At the start of 2017 I decided to not set any goals for the year. I felt like in the past years I had set goals, gotten hurt, and then gotten frustrated when the year didn’t go as planned. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: I really like having goals to work towards. This year, I have set some realistic, (mostly) measurable, long-term goals for 2018. These are things I want to be able to say I did when I look back on the year. I think what makes these goals appropriate is that for each of them I have a plan to achieve them.
Last year I set “intentions” around taking a more laid-back approach to training. I think I actually did pretty well with that this year! The races I did (only two at the end of the year: a half and a 5k) were without specific training and therefore I didn’t put any pressure on myself. I will be doing a more in-depth post about my year in running, so I’ll just leave it at that for now.
At the end of this post I am going to talk about my “dream goals”. I realized this year that just because things aren’t going as planned you don’t need to completely give up on the things you want to one day achieve. It just may take longer than you hoped.
Goals for 2018
PR in “something”
It’s been a long time since I set a new PR (June 2016) and I would like to get one in 2018. I haven’t decided what distance I want to focus on this year. I don’t think I will run a full marathon, but definitely some shorter distances. I’m leaning towards chasing that 5k PR because that one has been hanging over my head since 2013. Plus it will require less mileage in training.
Track my shoe mileage
This one should be easy, but just requires remembering to actually do it. I rotate my shoes which makes it difficult to keep track of mileage. Last week, I downloaded an app to help me with this. I tried using Garmin but I think it only tracks one pair at a time, so that won’t work since I rotate so much.
Get rid of back issue
For years I have had this annoying tightness in my back that comes and goes. It started when I had piriformis syndrome in 2013, and then become more of an SI joint issue. For awhile it was better, and now it will flare up every once in a while. I actually don’t think it is because of running. (But who knows.) I have been using a standing desk at work now for a little over 2 months, and it’s not helping as much as I thought it would. Between working with Drew, addressing core stability and running form, I hope to clear this up once and for all. I have also been seeing a massage therapist at my chiropractor’s office (it’s hard to get appointments so I go like once every 6 weeks) and he has noted that I have a huge knot in the back of my shoulder. He has been working on it, but we are wondering if that could be the culprit.
This one is on my list every year and I think I have had an injury almost every year since 2012. It still needs to be a goal, although I am recognizing that as hard as I may work to try to prevent injuries, my body is very confusing and things will happen even if I do everything right. My plan for this is to keep up the work with Drew, continue seeing my chiro every month or so, and listen to my body. Fingers crossed this is my year of healthy running.
Improve Running Form
Maybe this one will help with the injury piece? Drew has given me some exercises to help with form and I would like to start adding some drills back in. I actually think my form is better when I run fast, so it’s tricky when you want to keep your runs easy and then you find that your form falls apart. One thing I have noticed from some of the exercises I have done with Drew is that my left hip does not move well. It is much harder to bring my hip into flexion on that side and I also notice that side is much more unstable when I do dead bugs (if I’m not careful I hear a “clicking”.) This maybe very likely be due to my surgery on that side. Going along with all of this, I have also been working on breathing properly when running and lifting and need to continue to focus on that.
Be more strategic about saving money
I decided to include a couple of non-running goals. I do pretty well with saving but not with investing. Rob is really good with this stuff but we still have separate accounts for our pay-checks/daily spending and then a joint account for bigger things. I am going to have him help me to look at my monthly spending and put remaining money into savings or my investment accounts.
Read at least 6 books throughout the year
I have a bad habit of starting a book and never finishing it. Most of my reading happens when I am on vacation but since that’s only like once or twice a year I’d like to read more often at home. 6 is pretty low for the year so if I can do more that’s even better.
Set at least one monthly goal
These goals were chosen specially because they can be worked on over the course of the year. Each month I hope to set at least one short-term goal that may be a little more challenging. I already do month in-review posts so I will also plan to include my monthly goal and progress on goals for the year.
Ok, now on to the fun stuff. As I was planning this post I asked myself the question “If you could achieve any goals this year, what would they be?” Even if injury and time were not issues, I definitely don’t think I would ever try to do all of these things in one year. But hey, they’re my dream goals! If I can stick to my 2018 goals then I will be taking a step towards achieving them one day.
- Sub 1:40 half (PR is 1:41:58 from 2015)
- BQ (I turn 35 this year so I will need a 3:40, but probably 3:35 to actually be able to run Boston- PR is 3:41:46 from 2015)
- Get back to running 40-50 mpw, 5-6 days per week
- Sub 20 minute 5k (PR is 21:38 from 2013)
- Run an ultra
These are actually pretty reasonable goals IF I could run consistently without risking injury.
Have you set any goals for 2018?
What is one dream goal you hope to achieve one day?
Does anyone have any secrets to help me stay injury free this year?! 😀