Monday: 30 min core
Tuesday: 50 bodyweight dips, 100 alternating rows (40lb cable)
Wednesday: 5m easy 8:40/pace
Thursday: 5 miles, 6 X 400s @ 6:00/pace, recovery @ 10:00/pace
Alright, it’s that time to solidify some real goals. After a few days of a fever (i’m a 5 year old) and lounging in pjs, my only goal was to watch as many movies as possible… I’m now ready to begin this year and start attacking goals!
Sub 20:00 5k
Whenever I hit a sub 7 mile, a puppy is born. Wouldn’t it be great if more puppies were born?? Sorry, caffiene’s hitting me hard right now —I want to run fast and I like to run fast. It’s been a long year of slow easy miles, so i’m ready to tackle a completely different style of training and mileage. Lauren @ The Foodie Runner challenged her readers not only to set goals, but also come up with a plan for how to get there.
Most people who walk in the gym this week will want to lose 20 lbs or whatever, but the second you ask them how they plan to do it, they get stumped. Or say “i’m gonna do cardio and maybe a class or two”<—Not good enough!
Having a plan or someone to help with that plan is sooooo important. It’s like going on a road trip without a map or a gps, ridiculous right? So don’t chance it with your goals this year. Ask me questions! Or head over to Lauren’s page and have her coach you for a specific race.
Sub 1:30 1/2 Marathon
How am I going to meet these time goals? I’m following the Ultimate Runner program for an entire year to see what changes occur in my running life. I’ve learned so much over the last few years from blogs, Lauren, my own trial and error and I’m ready to take everything I learned and put it into a program that makes a lot of sense for me and my schedule.
I plan on focusing solely on the 5k until summer. I’ll still do long runs and i’ll have a race or two during the next 6 months that aren’t the 5k distance, but my efforts will all be geared toward getting faster. I’m going to try running a 5k once per month to give myself ample opportunities to succeed and get used to racing! Im hoping that as my speed and racing skills improve, by fall i’ll feel more confident going into the half marathon training and aim for a huge goal.
Complete 5 Consecutive Pull Ups
Last year I focused on doing body weight dips, which now, i’m pretty comfortable with, but pull ups are still such a hard exercise! I’m using the pull up assist machine and doing jumping pull ups, where you jump up and grab the bar then focus on the deceleration (or the negative). I’m definitely getting stronger, but i’m still far from being able to complete a set!
I don’t have specific places I want to visit, I just want to go, explore, run, eat, drink and be merry! There’s too much of this world (and country!) I have yet to see, I’m open for anything this year.
Visit & Review Breweries
It’s no secret I love good beer, especially ones that are hard to get. I figure that when i travel I also want to try out the local brews and since I have a blog, review them. Anyone ever watch Brew Dogs? This show makes me incredibly happy, and bonus! the hosts are hilarious and have a sexy accent. I’m pretty sure this show is why I want to travel and visit breweries.
Stress Less, Be Present & Enjoy the Surprises
I’ve talked about this before, last year was Stress Fest 14′ and I was the main event. The worst part was that I never asked for any help with the stress, I assumed I had to handle much of everything myself and tried to control too much. Unfortunately for me, stress leads to depression and depression leads to me living a life without being present. I have many new outlets and healthy ways to cope if I feel overly stressed so this should never get as bad as it was last year. I feel prepared now, but it’s all about practice!
That’s kinda it. It’s a small, but precise list. Fast times, traveling, beer and less stress. Sounds like a good year to me, no?_______________________________________________________
For fun, I want to throw these into the mix so you might know what to expect one day on the ol’ blog. These are Future Future Goals–ones that aren’t going to happen until 2016+. And ones that I daydream about often…
I still want that BQ. A Boston Qualifying time isn’t just about running the Boston course, I really want(ed) to run a fast marathon and I felt 3:30 wasn’t a crazy goal. I still think it’s tangible and when I attempt the distance again, I’m going to shoot for under 3:30.
I want to run a Ragnar Relay, re-lay bad (okay that was a re-lay bad pun. dammit i can’t stop!) I feel like there are enough bloggers in the local area here that we can throw together a pretty fun van full of girls that want to sweat and run together for an obscene amount of miles. I’m talking to you Emmeline, Salt, Lisa.
Iron Man. I think Robert Downey Jr. would agree that being an Iron Man is pretty sick. To finish an Iron Man, just once, would make me feel like a superhero. At least, that’s how I play it in my head.. even though It would probably feel more like greeting death, but as equals, like in the Deathly Hallows. That’s what they should call Iron Man– the Deathly Hallows- Swimming, Biking & Running until your legs fall off. When the 3 are joined together you become the master of death, thus an Iron Man or Woman! Now, how can I make an ironman/harry potter tattoo work…
Do you have a Future Future Goal?
01/09/2015 at 12:44 PM
Good goals for 2015! I love 5Ks AND beer!! 🙂 I’m also on a constant quest to run a faster 5K (sub-23 is my target for now – I keep chipping away at my time!) so I look forward to reading about your journey to sub-20. Good luck!
01/12/2015 at 12:01 PM
the 5k quest! I love it! Good luck to you as well 🙂
01/09/2015 at 2:46 PM
OK, by the whole Deathly Hallows thing you just had me rolling! 😀
But seriously these are awesome goals – and in no small part because you take them separately. I think it is key to focus your efforts when you want success, and I also think that trying to spread yourself too thin can lead to losing focus, not meeting goals, and injury. Don’t want THAT!
We definitely need more cute puppies (just not in our house yet 😉 ) … so let’s get to hitting those goals!
Never heard of the Beer show, but we’ve watched some of ‘Booze Traveler’ which is fun. Turns out we don’t get Brew Dogs here. Oh well – fun stuff anyway!
And travel and adventure are definitely great goals – as they say, do it while you can. Lisa and I headed down the west coast of Mexico for her 30th (before kids), exploring small villages, riding horseback, and all sorts of fun things 🙂
Here’s to a super-happy and low-stress 2015 for you!
01/12/2015 at 12:02 PM
Yep, i felt spread thin last year. Way too many big goals. Glad I made you laugh :)!
01/09/2015 at 10:21 PM
Oh my god we would have the best Ragnar team ever. Count me in!!! (I absolutely want to do a Ragnar at some point…very high on my list.)
I am loving all these goals for you and think they are all very, very attainable. I think you are in for some amazing things in 2015! ❤
01/12/2015 at 12:03 PM
hahah! It would be the best. team. ever.
01/10/2015 at 6:00 AM
Yes to a Ragnar!! I have always wanted to do one but never put any effort into figuring out logistics!
You are gonna have an awesome year, I just know it!
01/10/2015 at 1:35 PM
Yay!! One of these days I’ll look into cost and all the details and maybe we can all get together and see if it’s doable for maybe next year or something. . Either way we should try and do a run together one of these days. You need to break your 1:40 half!
02/03/2015 at 11:22 PM
Awesome goals!! If you ever want to be super inspired (or cheesed out, depending on your stance) about doing an Ironman, YouTube: 2013 GoPro IRONMAN World Championship Race Highlight Video – Awards Night. Wish you the best for the upcoming year!
02/04/2015 at 8:33 PM
ooooh i love the video— i’ll probably watch this for the next year anytime I don’t feel like running!
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