This years races are largely unplanned at the moment. But, I thought I could at least share a few of the more general running goals I hope to achieve in 2017.
So far, the only races in the diary are:
- Great Edinburgh Winter Run 5k (which I ran on Saturday – does that count?)
- Alloa Half Marathon in March (on my birthday, no less!)
Anyway, here are my running goals for the year ahead:
Run a sub 1:45 half marathon
Last year I took 30 minutes off my half marathon time and it’s spurred me on to get even faster. If I’m honest I’m not entirely sure how realistic this is but better to aim too high, right? I’ll need to take a fairly sizable chunk of almost 9 minutes off, which works out about 40s per mile.
That said, the last few miles of that PB time were run through pretty bad achilles pain so I’d like to think that, injury-free, I’d have managed closer to 1 hour 50 mins.
I’m not looking to run 1:45 in March (unless my training goes super well over the next couple of months!). I reckon autumn time is probably more realistic so I’ll need to find a good (flat!) half to do then.
Remain injury free
To be honest, this is probably my most important goal. Last year’s injury came just as I was starting to see big improvements so was really frustrating. I’m keen to avoid that again!
Obviously, this goal pretty much applies all the time. That said, I really want to make a conscious effort to avoid injury this year.
How am I going to do that? By being more diligent about regular foam rolling and mobility work – fun!! As far as running goals go it’s not the most exciting, but it is key to achieving the other, more interesting ones.
Learn to run tech-free
I asbolutely love my Garmin, but I’m definitely way too dependent on it for running. Having the stats to look back on is great, but I’d like to get better at running by feel rather than relying on the numbers on my watch.
I know if my watch died right before a race I’d have a serious panic, which is pretty ridiculous. Plus who knows, maybe I’ll discover I can handle a faster pace than I thought. Nothing like a bit of wishful thinking!
What are your running goals for 2017?