What’s on tap for the fall of 2017
This is a scary post to write. I am not usually one to post my goals to the universe before training for or running a race. Most of the time, this comes from a fear that I have undertrained and will not be capable of meeting my goals. As one of my friends pointed out last week in her online chat, writing down your goals makes you 40% more likely to achieve them. So here goes nothing!
Last year, I decided that in 2017 I would not sign up for a marathon. I am a little surprised to say that I have been successful in this pursuit. I swore off marathons so that I can work on speed training and chase my goal of a sub-2 hour half marathon. This spring, I had too much on my plate to focus my attention on a proper training cycle for this goal. However, I believe that I will be able to use my summer as a base training phase in preparation for a fall goal race.
Today marks the start of my 9 week phase to build strength and endurance before shifting focus to speed training for the 8 weeks leading up to my first of two goal races. My first goal race is a 5k where I will attempt to take 2 minutes off my previous PR time of 24:00. I have honestly never trained specifically for a 5k before. My second goal will be to run a sub-2 hour half marathon in October.
I think that this training is really going to push me outside of my comfort zone. As I talked about in my Devil Dog Double Challenge Race Recap, I am not one for running through the pain or pushing myself to the edge of my training limits. In this training cycle, I think I will learn to embrace the suck. I have to admit that I am excited to see what my limit is. Another new thing with this training cycle is having a real coach. Up to this point, I have trained myself. I think this extra layer of accountability will be a really good thing for me.
I have also been struggling for the last couple of months with my nutrition. This is partly because I haven’t been regularly training and partly because I haven’t followed through with my meal prep. I have been caught up in chasing different diet methods trying to find something that would work to help me shed about 10 pounds. I started reading Matt Fitzgerald’s, “ Racing Weight” book this week. I love reading Matt’s books because he is so straight forward with his approach. Even though I didn’t get very far into this book yet, I have developed a plan to eat a balanced diet which will not only fuel my workouts but hopefully with better quality food choices will lead me to an optimal weight over the next 8 weeks. So, in addition to sharing my goals for the fall with you I am also going to be transparent about my weight loss. I will only post two more times about my progress with my weight: in 4 weeks and in 8 weeks to keep myself accountable to my progress.
Finally, my last goal is to post a weekly training update on Mondays. Thanks to RunSteffRun and her motivation to link up on Mondays for training recaps. Here’s to new adventures, big goals and hitting the ground running!
I love to hear what goals you are working on – leave a comment with your current goals.