There are plenty of things I want to do, running-wise, in 2016, but I’m picking four main goals, two of which are holdovers from previous years.
- Run that less-than-50-minute 10K. Despite getting times of 50:15 and 50:20 in 2014, I never made it under 50 minutes, and then my 10K times during 2015 were much slower. So, this goal continues once again into 2016.
- Run 1,200 miles. I was only about 30 miles off from achieving this goal in 2015, so I definitely think it’s doable — I’ll just have to stay on track.
- PR in the marathon. Even if it’s only by a second, I want to earn a new personal record in the marathon. I don’t want my fastest marathon to forever be my first marathon. And, I signed up for a flat marathon for March (Shamrock!).
- Do more strength/core training. The more I read about running, the more I start to feel bad about not really doing other exercise beyond running. I know I’m supposed to do strength/core training, so I’m going to make an effort to do more of that this year.
There are other things I’d like to do during 2016 that I won’t make official goals. One of them is to lose weight, which I’m not including as an official goal because it seems cliche. (I also just finished a peppermint mocha latte — with skim milk — and had some pieces of a half-pound Reese’s cup today, but I’ll do better…)
I also would love to try being a pacer at a race. I want to run in more cool places, too.
I already have signed up for three races for 2016 — the Shamrock Marathon, the Across the Bay 10K and the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Half Marathon. I’m sure there will be more.
And, I do have a few goals for my blog this year, which you can help with if you wish!
- Surpass 100 blog followers. I currently have 43 blog followers between email and WordPress followers. I’d like to get as many as possible, but to keep the goal reasonable, I’ll go for 100. It’s easy to follow the blog from my homepage (sherunsbytheseashore.com).
- Gain more views than I did this year. This year, I had 6,383 views on my blog. Nothing to scoff at, but why not shoot for the stars?
- Get to 400 Facebook likes. I currently have 248 likes on Facebook, and I’m happy to have a very engaged audience there. So, I’d like to grow this audience, hopefully surpassing 400. Don’t already like my page? It’s at www.Facebook.com/SheRunsbytheSeashore, and you can invite your friends, too.
What would you like to see from this blog in 2016? I’m interested in your input!