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12.22.09: My five running goals for 2010

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Every year, I make New Year’s resolutions and when I was younger, I would wrap up the end of the year by glancing back at my many failures: 10 pounds I had not lost, bad words I had continued to say, grades that never became a 4.0 average.  It was—and is still for many people—the norm to forget one’s “resolutions” two weeks into the year.

About three years ago, I started thinking about my “resolutions” in a new way.  What about, instead of making “resolutions,” what if I set a list of goals for each year?  And in those three years, I have seen a shift.  In 2008, I accomplished 90 percent of the goals I set.  In 2009, I am about at the same pace. 

It is easy.  Each year, I lay out five personal goals I want to meet and five professional ones.  I pick publications I want to be published in, subjects I want to write about and running times I would like to see.  They are tangible.  I can take steps to get there.  And it works.

This year I have running goals.  Here they are:

1.)  I want to qualify for the 2011 Boston Marathon on May 2, 2010.

2.)  I want to run a half marathon in under 1:40.

3.)  I want to get my 5k time below 22 minutes, preferably even below 21.

4.)  I want to find a new and different race for the fall (if I have qualified for Boston) that will challenge me in new ways.

5.)  I want to stretch better, ice and recover better and rest when I need it.

So there it is.  I can see the steps I need to take to meet each goal.  More speed training, definitely more hill repeats if I plan to qualify and most importantly focus.  I need to eat a more balanced diet, tailored to my running.  And I need to lose 10 pounds.

(The fact is, in racing, every little pound counts.  Yes, you can plod a marathon with some extra flab, but you can’t run it.  And I need to run.  Of course dieting and running rarely mix, so the plan is to find a way to incorporate weight loss without compromising nutrition.)

I also need to scout out interesting fall races.  I know there is a half marathon trail run somewhere in New England I am interested to try.  If I have already qualified for Boston in the Spring, then I will try some trail running over the summer to train for that.  Or maybe I will find a fall race in an interesting location and we can take a family trip to run it. 

We’ll see. The goals I have listed are absolutely in order.  If number one does not happen, I will not move onto number two until number one is done.  This is the plan that works for me.  And I am so excited to see what 2010 brings.  So, let’s get to it.

Happy new year.  May you all meet your own goals as well.

Sasha Brown-Worsham is a writer, a mother and an unabashed, unashamed runaholic. Check her progress each week as she trains to qualify for the Boston Marathon.

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