When I first started out, I always ran with someone, and I feel strongly that I’d never have gotten past running two miles if it wasn’t for other people keeping me company (this was before iPods!), encouraging and pushing me. Community is a part of running that hasn’t really been a part of my running for a few years, but I’m feeling that I might like it to be again…or at least like I wouldn’t hate it.
I’ve run more than a few races and have probably downed more than 500 cups of water and/or Gatorade. Can you believe that last August was the first time I volunteered at a race?! WTH. So, yeah, that’s on my list.
And lastly this blog. Strangers all over the interwebs have inspired and informed me these past few years, and while perhaps the last thing that anyone needs is One.More.Running.Blog, well, I’ve decided to add my voice to the mix. Maybe there’s some middle-aged Filipina, built like a middleweight Greco-Roman wrestler, who’s thinking “I could never run a marathon!” but then she stumbles upon my blog, right? Either way, maybe there’s something on here that someone, maybe one of my four followers, will find useful. So that’s cool.
So, here are the goals that have nothing to do with the number on my Garmin:
A – Form a running group/community if people are into it.
A – Volunteer at a race.
A – Share my experiences — good, bad, and banal — in the hopes it can be of use to someone.
Bring it, 2015!