Much ass was kicked in 2014, so let’s keep it going in 2015, shall we?
1. Run a timed mile. I really have no excuse for not accomplishing this goal in 2014, so let’s do this. Just me, four laps around a track and hopefully no vomiting afterward.
2. Become a pacer. For the past couple years, when someone has asked me the classic “What would you do if you won the lottery?” question, my answer has been that I’d write, perform and be a distance-race pacer. Why a pacer? Because I love running, I’m good at keeping an even pace, and I’m a natural coach. But, you know, I don’t actually need to win the lottery to do that, so I’ve submitted a few applications to various running programs in Chicago. I am going to make it happen, even if it’s in an unofficial capacity. Anyone want help pacing for, say, a sub-hour 10K or sub-2-hour half? Holler at your girl.
3. Qualify for Boston. Yep, here we go again. I fell just short at the Chicago Marathon in October, so I’ve set my sights on the Illinois Marathon in April. Of course, I’m currently injured and don’t know if I’ll even be physically able to train properly for that race (let alone a BQ), so a fall marathon is probably more realistic. We shall see.
1. Place third or higher in my age group. I might have to run a small local 5K to do this, but I placed fifth in my age group at the Hudy 14K this year, and I think I could do better.
2. Run a marathon in the 3:30s. It would only be 4 minutes faster than I ran in Columbus this year. This goal feels within reach without having to add major mileage and speedwork, but it would ultimately blow my own mind. And isn’t that why we run?
3. Foster the love of running. My son, Owen, is a natural runner. He runs beautifully and effortlessly, and I plan to include him in some smaller races (to prevent injury since he won’t train) to see where it takes him. Maybe he will want to train for a more serious distance one day, maybe not. But he loves running and I want to plant the seed now, before he grows up and moves away. I can see running being our special bond for a very long time.
1. Run more unplugged miles. I love my Nike+, I do. In fact, coming off of our holiday running streak, I feel like I’m using social media to do exactly what it should do in regards to running — foster a sense of community and serve as a source of motivation. But this year, when I’m not streaking, I’d like to run more undocumented miles. To run by feel. To listen to my body. To just … run.
2. PR at the Bix. I really enjoyed training for the 2014 Bix, and I have a PR to show for it. This year, I’d like to do it again. I’m not going to set any land-speed records here, but goshdarnit, I will beat Brady Street once again.
3. Break the 2-hour barrier. The sub 2-hour half marathon is what you might call my white whale. I was THISCLOSE in Columbus in 2009 (2:01:49), back before I had kids and responsibilities and stuff. But I’m older and wiser, and man, I’d really like a half marathon time with a 1 in front of it. It’s a long haul, and it’ll require me to shave 9 minutes (uh, A LOT) off my 2014 half marathon time, but I think I can do it.