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Upcoming goals - the rest of this year and next year....moving on!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

I have taken a little time off from running, and allowed myself to think about my decision to stop running full marathons. Don't get me wrong, I'm not changing my mind. I am absolutely OK with my decision. But I'm coming up with a do-able plan to have fun, get fitter and faster!

First, I am going to do 3 half marathons next year. In April, I'm going to do the Country Music Half in Nashville. I am setting myself up with a realistic time goal of 2:20. It would be an "official" half marathon PR. Why did I pick this time? And why do I think it's realistic. A couple reasons: first, I split 2:34 last weekend in the full and second, I am able to hold sub 11 minute miles during training runs. A 2:20 is 10:40 pace. I think that if I continue to train like I have been, this is more than realistic. I am just looking to be consistant and increase mileage gradually so that I don't slow down drastically. So, no training runs of over a 10K until 2012. I have a 10K on Thanksgiving day, so I will prepare for that. My goal for that race is under 1:05. I think this is do-able because last weekend, my 10K split in the marathon was 1:08. This will help me to see if my goals for next year are realistic.

The other two halfs I'm going to do are - Columbus Half and Cincinnati half. They are a week apart, but by next October, I will be ready for back to back!

I also want to do a bunch of 10ks and 5ks next year - among them Forest Hills 5K, Race for the cure 10K, Walk Ahead 5K, GOTR 5K (gonna do that one this year too - it's in a couple weeks). I'm thinking of playing it by ear and just doing what I can in terms of races. But I think a lot of short races will help me with pace.

I took a job as one of the assistants on my son's swim team. I actually sat through two practices before I was offered a job. I am glad to be getting back into the sport of competitive swimming as a coach. I am going to try to get at least two swim workouts in a week for myself. I say try because the pool schedule at the Y isn't always conducive to my own personal schedule.

Next summer I'm going to do the Ohio river swim. It's not a long race - just from Ohio to Kentucky - but it looks fun and it's in July, so it will be warm and the water won't be as gross as it is in the spring!

My fitness plans are to lose about 15 pounds and gain a TON of strength. I think that will help me to get faster (duh!). I am going to do a lot of cross training, and have at least one "blast week" a month where I do double the workouts (two-a-days).

I am excited about this and am looking forward to a year of discovery and self-improvement.

On the home front, I am going to work a lot in my garden (actually starting with planting a bunch of bulbs this weekend) and around my house. I want to paint the bedrooms next summer.

Have a great day and keep up your good work!
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  • ANGIERUNNER
    Sounds like a plan! I swim with a master group in my town and love it! Its good cross training for running! I might be doing the Nashville Marathon, maybe we can meet before the race if I do it!!! Sounds like some good races up ahead for you!!
    3076 days ago
  • MBSHAZZER
    Molly, a great and do-able plan! Very exciting! There is nothing wrong with being a runner and not running marathons. The distance is not for everyone. My dad has been running for over 40 years - he is my "go to" on all running related questions,and you know what? He's never run a marathon. He's only covered the HM distance twice, and neither time was in a race, just on his own. So there is absolutely nothing wrong with NOT running marathons!

    Enjoy the process of meeting your goals!
    3080 days ago
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