Now that we are beyond the half way point of the year my DC Trifecta partners –Courtney, Cynthia and I thought we’d use “GOALS” for this weeks Friday Five theme. Whether checking in on your 2014 goals or setting later half of the year goals, interpret as you wish!
It is no secret my primary goal for this year is to run a marathon. Now that I’m just a long run away from completing Week 3 of training, I’m sharing my marathon training goals for this weeks Friday Five:
1. Shape up! I gained about 15 pounds over the course of a year, a good bit of that while injured. After being cleared for activity and training for Pittsburgh, I lost about half that poundage. While it is more important for me to be healthy and strong, and not particularly focused on scale – I personally perform better (ie. run faster) when I’m leaner. I’m focusing a lot on strength this go round and am maintaining a personal training schedule to keep me on track.
2. Eat right! In order to accomplish #1, I need to refocus my efforts on nutrition and fueling. Summer is actually easier because it is so hot I rely on fruits and veggies for meals. Oh, and I just discovered wheat berries. My new addiction – yum!!
3. Determine my race pace! Ok, I know I’m now a certified RRCA coach and have run a bazillion races but I have no idea what my “race pace” is. I average about 9-9:20 for half marathons so I need to see how the next couple of weeks go and figure out what I am aiming for. This is not to say I want to finish my marathon in x, y, or z but in order to effectively train, I should have a pace in mind to work towards.
4. Stay healthy! Duh. No repeats of last winter…
5. Suck it up buttercup. When I decided to marathon a year ago I intentionally picked a spring marathon. One, to coincide with my birthday and two, to avoid training in the DC summer. Well… sometimes life just works out the way it works out. I’ve managed to beat the heat a bit thus far but that lucky streak won’t continue. So, I’m committed to early long runs on Saturday and will utilize the treadmill throughout the week for shorter runs if it’s just too humid. Otherwise, deal with it 😉