I did a pretty good job of accomplishing the things I set out to in 2014. My 2015 running goals include a little bit of everything. I’ll be increasing my distance, improving speed and most importantly, having fun.
Run 1,500 miles. I ran 1,446 in 2014 and had a very successful running year. I don’t want to run into an injury or end up over trained so I’m upping it a little bit while still giving myself some flexibility. This is an average of just under 29 miles a week if I ran a steady number over each week of the year, but that won’t be happening. There will be a few rest weeks of less than 15 and some heavy weeks of more than 50 to balance things out.
Run my first 20 miler. Then maybe a few more. A part of my maybe a marathon, I’d like to just go out there and give it a shot to see how I respond to some serious stress. I’ll also have to start figuring out when and what kind of fuel I’ll need to be successful at those longer distances. What better time than now?
Break 1:35.00 in a half marathon. If I’m going to rack up the miles, they’d better be effective. My current PR was set at a pace of 7:20 per mile, even though I ran 13.3 miles of race course to finish in 1:37.24 instead of 1:36.08. To hit this goal I’ll have to average 7:14 miles while nailing 13.1 miles on the head. I’m excited to have a new goal to work towards with Rock n Roll Arizona on the horizon as a starting point and ready to put a training schedule together.
Race in 5 states. I’m moving along with my goal to run a half marathon in all 50 states (plus DC) and as of today have 42 left to cover. I’ll check the first one for 2015 off at Rock n Roll Arizona in two weeks then DC in March and Kansas in May. I’m aiming for Baltimore in October and leaning towards a big fall racecation at the Smuttynose Rockfest Half two weeks before Maryland.
Those are my 2015 running goals and after an easy 3 miler to break the year in yesterday, I’m ready to get down to business!
What are your 2015 running goals?