When deciding on goals, I wanted to choose things that are measurable. For example, running a distance within a certain time, not just running faster. This way, I'll know for sure if I've achieved the goal or not at the end of the year.
Here's what I plan to accomplish in 2012:
- Run a sub-22 minute 5k race
- Run a sub-1:43 half marathon race
- Complete a marathon race
- Race a new shorter distance (ex. mile, 4 mile, 8k or 10k)
- Increase weekly mileage to 50-60 miles
It's a short list - only five goals - but I think meeting each one will be a challenge. The easiest on the list is racing a new shorter distance. I have no doubts I can run a mile, four miles, 8k or 10k but the trick will be pacing myself appropriately for the distance during a race.
As for the other goals, the key to accomplishing them will be increasing my weekly mileage. This will allow me to run longer so I can (fingers crossed) complete the marathon as well as run faster in shorter distance races.
So here's to 2012 and making it the best running year yet!
Tell me: What are your running goals this year and how do you plan to accomplish them?