New Year’s resolutions

In no order, and not particularly in order of importance (see No. 8 especially, which should be higher, like at No. 1).

  1. To run at least four times a week.
  2. To strength train at least three times a week.
  3. To run more than a 5K in training. I can’t seem to break the barrier, except for once in a while. I have a graph on RunLog and it shows a steady line at 5K. (Yawn!)
  4. To run more than a 5K in races. My first goal is a 10-K, which should be the Laurel Festival Footrace in June (not sure of the date yet, but I’ll find out).
  5. To run in a half-marathon by the end of the year, if not two. Kim thinks I can run in a marathon by October, at the Marine Corps Marathon. Personally, I don’t want to rush it. My goal is by 2009, which I know will be before then, but not this year, I don’t think. I need to get in better shape first and I want it to be a steady improvement, steady, but not too fast.
  6. To run the Camptown Races this fall, preferably with my dad, if he can do it, or maybe the Laurel Classic, if it’s a better course than Camptown, which I’m sure it is.
  7. To finish the year at a consistent 8-minute per mile pace in training and races. Right now, I have to push it to make 10 minutes. I usually average around 11 minutes a mile in training; not sure of races yet.
  8. To keep track of my running better via RunLog, training log from Runner’s World, etc.
  9. To learn more about heart rates, BMIs, all the physical fitness “things” I don’t know, but should know (consult Jon Sovocool), to see how it can help me improve my times.
  10. To run trails, to run more hills, period.
  11. To run a trail race within the next two years.

2 responses to “New Year’s resolutions

  1. Shieldmaiden96

    Chew on this:In the 2005 Marine Corps Marathon there were 2018 Men in the 35-39 age group.Of these only 454 ran a faster pace than NINE MINUTES. The remaining 1564 runners ran a 9:00 pace or slower. 18 Weeks is all you need. Registration starts May 29th.

  2. Shieldmaiden96

    The Runner’s World Complete Book of Running outlines a marathon training program of 18 weeks in duration. Not three years, babydoll. 18 Weeks. You could follow it, do every proscribed week twice, fool around for a month and STILL be ready for Marine Corps 06. The only part of your body that isn’t ready to take it on is between your ears. Its doing the thing that is a little bit scary that keeps us motivated. Too many baby steps are a bore. As the Marines would say, SUCK IT UP AND GO!I don’t care that you aren’t a Marine. Neither are most of the people who run the MCM, including the 84 year old man we met last summer.