Now that I’ve finally gotten settled in Alabama, I thought it’s a good time to write out my 2017 goals. Thinking out loud, it’s better late then never to write down yearly goals
So What are My Plans for 2017?
Right now, I don’t have any spring marathon plans. After running a 20 miler last fall, I realized my body and mind were not ready for marathon training. I have not completely ruled out a marathon again for the fall but I’ll revisit that topic in 6 months. To be realistic, my chances of running a marathon in 2017 are probably slim too.
My major goal race this year is: April Fools Half Marathon:
It’s not far from home and I enjoy the race. (I ran it in 2014 and 2016…I would have run it in 2015 but I got married that weekend). While it’s one of the smaller races I plan to run this year, I like the timing, the atmosphere and the race is well put together. I have nothing but positive things to say about the race which is why I chose it for my Spring Goal Race.
But If you follow this blog then you know I love racing. One race per 6 months doesn’t cut it for me. The rest of the races will be tuneups. I will still run hard but I won’t taper for them. Maybe by some miracle, I’ll PR but honestly probably not. I like running races for the social aspect and because I enjoy racing versus doing workouts. I don’t run 10,000 races per year expecting to PR…I run 10,000 races a year (or about 40), for the sense of community, atmosphere and seeing friends. Plus, I can. It’s something both my husband and I enjoy doing.
Is running a bunch of races more expensive than doing a workout at home?
Of course! For me, the experiences outweigh the cost and it’s something I’m willing to pay. Running is a hobby and racing is something I enjoy. I like the atmosphere, seeing other runners achieve their goals and being surrounded by people enjoying the same hobby. We choose to spend money on things we enjoy. My husband and I both enjoy running and that is one thing we spend money on.
Some races will be done on tired legs or with the intention to do a tempo.
Some will be raced at “how I feel” on untapered legs.
There will be more local races added to the schedule but for now this is what we’ve come up:
Tune Up Races:
2/4 Double Bridges 15k (Pensacola)
2/12 Mercedes Half Marathon (Birmingham)
The race falls two months after the Dallas half marathon and will be a good way to feel out how my legs are doing and responding to my coach and new work outs. It will be a key race to determine the next phase of training for Atlantic City.
3/16 Shamrock Half Marathon (Virginia Beach): Most likely, I will not run as hard as possible but it’s one of my all time favorite races so every year I’m healthy…my runderwear toe the line.
4/1 Phillies 5k (Philadephia)
5/1 Broad Street 10 Miler (Philadelphia)
Of course I’ll hop into local 5ks to support schools and local causes. I like running local 5ks and it’s about getting out there and being part of a community. Many people I see at those races are people I’ve helped with shoes, athletes that have come into the store or causes that are important to me.
Those are the major races I have for the next few months.
Questions for you:
Which races are you doing this year?
What is one of your 2017 goals?