Okay, wait a minute.
I have a my January goals to get through and suddenly its FEBRUARY?
I have been trying to find my mojo lately and I figured I would write up some goals, set up a game plan and BOOM, all done.
All I have done in January is go to Walt Disney World, Got sick and by sick I mean I was considering death as an option for recovery, and Work. All of the above kept me otherwise occupied. I have been doing physio for my knee, planks and some other routinely horrible ‘healthy’ things for my muscles. Its not as bad as it sounds tho, I never regret doing them, the starting is just the hard part.
So that left me with needing a game plan for the rest of the year.
And by game plan, I mean race commitments.
I thought about what I really want to do to enhance my running.
I want to become a faster 5k runner.
To achieve this I need to stop signing up for so many 21.1km distances. That’s hard. Races are fun and medals are shiny.
I sat down and thought very carefully about what I need and what I want and what is doable.
Goal #1: Run a faster 5km distance
If I am being honest here, I could run a faster 5k distance today. What holds me back are, waiting for my dog to sniff stuff. Stopping to take photos. Stopping to drink water.
Okay… all those are excuses.
Here is my plan: 2 days a week, I will do speed work, Hills or stairs one day and sprints another. I will ride my bike a third day, this will increase my turnover rate and is a good cross train option). Sundays will be my LSD run with me actually doing it the correct way, checking my heart rate, keeping in my zone that will be the optimal for increasing my capillaries and targeting cardio strength. My first 5K distance will be the St. Patrick’s Day 5k down at Fort Edmonton. It comes with a medal, breakfast AND an ugly shirt! We all know how I run for medals, some people need Beer/Coffee/Coke as their carrot at the finish line, I need a medal.
My second one is a Virtual Run that I will use as a race, It is the Enchanted Tiki Run and My goal race for April 11, 2015. I will run my second 5k and compare time with the St. Patrick 5k.
The next Race for May will be the May the Fourth be with you series from DAWS. DAWS is a charitable foundation that me and my pals have founded/created. It is something that I am HUGELY proud of and we raise money to directly support families with Spinal Muscular Atrophy. You can read all about it here. Part of our Fundraising efforts are virtual runs. Currently there is a Royal Guard Run happening, but May the 4th (get it? May the fourth (force) be with you? Haaaa? Haaaaa?) That will be the Yavin Run. All Star Wars fans know what the Yavin medal is. Where Chewy gets snubbed because it is a racist moment and Han and Luke get the great honour bestowed upon them by Princess Leia.
I hope to be faster than my St. Pat’s Run! I will use the same course for both virtuals, Hawerlak Park, fast, flat and 2 loops is 5km.
Then my head turns to my next Goal
Goal #2: Keep Momentum going and run a PR a 10km.
By April, I will be adding distance to my LSD days so I can run a decent 10km. The Goal Race for my 10k is the Edmonton Run for Pie 10k Trail run because HELLO? A PIE RUN! There will be PIE at the finish…so hellsya! who needs more motivation than that?
Goal #3: Build a 18km base.
Why? Because I want to run a half marathon whenever I damn well fell like it. If my base is 18km, I am ALWAYS ready! To do this, I will increase my LSD distances as well as my weekly totals. Keep up will hills/stairs and sprints. Keep up with core and weights. Likely lose more weight a long the way.
Goal # 4: Run Disney’s Dumbo Double Dare
I had to defer this race from last year because of surgery. Lets face it, last year blew and I am glad it is over. I will run a 10km on Saturday of the September long weekend and then on Sunday, run the Disneyland 10th Anniversary Half Marathon. PR will not be on for this weekend because I want to have a good time and stop for #runfies and say hey to Sean Astin because I have secretly loved him since Goonies.
Goal #5: Run Disney’s Wine and Dine
Why? I like wine and I like dine! Simple math. Plus you run through 3 parks without it being a marathon. I am not quite ready for a Marathon. I am saving that for when I can run a 1/2 marathon in 2:30. I’m okay with a 5:30/6 marathon but on my feet longer than that and just shoot me now. My first marathon wants to be a major, like Chicago, New York or Berlin. I’ll save it for something moments like my 50th birthday.
There you have it.
My goals, my plan and my vision. It starts now.