A new year means new running goals!
Every time I sit down to plan out 2018 running goals and my race schedule I can’t help but have T. Swifts’ Ready For It play in my head. I am setting goals for 2018 that are going to be hard and are going to push me outside of my comfort zone… but I am ready for it.
Ever since I ran my first marathon back in October, I have been asked when my next marathon will be. Trust me, it is coming, but not this year. I absolutely loved training for a marathon, and running it, even though that was one of the hardest things I have ever done. I 100% want to run another run, but training for and running a marathon is a huge time commitment and one that I am just not quite ready for again.
I also want to focus on shorter distances and speed. I want to make 2018 the year of the half marathon. I want to focus on the half marathon distance this year and let that roll over to a faster marathon when I have my next go at it (I am thinking a spring or fall marathon in 2019). I am setting a big time goal for the half marathon and am letting myself focus on that. 2018 will be the year of the half marathon and the 10 mile distance.
My 2018 Running Goals
- 1:45 half marathon
- PR in the 10 mile
Getting my time down to a 1:45 in the half marathon would mean a 4 minute PR. To me, that is A LOT of time to take off in my half marathon time, but I am ready to put in the training to get it down to a 1:45. If I put in the work, I can do it. It is going to take a lot of work, but I am ready for it. I want to try to get a 1:47ish half marathon in my spring half marathon, then go for the 1:45 half marathon at the Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon in the fall. The course has a lot of crowd support, which I think will be huge in helping me get that 1:45 time (along with a whole lot of training, recovery, sleep, nutrition, and strength training).
I absolutely love the 10 mile distance. While I think the half marathon will always be my favorite distance, the 10 mile distance is not far behind. It might be because I love the CRIM 10 miler and it might be because mile 10 is when the half marathon usually really starts to hurt for me, so once I hit that pain spot in the 10 mile distance, I am already across the finish line! I haven’t narrowed down what I want my time in the 10 mile race distance to be, but I definitely want a PR, which I know I am capable of. Both 10 miles that I raced last year were during marathon training, so my body was tired with training for the marathon when I raced both of those 10 milers, so I know that with not training for a marathon this year, I will be completely capable of a PR in the 10 miler, I just am not sure where I want my time to be at right now.
2018 Race Schedule
… so far! I have narrowed down the races so far that I am registered for and ready to race. Many of these are races I did last year (or same race, but different distance) so I am excited to return to some of my favorites and try out some new races!
Ann Arbor Half Marathon | May 20, 2018
Paul Revere 10 Miler | July 4, 2018
CRIM Festival of Races 10 Miler | August 25, 2018
Detroit Free Press International Half Marathon | October 21, 2018
I am really excited to challenge myself to some big, scary goals this year. Beyond specific time goals in the half marathon and 10 miler, I also want to hone in on a nutrition strategy and strength training plan. As you can see around the blog, I eat what a lot of people call a “healthy” diet, focused around whole foods. I want to dive into more research about specific foods I can eat that will help me performance wise, focusing on pre-run and post-run. While I do a good job about eating my vegetables, and getting in lean protein and healthy fats, I know that I can do better about what I eat right before a run, specifically a workout, and what I recover with after a workout. Towards the end of 2017, after my marathon, I got a bit lazy with my nutrition, especially since during marathon training I was eating A LOT. I know how important nutrition is and I feel like if I can make some research-backed changes, it will help me performance wise.
Regarding strength training, I just want to find a strength training regimen that I get excited about. I used to love strength training, but the more I devoted myself towards running, the less excited I got about strength training, even though I know just how important it is to stay injury free and improve my running. Now when I get back from runs, I put off doing just 10 minutes of strength training for as long as possible. I scroll through Instagram, I lay on the floor, I do anything but strength train. I want to find a plan that improves my running and is something I enjoy doing. My thought is that I get easily distracted away from strength training when I am in my apartment, but now that I live in a new apartment with access to a fitness center, I might be better focused on getting in, doing my strength training, and getting out, without distractions. When I had a fitness center when I went to Michigan State I was really good about strength training, so this might just be what I need.
Overall, I am really excited for what this year holds for me. 2017 was a great year running-wise, but I think 2018 will be even better. Let’s do this!
- What are your 2018 running goals?
- What races are on your racing schedule?