I’ve never been one to set New Year’s resolutions, but the transition from one year to the next is always a great opportunity to reflect on what you’ve done and where you’re going.
I’ve run on and off for over a decade, but I never took it too seriously. That changed in the second half of 2018. I had some pretty big breakthroughs last year, in the form of some not insubstantial PRs in the 8K, 10K, 10 Mile, 15K, and half marathon, and more importantly, in terms of my confidence and my attitude toward the process of training. I’m working hard to carry this momentum through the next year.
Taking A More Methodical Approach To Training
Since I was a teenager running was always something I loved and wanted to do well, but it mostly felt like a struggle. I ran a few miles here and there. Sometimes I’d get out for a few miles a few times a week, sometimes I’d go months without running at all. I didn’t set firm goals for myself, I didn’t stick to a program, and, no surprise, I didn’t make any progress.
I’ve created this training log to hold myself accountable, to make sure I’m taking a holistic approach to training, to identify areas for improvement, and to keep track of my progress.
My Goal For 2019: Qualify For Boston
I’ve put it in writing, so its official! My goal for 2019 is to qualify for the 2020 Boston Marathon. To do this, I’ll need to run a marathon in 3:30 or better. My current marathon PR is 4:23, so yes, I have a long way to go!
This goal is technically not a New Year’s resolution. In the years since I last ran a marathon I’ve put a lot of work into building a strong base fitness, including tons of strength training and lots of aerobic work of both the steady state and interval varieties. I’ve been working really hard to take a balanced approach to training and incorporate all of those little things that add up to big results. Things like nutrition, sleep, and conditioning/mobility work can often feel like a chore, but they make a huge difference.
I plan to do a lot of racing this year. My first goal marathon is scheduled for February, and I’m 13 weeks into training. I have a second marathon scheduled for April. After that I’ll participate in lots of shorter, fun races through the spring and summer. I have plans to do a fall marathon as well, though I’m not sure what that will be yet. I’m going to document the whole process in this training log and hopefully next year I’ll have a lot of progress to look back on.