Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Running Goals: 2009

It's that time of year. Time to make resolutions and goals. Personally, I don't like making resolutions, but I love making goals that are difficult but obtainable and give me something to work towards. I love a challenge!
After the Columbus Marathon I've struggled to determine "what's next?" For three years I worked for that 3:30 and didn't realize there would be goals on the other side. But, after a few e-mail exchanges with coach I guess there is more achievements left.

So without further ado, my short list of 2009 running goals.

  • Do all scheduled workouts (unless sick or injured)
  • Run 1200+ miles
  • Sub-1:40 half marathon
  • Sub-3:25 marathon
  • Qualify for NYC Marathon
  • Run outside unless it's raining or below 15 degrees
One thing coach likes us to do is schedule our races. I'm sure this is important for a triathlete because races fill up really quickly and they're super-expensive, but I struggle with this one because running races aren't that expensive and are pretty easy to register for. Generally, though, I pick two marathons a year and build other races around them. Right now I only have two 'A' races on the list:

  • Last Chance for Boston 1/2 Marathon - February 15th
  • Boston Marathon - April 20th
Based on the outcome of either of those races, I have a list of fall marathons I'm considering:
  • NYC Marathon
  • Nike Women's Marathon
  • St. George
  • Maui Marathon
  • California International Marathon
  • Towpath (Cleveland)
If I don't make it into New York (I will only do it if I qualify) then I'm leaning towards Towpath.

I'm sure there will be more goals to come based on training and races. I'm sure there will be other races too. This year is Dave's year, so I'm not really looking beyond Boston.

What's on your goal list?


Dave said...

Hmm...I'd like to do a race in Idaho, I think. :)


Can I play with Dave in Idaho??

Andrea Hill said...

I believe to get into NYCM for 09, you need to run the qualifying race by May 1st.

I'll be honest, I'm still really surprised to see NYCM on your goals list. You never seemed to want to run it before. Is it just b/c the qualifying time is a goal to keep in mind?

Meredith said...

Frankly, I'm not sure I could run it because of my phobia of bridges, but it would be nice to know I could if I could, ya know?

Sunshine said...

Goal for 2009.. to do more half marathons (Wishing they had a better name than "half" !)

Thanks for your list.. You inspire!