- Find a fun destination race. CHECK. Juneau Half Marathon was amazing, a total whim and a little bit of old me as the trip came up in about a week when I discovered the Juneau half and decided why not?!? I’d wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone looking for a destination race.
- Run 1,000 miles. I’m not sure if this is doable, since I’m not sure what the return to work is going to look like, but it’s worth shooting for. At a minimum, I want to keep up the consistency in running four days a week. I won’t be disappointed if I keep up consistency but come in slightly shy on mileage. M/W/Th/Sat works for me in non-Sunday race weeks, but no reason they have to be the exact plan for 2022. What I found this fall was running with my laptop led to poor form, so hoping I won’t need that on all my office days. Check by the skin of my teeth. As I write this on December 26, I’m at 999.09 miles. I had a really strong first half of the year and then had to ease off due to, life/IT Band flare/work. We’re in the office two days a week, and I don’t love running with my laptop. While I mostly maintained the M/W/Th/Sa schedule and protected my running time, my mileage dropped off. But I’m calling this a win. I never came anywhere near a thousand when in the office year round and I’m curious to see whether I can repeat this with fewer Halfs next year.
- Peloton Annual Challenge: 10K minutes. I’m going to come in around 9K this year, and … Nope. Not even close, because the below also fell apart. I’m repeating both of these for 2023 because they’re something I should do. I ended up coming in under 7K. Oops.
- Daily Peloton Strength Classes: as I mentioned, I love my daily Peloton activity. It’s time to up this to be a daily strength class. Nope. Lost my daily streak in April because I was tired and forgot to start a class even though I was foam rolling in the hotel gym. Yes, still vividly remember this eight months later. I then missed some random days here and there. Some of the fall of was legit with a focus on PT, but some was just laziness.
- Maintain #3for1 challenge. Nope, but this needs to happen per the two above.
- Have a solid Central Park and Brooklyn Half. Sort of. Central Park was the challenge I knew it would be because I was undertrained and injured and the hills suck. Despite a heel issue that hit later in February, I rebounded for April. Brooklyn is a good luck charm and it was a really good race. Overall I’m pleased.
All in all, it was a decent year. Check that, good year. I’m kind of disappointed in that goals I didn’t meet were within my control, but I also know I did a LOT this year and we’re only human.
Repeat from 2022:
- Daily strength classes
- #3for1 challenge
- 10K Peloton minutes
- Find a fun destination race. Sounds like a worthwhile annual goal. No distance requirements.
- Race all distances from the 5K to the Half. No, I promise there’s no surprise Marathon hiding in this goal. More than having the time, you have to have the interest and I do not have it in me for 2023. But this ladder sounds like a fun and attainable goal. It’s actually harder than it sounds because there aren’t that many 5Ks and some of the NYRR 5Ms are now 4M. For the 5K I could do only one lap on a Governors Island race, but that feels like cheating even though a 5K is offered as a race distance. It also feels too hard/far for a 5K. Linked are the ones I’m registered for as of December 2022.
- Complete the Matt Wilpers Half Marathon training challenge. I love his programs and feel like they work for me. Because they’re tailored to the participant, they’re not unreasonable the way some off the shelf ones are, even as much as I love Hal Higdon. While the NYC Half is a challenging course due to the Manhattan Bridge and the ramp from the FDR, I ran it well in 2019 and would like to again.
- Course record for the Cherry Blossom 10. It will never be a PR because there’s no environment in which I put away the phone when there are cherry blossoms all around. That wouldn’t be fun. So the Bronx 10M, whose course isn’t pretty, can stay a PR and I’ll chase my 2018 time.
- Fall half. That was a silent goal for 2022, and one I was looking for when I found Juneau. July in Juneau was weather wise a fall half, and I (wisely) decided no more distance after 3 Halfs in seven months. I like a goal keeping me motivated in summer, and fall racing is the best. This may or may not be the destination race.
- 1,050 miles. I don’t think 1,100 is doable, but I want to do a little more than I did this year. I’ve made this my #GoTheDist goal as I have pivoted from tracking steps. It was a good goal for a long time, but it’s time to change.
- Read more. I fell way off this year and I miss it.
It sounds like a lot, but they’re all pieces of the same goal: become a stronger runner. Do your goals have a theme?