2017 Running Goals Review. 2018 Plans.
As a lot us do at year-end, I like to evaluate "how last year went" and make goals for the new year. So, here we go:
- 2017 Goals were: Stay Injury Free/ Have Fun / Consistency / Complete first marathon / PB in 5k and Half.
- I only accomplished one of those goals: Complete first marathon.
- Ran the RNR DC marathon in March.
- Hit the wall - hard - at mile 23. But I did finish. So, accomplished - but not well.
- All other goals not accomplished.
- I did have two pretty good races in the Spring of 2017
- Ran my first road mile race a few seconds faster than McMillan would have predicted based on my 5k PR
- Ran my first 10 mile race about a minute faster than McMillan calculates based on my HM PR.
- So...what happened in 2017?
- Well...as my last post mentioned, I got hurt - pretty badly - in August/September and that ended my year.
- Why did I get hurt?
- I ignored the initial "something's not right" warning signs - because I had pretty much the whole year "planned out" and was not willing to cut back.
- I had months of running daily workouts plans, weekly volume totals planned out.
- I was unwilling to adjust my plans "just because" I felt over-trained, burnt out, and had constant nagging small injuries.
- My internal 2017 goals are "results oriented" - race performance numbers. They are NOT process oriented.
- So - even though two of my goals were to "not get hurt", and "have fun" the race performance goals were more important to me.
- I was unwilling to adjust my weekly running plans because I thought it would affect my race time goals that "I envisioned" I could make.
- So - going forward I NEED to change my mindset to be oriented to daily goals and NOT specific race time performance.
- Process NOT Outcome. Last year I fixated on an outcome goal like "Marathon under 3:00", and not let it go - even when I knew I should.
- ONE day at a time - now I sound like an NFL quarterback, or a MLB coach.
- But really - my goal is to evaluate how I feel today. How did today go? Should I adjust tomorrow's run based on how felt today?
- EVERY DAY make sure I am doing what is best for my running and health. Honest evaluation.
- For this to work for me - means I will NOT make a running schedule more than a week or two out.
- This will be VERY difficult for me.
- I make plans a LONG way out for most things in my life. It's just the way I am.
- Obviously a coach would help. I'm just ready to take that step (and expense). Although that might cost less than 3-months of PT!
- The only race on my calendar is the 2018 Philly Marathon in November.
- I had signed up for the 2017 race, but got hurt.
- The race organizers were nice enough to allow me to apply my registration fee to the 2018 race. I have NO time goal.
- I HOPE I will be able to complete other races throughout the year.
- I HOPE I will be able to go into each race WITHOUT a "planned" finish time. Just go race and the outcome is what it is (back to that "one day at a time" thing).
- I will TRY to not compare myself to others or my prior self.
- At this point I don't know what I'm capable of this year.
- I have to get 100% healthy first. I don't know what this year will bring. And, I have to be okay with that.