Without further ado ... here are my goals for 2011!
Set some PR's - I want more PRs this year. I know I have it in me to improve upon my current PR's. This year there will be more speed work, more hills, more intervals. I want to improve on everything from the 5K to the half marathon. The times I'm aiming for are not significantly faster, but I know that even this little bit will be an achievement.
- 5K - 24:30 ... 7:54/mile (current 24:53)
- 10K - 49:59 ... 8:04/mile (current 50:59)
- Half Marathon - 1:55:00 ... 8:46/mile (current unofficial 1:57:??)
- Grouse Grind - 49:59 (current 50:54) **mountain hike
Cross Training - This year I'm putting more emphasis on cross training - most specifically weights. Lately when I've done a bit of weight work I feel it ... big time. This tells me that running alone is not enough. Also, not that I've had alot of injuries, but the one's I've had, alot can pretty much be pinned on muscle weakness. Stronger muscles throughtout my entire body will help me run faster. My butt & abs are usually the first thing to get sore on a challenging run. That tells me something.
Along with the weights, I want to venture more. I've found a fantastic, willing, eager exercise partner who loves to go, go, go ... and I intend to go, go, go. Once the weather allows, I want to be hiking the mountains more, riding my bike more ... maybe even try kayaking or canoeing for something different.
In summary, while running is the most important to me, I'm going to put more effort into other areas of my life which will naturally help the running to improve (weight loss, cross training, running drills). Last year was mostly about distance covered and nothing else. That is great, but just covering miles isn't enough for what I want to achieve.