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