My 2014 Running Goals – Is Fat Guy Is Going To Be A Runner?

by Khaleef "Fat Guy" Crumbley on January 7, 2014

in Exercise, Goals

I plan to do a lot of running in 2014! I have 2 specific goals associated with my running during the year. I think they make great goals because they both won’t be easy or come natural, but neither one is impossible or will deter from my main fitness goals.

My Running Goals For 2014:

Instead of trying to get my 5k or 10k time down to a certain level by December 31st, my running goals are centered around two accomplishments:

Fat Homer Running

Run 500 Miles During 2014

Yes, you read that correctly. I want to accumulate at least 500 miles running by the end of the year! No, I don’t plan to run a marathon to get this done. I know that this will work out to about 10 miles a week…a challenge, but doable. During the cold months, I plan to do most of my running on the treadmill. However, as soon as the temperature goes above 40 degrees, I’ll be running outdoors as in previous years.

I am sure that during the first few months I will average less than 10 miles a week, as I get back into running and I try to get used to the treadmill. However, once the warmer weather comes around, I expect to get in more than 10 miles each week, so I really do hope to meet this goal (I will be tracking by using my Runtastic app and a spreadsheet).

I plan to update this on the site periodically, telling you know how many miles I have run so far, as well as what my weekly average needs to be in order to hit my goal.

Run A Race

I have never been able to understand the draw of running a race. What I mean is that I have never met someone who runs in a race in order to win. They run simply for the experience or the “joy of running”. I’ve asked a number of people to explain to me why you would pay money to run the same distance that you can run around your neighborhood or on a trail. Most of the answers are just a version of “once you do it, then you’ll understand”.

Well, that’s never been good enough for me…until now. I want to see what all the fuss is. Also, one runner (who runs marathons) did tell me that the energy and excitement that comes from running with a large number of people usually provides her with enough of an adrenaline rush to shave a couple of minutes off of her normal run time (for a 5 or 10k).

Although, I am not someone who loves to run, it is a very important part of my fitness “journey”. I have always hated running and it was something that I was never good at, even when I played sports. The fact that I went from a lazy, fat, out of shape guy to one who could run 7 miles straight without dying is a huge accomplishment for me.

So running will always have a place in my heart as something that shows what my body is capable of with hard work! That is why I plan to run in either a 5k or 10k by the end of the year!

Any Speed Goals?

Last year I wanted to be able to run both a 5k and 10k with certain times. This year, I’m not really focusing on that. As I said above, running means a lot to me because of what it represents, and also, I want it to be my main source of cardio throughout the year.

I would love for my times to increase and I have no doubt that running 500 miles will allow me to see great improvement, but the time goal won’t be a big motivation for me this year.

I will definitely keep you updated about any prospective races, and I will be making a big deal about it once it comes close. ;-)

What About You?

  1. Any of you out there have goals tied to running?
  2. Have any of you ever run in an official race? If so, what was that experience like, and would you recommend it to another?
  3. Anything specific you would like to know about my running goals or how I plan to reach them?

 

 

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{ 8 comments }

Travis @debtchronicles January 7, 2014 at 6:56 am

Seeing people take up running always makes me giddy with excitement, Khaleef. I love to watch them grow and improve as a runner – once it gets in your blood, you’re addicted for life. :) The thing about races is, it’s not a race against the other people – it’s a race against yourself. Especially as you run more races of the same distance – it’s about bettering yourself, AND about seeing just what you can accomplish. People in a running event aren’t running against each other, they are running with each other. You’ll understand when you do it. LOL.

There is something about race day that helps you run just a little faster than you would during your normal training runs….it’s commonly called, “race day magic.”

Good luck, my friend, looking forward to following your progress!
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Brooke January 7, 2014 at 8:12 am

“Race day magic” perfectly put! Nothing beats the feeling of competing with yourself while being fueled from the energy of others :)

Khaleef "Fat Guy" Crumbley January 9, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Well, I will be hoping for that magic. I’m still sad that we couldn’t do that pump and run. Maybe we’ll have a chance to do something else together this year. ;-)

Khaleef "Fat Guy" Crumbley January 9, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Hahaha…glad I could make you “giddy”, Travis. When I hurt my shoulders, all I could do for exercise is run. That’s when I would for 4 or 5 miles a day and got up to 7. So I never understood entering a race, just to run those same distances. I was competing with myself when I ran around my neighborhood. So I’m hoping that there is really something to this magic that I will enjoy lol.

angela January 7, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Khaleef,I love your goals.
My husband has always never understood why I have goals of running a race. His outlook is ‘Why pay for a race that you can do for free?” I have been running races for two year now. It how Travis put it “race day magic! “It is the most amazing feeling to be in a group of people you don’t know but feel a deep connection because your running together. this comes from someone that doesn’t like crowds. lol
This is what it is like for me:On my runs by myself there is the target of hitting a goal I have set for myself that day.Where running in a running group there is that feeling of connection of staying together as a group to reach a goal. Where the race is where you start off feeling the nerves and doubtful of your abilities and when the race starts all that energy turns into a journey of possibilities and ends in a celebration of being blown away with what you have completed. Looking around at the finish line you see it in other runners eyes of pure happiness.
Just my two cents. Looking forward to hearing about your races and the miles you put in. Take care
Angela

Khaleef "Fat Guy" Crumbley January 9, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Thanks, Angela! I’m with your husband on this one. I’m just going to stop over-thinking it and just get out there and experience it. So I’ll definitely be looking for all of this energy for when I run my race. It would be great to do it with someone that I know, but I may not have that opportunity.

Melissa January 15, 2014 at 2:52 pm

My running goal for the year is to complete a 5K race without walking. I can only run about 1.5 minutes at a time right now. And most people can walk faster than I can run. I ran my first real 5K on New Years Day. It was great. The energy of the crowd is awesome. I highly recommend doing a race.

And remember that running on a treadmill is totally different than running in the real world.
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Khaleef "Fat Guy" Crumbley February 5, 2014 at 4:34 pm

Going from running 1.5 minutes at a time to running for an entire 5k will be an awesome achievement! I can’t wait to see it happen for you. The treadmill is torture to me…I can’t wait to get outdoors!

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