I started this whole running thing without any specific goals other than finishing my first half marathon. Now that goal has come and gone (read about it here), and I find that I’m lacking motivation.
Yes, I could go ahead and sign up for a bunch more races (and I will), but for the moment, I’m kind of enjoying not being in “training mode.” I like that I don’t have to forgo social engagements because they interfere with my running schedule, or avoid having a few beers on Friday night so that I can complete my Saturday long run. In short, I like having my life back to normal.
That being said, I don’t want to just stop running. Far from it. I want to keep running and improving. And I definitely want to complete another half marathon before the snow starts flying, which in Vermont, could be some time as early as October. I’ve been seeing a lot of mid-year 2014 goal check-in posts, and they have inspired me to set some more concrete goals for the second half of the year, which will hopefully help keep me motivated.
So without further ado, here’s what I’ll be working towards for the next 6 months:
- Sign up for and complete another half marathon
- Sign up for and complete a 10k race (probably virtual)
- Incorporate speed work and/or hills at least once a week, with the goal of consistently running 5k under 3o minutes
- Get back to yoga. I know this is kind of wishy-washy and non-specific, but I’m not sure what the yoga class schedule will be like at my new gym, and I don’t want to set myself up for failure right off the bat
- Strength train at least once a week. My hips were incredibly sore for a couple of days after my half, and I want to make sure that my muscles are able to support me on longer runs
- Focus on recovery after runs. I’ve been skipping the stretch and roll routine after runs a little too often, and I know that’s not good for me. I’m pretty sure my tight calves are contributing to the pain in my foot, so I want to protect myself from injury and really limber up my muscles
That’s all for now. I don’t want to have too many plates up in the air at once, especially since I’m still working on my #Chewsday Challenge as well. I plan to do a monthly check-in on these goals to help me stay accountable and on-track. I may also add or alter goals as things occur to me.
My running/training plan for the next little while will look something like this:
Monday: Cross-train (yoga/body pump/strength train)
Tuesday: Alternate hill repeats and speed work
Wednesday: Cross-train (yoga/body pump/strength train)
Thursday: Short, fast (for me) run (3-5 miles)
Saturday: Long, slow distance (6-8 miles)
Basically, I want to maintain my fitness, but not spend every Saturday recovering from a long run. Once I sign up for my fall half, I’ll increase my long run mileage each week to get ready.
Do you set specific running/fitness-related goals? How do you stay motivated?