MY GOALS FOR 2014
An injury free season (I think this is something we all want)
Run the Pittsburgh Marathon in a certain time.(this is the only time I will not share, I always set my goals high for myself and the time I would like to get is going to be very hard. Not impossible but I want to keep the time to myself. Put it this way it would qualify me for Boston with no problem.)
Run a sub five minute again (I run two 1 mile races a year and I would like to get back under that time. It has been since high school 17 years ago that I was able to do this.)
Run at least 2 marathons Place in my age group for at least 50 percent of the 5K races I run Help other runners accomplish their goals( I am always open to peoples questions and will try to do anything I can to help a fellow runner out)
My main concern right now is the Pittsburgh Marathon in May. So all my training is being directed toward that. I would say I am ahead of my normal schedule since I ran New York in November and didn’t back off too much after the race. I try to run at least four days during the week. Most runs are 5 or 6 miles with a 7 thrown in on occasion. One of the five mile runs is used for speed. The fifth day is used for cross training at the gym. Usually riding the bike or doing some core workout. Last year I never crossed trained and I believe that is what hurt me a lot. Since starting the cross training I can already see my time dropping and the long runs are becoming easier. My long run is done on either Saturday or Sunday. Whatever day I run I use the other day as a resting day. My long run right now is 10 miles and I will hover around 10-12 miles for the month of January then bump up to 15 for February and March will end with a 22 mile run before I taper off. I honestly believe with the training I am doing now my 5K times will drop drastically and my 1 mile time will also drop. When those races come up I will throw in a extra speed workout.
One good thing about where I live is no matter where I run it is all hills. Today when I did my long run it was filled with hills, some real long and steep and some short and easy. I will not shy away from running the hills because I think this is going to give me and edge on other runners that don’t train on them as much. Hopefully this training will help me accomplish all my goals. I always said I don’t go into a race thinking I am the best but I do believe that if you want to beat me you are going to have to work your ass off to do it. I am always up for a challenge and will put myself to hell and beyond to accomplish my goals.
What are your goals for 2014 and how will you try to accomplish them? Also if you have any tips for me on my goals let’s hear them!!!