After I began scripting this publish, I went again to have a look at my objectives for 2019. One 12 months in the past, precisely, I did the identical factor. There have to be one thing about being eight days into a brand new 12 months. January eighth have to be the day that I lastly really feel like I can share my objectives for 2020 out into the universe.
Along with objectives, I wish to set a phrase for the 12 months. One thing that units the intention to form my 12 months. Final 12 months I selected get pleasure from and man, did I ever get pleasure from final 12 months. It was one among my strongest operating years ever because of having a coach reign me in a bit and educate me that I don’t need to run mega miles like “everybody” says to run longer distances.
This 12 months, my phrase(s) of the 12 months are: chase journey.
For those who can’t inform, I’m sort of loving path and mountain operating today. I need to proceed to chase grime (and snow) ribbons. I need to head north extra usually to the Whites to run, hike and discover. I need to discover extra of our neighboring states of Vermont and Maine. I need to chase extra sunrises and sunsets (this can be a from a woman who falls asleep at eight p.m.). I need do extra weekend street journeys with the fam. I need to attempt skate snowboarding. I need to attempt skijorning. I need journey out on my paddleboard.
I really feel like I must chase extra on a regular basis adventures in my life.
Alright, again to objectives. I’ve to say I’m fairly stoked about the way it went down for my objectives of 2019. Right here’s a recap of some health/operating associated that I shared.
Do an un-assisted pull up – INCOMPLETE
I used to be centered and so shut early within the 12 months however then I tweaked my neck and took a break. I’ve been doing eccentric pull ups on the fitness center for the previous few weeks so I’m feeling that momentum once more.
Mount Washington Highway Race – COMPLETE
The lottery gods shined down on me and I made it in once more after a three 12 months hiatus. The climate and a bonk tried to derail my PR plans however I earned a 7 minute PR. I really like that race a lot however I’m nonetheless on the fence about coming into the lottery for this 12 months.
Loon Mountain Race – COMPLETE
I actually thought I used to be going to have an enormous breakthrough at Loon Mountain this 12 months. Final 12 months was wonderful and this 12 months I felt even stronger. However you by no means know what can occur on race day. I positively didn’t anticipate rolling my ankle severely 17 minutes into the race on essentially the most runnable a part of the course. It harm my confidence however I nonetheless eeked out a 1:42 PR. I wasn’t going to surrender!
First 50okay! – COMPLETE
After years of desirous to do a 50okay, I lastly did it. In fact, it was something however unusual as a result of that might be boring. I completed the Vermont 50okay slower than I anticipated however that’s what occurs when the bees get you and also you load up on Benadryl. Lol!
There have been loads of issues I didn’t accomplish in 2019. That’s the glory of objectives – you don’t nail them on a regular basis they usually don’t have an expiration date. It’s not like they blow up at midnight on December 31. You possibly can simply hold going for that objective within the new 12 months. Or you possibly can resolve that’s not one thing you have an interest in anymore. It’s okay to fail.
In order that brings me to my objectives for 2020. These are only a few issues that I’m going to be working in the direction of this 12 months.
PR within the 50okay – Now that I do know what to anticipate from the gap, I need to enhance…and never get stung by a number of bees and must take Benadryl. I do know I can’t forestall that however a minimum of I do know I received’t have a serious allergic response this time. I nonetheless haven’t settled on the race however I’m leaning in the direction of a pair which can be in August or September. It’s a lot simpler to get lengthy path runs in throughout the summer season than spring. As soon as I choose the race, then I’ll nail down a time objective.
Do a minimum of one unassisted pull up – I can’t let this objective go away. I’ve needed to perform simply ONE for years.
Run my first 30okay path race – I’m registered for the Gunstock Trailfest 30okay in Might. For those who’ve been a reader right here for a while, you realize that I am going to Gunstock usually searching for vert. It’s their first 12 months internet hosting this trailfest that has distances from the 5k – 50 miler. I used to be tempted to run the 50okay however determined to stay with the 30okay as a result of it’s so arduous to coach with child sports activities within the spring. I’m excited for this race as a result of so many pals are operating it.
Run/hike the Pemi Loop – That is one other objective that I’ve had in thoughts for years. With all of my ankle points, I used to be afraid to even try it as a result of the rocks within the Whites can simply tear you up. It’s about 30 miles with over 7400 ft of elevation acquire with views to die for. I’m feeling extra assured in myself and am prepared to provide it a go.
Break 1:30 at Loon Mountain Race – I felt very assured that I had that in me final 12 months. However the ankle sprain did me in. This 12 months, I’m going again and searching for one thing with a 1:2x.
Proceed to elevate heavy and energy prepare 2-3x/week – I’ve all the time accomplished some type of energy coaching however I’ve actually discovered a very good circulate with it in 2019. It’s working so I’m going with it.
That’s it for proper now however after all, I’m certain I’ll discover different issues alongside the way in which to work on.
The largest objective I’ve is to have FUN. I really like operating and I need to have enjoyable whereas I’m doing it. The second I begin to complain about “having” to run is the second I must discover a new love.
Right here’s to chasing journey in 2020!
What objectives are you chasing this 12 months?