Only time will tell if they were the correct choices, but I am comfortable with the direction that we are going and the changes that TheWife and I have decided are right for us.
The year is half-way over and it is time to evaluate/re-evaluate my running goals from the start of the year. I have one goal in the mix that I am finding conflicts with the others and in the interests of staying healthy and being able to run for a long time, I need to change it.
1. The most important goal make sure that I am enjoying running and not letting it become too much like work.
I am making decent progress on this goal, I am running more and farther than I have in a long time. I enjoy going out for my runs, even when it was cold and snowy or now when it is 84 degrees in the shade with high humidity. Actually I dislike taking days off, but know that I have to in order to stay healthy.
Run 1,200 miles – I am ahead of schedule having a total of 869.5 miles through 6-months, I am shocked that I have done this well and am to adjusting this one upwards to 1,500 miles for the year.
Run a sub 20:00 5K – I started to train a little more seriously for this goal a couple of weeks ago and found out that running/training faster was causing my body (especially my left knee) to break down to much.
Although I really believe that I could accomplish this goal as I discussed in this post, I also have a feeling that the faster training pace and the track work required for a sub 20:00 minute 5K, would lead to injury and that is something that I really don’t want to have happen.
I am running consistently at slower speeds and that is more important than running fast at this point in my life.
My fastest time this year for a 5K was 23:25 back on April 28th, so I think that a more realistic goal for this year would be to break 22:00 minutes.
Get through 2012 without any significant down time or injuries (running related or others). Just some aches or strains so far and I want to keep it that way, so that is why this mid-year review is so important.
Finish a half-marathon. Over the past 2-3 months I have run 13+ miles once a week, so finishing a half-marathon is not the question. I have run a 01:48:59 for a training run and 4 sub 01:50:00 half marathons in a row, it isn’t a question of whether I can finish a half marathon, but more what my time will be on the right course. A better goal for this would be to finish a half-marathon in under 1:45:00.
Run a few trail races when the weather gets better – I have run over at Bond Brook Recreation Area and plan to run their 5K Trail Race series during July, August and September. It does feel good to be back on the trails.
Long Term Goal: Run the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon. I finished the 1983 Marathon and to run/finish Marine Corps again 30 years later would be very cool. This is one of the major goals that I have in mind for my running and it would be even more fantastic if I could qualify for Boston that same day. Therefore, I am doing a 2 year work-up to the Marathon distance, just to see if my knee will hold up.
I am already running half-marathon distances and now need to move up to 15-20 miles to see how the knee feels and maybe even try to run a fall marathon if I feel good enough.
The reality is that
the year is half-over and it is time to check the progress or lack of progress I have made on the goals that I made at the start of the year. Some things I have done really great with and need to raise the bar a little, while others I need to be more realistic about what I want to accomplish.
I was stressing out a lot about that sub-20:00 minute 5K goal and if I do it by accident great, but I am not going to train for it and worry about the work that I need to do in order to run that fast.
I am going to focus on running longer at slower speeds, which seems to be what my body does better now that I am almost (in August) 55 – it sucks having to acknowledge getting older, but hey it is better than the alternatives, after all I am still out there running and enjoying myself.
How about you?
How have you done on your goals from the beginning of the year?
Have you met some?
Do you need to update/change any of them?
Finally, are you still having fun running? If not why not and can you change anything to make it more fun (other than running in the heat/cold).