Running Goals – 10 races in 2014

I have found that by stating your goals publicly, you have more chance to succeed.  So I have been posting my running goals at work for the last couple of years as part of a Gatorade initiative to #winfromwithin (yes, everything here has a hashtag and no, there is not Gatorade coming out of the water fountains).

So, here are mine (with my progress since I am posting this in May):

  1. Run 6 1/2 marathons – or about one every other month
    • Jan – Rock and Roll 1/2 in Tempe, AZ – COMPLETE – PR!  (2:03)
    • April – Bunny 1/2 in Chicago – COMPLETE – PR! (2:00:58)
    • June – signed up for the Chicago 1/2
    • July  – Rock and Roll Chicago – ready!
    • Sept – need to sign up for Chicago 1/2 (there seems to be a few of these, huh?)
    • Nov – signed up for Rock and Roll Vegas!
  2. Run 4 other races for a total of 10 races (this is a stretch since I ran 7 total last year)
    • Urbanathlon – Oct – 10.8 miles with crazy obstacles – run in less than 2 hours (2:10 in 2013 but I was stalled after the soldier field steps!)
    • 15K – Nov – Hot Chocolate
    • 10K – May – Susan G Komen – COMPLETE!
    • 5K – Bucktown and/or Chase Corporate Challenge

No problem.

We will see how the year progresses!

 

1/2 Marathon training- longest run yet!

Last weekend I ran the longest I have ever run in my life- 11.3 miles. Wow. My fiancée thinks I am crazy. Especially since it was really hot and sunny outside. I feel like running in the fall is more my thing, but I am signed up for a 1/2 marathon July 22nd and am not backing out at this point.

At our Gatorade office in Chicago, we have annual goals that we publicly state to everyone at a “State Your Goal” day and we also have them posted in our offices/cubicles for everyone to see. Running my 1st 1/2 marathon is one of my goals. I am glad I didn’t put the time I wanted to run (2hrs or less or about 9 min miles). I had always been a little annoyed when people talk about “running” marathons when they do 15 min miles. I mean, that is walking. So….I was opening my big mouth about doing it in 2 hrs and now I am not thinking that is doable, especially in the heat in July. So to make my goal, all I have to do is finish, but I still want to do 10 min miles or about 2 hrs and 10 mins. There, I have stated it as a goal. Just not at work with all of my super-fit colleagues.

I ran the 11.3 miles averaging about 10 min miles including 2 Gatorade stops. Buying Gatorade at North Ave beach is not cheap but it was worth it to remain upright. I also stopped at a few water fountains along the way and nearly dunked my head in it. So gross but necessary.

I felt good but tired afterwards. I had a fabulous tour of Chicago along the lake. Go to http://www.mapmyrun.com if you want a similar route. The good thing about my training is that I am not injured or sore. Except for the tummy thing last time, I am very healthy with my running.

I have 3 weeks until the race and this week is the 4th of July and I have the week off of work. My plan is to run a short and long run this week and then start my “no wine” detox for the 1-2 weeks before the race. What a trooper I am. We will see how that goes. Notice how I am vague about the length of time (“1-2 wks”). I guess you could say that I know my limitations…..