At the beginning of every year, I set running and travel goals to work towards. Here is a look at what I accomplished in 2018 and what I’m hoping to achieve in 2019.
I was on such a high from completing Racing the Planet: Patagonia, a 150-mile stage race in November of 2017, that I thought I’d be crossing a 100k and 100m off the list shortly after. Instead, I got overwhelmed by all of the crazy things life threw at me in 2018. I still managed to knock out five marathons early in the year, but they were slow and painful. It really wasn’t until December, when I spent the weekend with Des Linden, that I started thinking about my running goals again.
Run 2019 Miles
I’ve set a goal to match the year in mileage for the last four years, but have yet to achieve it. Honestly, I haven’t even come close. This week, I shelled out some coin to join the RUN THE YEAR 2019 CHALLENGE for a little extra motivation
Run 8 Marathons in 8 different states
The easiest of my goals, because it relies more on attendance than improvement. I’ve run as many as eleven marathons in a year, so I know I can handle frequent races once I’m in shape. I’d actually like to knock out ten states, but realistically, I think I’ll only have the time and funds for eight. Click here to see my preliminary race schedule.
Set a new Personal Record
This is the big one! My current PR (3:48:42) was set two years ago at the Philadelphia Marathon. Last year I was in the “ultra” mindset and this year I was in the “not interested in running” mindset. But now that I’ve met and run a half marathon with Des Linden, 2018 Boston Marathon Champ and Lifelong Hero, I need to pull myself together and finish in a time that will make her proud. What time do I think would make her proud? A Boston Qualifying time, of course! I, a woman between the ages of 18 and 34, need to run a 3:30:00 marathon to qualify. So, to give a little cushion, I’ll be aiming for, gulp, 3:25:00. That’s about 7:50 min/miles. I’m just as excited as you are to find out if I can do it!
My travel goals are the same every year and since I live to travel, I don’t have any problem achieving them!
Visit a New Country
In 2018, my boyfriend and I spent three weeks in China. This year, I’ve already got THREE countries on the horizon! My very strict “one country per trip” rule will be broken this February when I go to visit two of my Racing The Planet tent mates who live in neighboring countries. And in July, I’m going waaayyy out of my comfort zone with a trip that will be… relaxing. I’ve never pushed myself to do less; but in 2019, less is more (only in this very specific instance). I’ll reveal my destinations as plans are finalized.
Camp in a New National Park
In 2018, I basked in the snowy peaks of Rocky Mountain National Park before running the Vail Marathon. Next year, I’ll probably plan some Yellowstone action around a Wyoming race.
I guess the real goal is just to keep being me, with a few slight improvements. Seems doable.
Have any goals you would like to share? Let me know in the comments!