1. Get Faster. I spent last year building up distance and more generally, just enjoying running. Did my first half marathons in a number of years. My times (2:31, then 2:27) weren't great in comparison to where I was about 5 years back (1:57). I'm not hung up on the slower pace, but do want to eventually get back to where I was. With absolutely no scientific reasoning (or really any cognitive contemplation), I've decided I'd like to get down below 2:10 this year. And then mount a challenge for under 2:00 the following year. I'm targeting a local half that looks kinda hilly (but is all down hill the last 7 miles!) in June, and a really really really flat half on the Rhode Island coast in September. If I put in the work, I'm pretty confident I can run the latter strong and end up with a good time.
I know that speed work a good way to get faster. I'm planning on using the high school track in the spring, but will need to educate myself on how/what best to do there. Any of you that regularly do speed work, I would love to hear what you do and what you think might work for me.
2. Stay Healthy. Just like every other runner on the planet, I don't like being injured. I think my previous PF & ITB issues were the result of a few things that I should be able to control. The main one was committing to a half when I simply didn't have enough time in life to properly train, and then trying to 'catch up' the miles as the race neared. That was stupid. And I paid the price. I also did very little in the way of general exercise, aside from running. In 2020, I want to incorporate regular exercises into my running habit. I started with push-ups before most runs about 2 months ago and am starting to see some results there. My core is... um... well... let's just say I need to start adding core exercises too! 😂 I also have a series of leg/glute/abductor/adductor exercises that I want to add into the mix. These things will keep me in better shape and hopefully ward of injuries. The only issue is that during the week, I run early in the morning and adding more to the routine may mean waking up even earlier. But I like sleep a lot. 😉 I'll figure it out because I know I need to do these things.
3. Do Everything I Can to Make My Wife's Sojourn into Running Successful for Her! Yup, after many many years of DW not having any real desire to run, she's decided to this is the year she starts running. 👍 In December, I pointed out to her that the Hartford Marathon Foundation, which organizes many races during the year, has put together a series she might be interested in - a 'progressive' challenge of a 5K in May, a 10K in June and 13.1 in October. She bit! She's already signed up for all 3 and has her run plan (a modified none to run program) figured out through the 10K. She's going to put together the plan from 10K to Half as it gets nearer based on how she's doing, which I think is a smart approach. While I was at work today, she sent me a text that she did her first walk/run and "I didn't die. LOL" So it has officially started. I'm psyched for her. I told her that when she starts running outside (in the spring), I'll plan on running with her on the weekends at whatever pace she wants to run, and I will run all 3 races with her. For someone who runs 99% of his runs solo, I couldn't be any happier to have a run buddy! Should be good. I'll report on her progress as time goes by. Her history is accomplishing just about every goal she sets for herself, so I have no doubt she will cross the finish line at the Hartford Half in October. Boom!
That's about it from here, Loop. Hope you all have a great week!
- Apple Pie