2009, in terms of running, was quite the year for me, starting out not too great, with a pelvic stress fracture in January, and ending with 6 races in a month and a half, and plenty in between. It was a year that deepened my love, and kind of obsession, with running. In order to continue that momentum, here are my running and fitness goals for 2010.
–Run 2 marathons. Cleveland in May and NYC in November.
–Run 5 half marathons. Luckily, there are loads in NYC throughout the year so this shouldn’t be too difficult. First up: Manhattan Half in 3 weeks!
–Get through the year (major) injury free. As I’ve hinted previously, I seem to be riddled with injuries: ITB problems, iffy knees, stress fracture. And currently, I’m having consistent problems with my left shin. I’m taking measures to have an injury free year. How??
–Foam roll EVERY DAY. Not just after running. For me, foam rolling, more than anything, can solve most injuries. It hurts like a bitch when I do it, but works true miracles. If I keep everything loose by foam rolling every day, hopefully I can prevent injuries instead of treating them. Also…
–Ice bath after EVERY RUN. This is another thing I swear by, and totally helped me get over shin splints 2 years ago. I need to do this again, because they work so well.
–Do weight training at least twice a week. Currently, I do no weight training, which probably leads to some of my injuries. I hate weights and the weight area at my gym is scary. I need to get over this, and start weights. I used to do it but just got out of the habit.
–Yoga class once a week and home practice at least 3 times a week. I’ll write more about yoga another day, but I am incredibly inflexible naturally (another source of injuries) and yoga has really helped that. I’ve been an on and off yoga-goer for the past 3 years and finally got into a weekly habit in July which I’ve continued.
–Keep a meticulous running log. Another on and off habit. Want to be ON this one this year.
–Get into the 2nd fastest (red bib) pace group for NYRR. Need a 7:30mm average pace in a race for that one. I think I’m almost there
–Find a running club that works for me and run regularly with other people. Already working on this one.
–Take a day off of formal exercise once a week. Something else I will touch on in another post, but I’m pretty much an exercise addict, and have a hard time taking rest days, another thing that leads to injuries (and I wonder why I get injured so much). I know, in the long run, it is much better for me to take a rest every once in a while.
–Find a place to swim and start swim workouts. Not sure how I’m going to do this as my gym doesn’t have a pool (worst, but cheapest gym ever), but I know swimming with be a great form of cross-training for me.
–Do a long run in each of the five boroughs.
–Do more trail running.
–Do more running sans music. I loved running December’s 15K with no music, and would like keep up with that and rely less on music.
–Sub 30 minute 4 mile; Sub 47 min 10K; 1:45 Half; 6:30 mile in the 5th Ave Mile
–A super random, but still fitness-related goal: read the New Yorker when doing non-running cardio at the gym instead of trashy stuff. Might as well do something for my mind as well as my body while workout out!!
–Put less pressure on myself in terms of running and have more fun.
I don’t have a mileage goal, and honestly have no idea how many miles I ran in the past year because I don’t keep a running log, so I have no barometer to bass a number off of. It will be fun, however, seeing where my numbers are.
Lots to do this year! I better get up and go running, then, to start off the year right.