In 2021, I was successful in meeting three of my four goals. The year seemed to go well, so my 2022 goals are pretty similar, with a few tweaks. They are challenging but reasonable.
- Keep up the monthly 1600-meter runs for speed and run sub-8:00 by the end of the year. Back when I was going into high school (in 2004… it’s been a while!), I had to run a sub-8:00 mile (1600-meter run) to make it onto the soccer team. I did that, but I didn’t make the team, and not being that great at other sports was what led me to running. Since then, I’ve always seen sub-8:00 as an ideal fast mile standard for me. I just looked back on my running logs, and the last time I ran a sub-8:00 mile was in 2016. However, with these regular efforts and an added focus on speed, I am going to try to make it happen again in 2022.
- Beat two of my distance times from 2020/2021. Since I’m not close to my personal records at this time, I can really only compare my current running race paces to more recent years. So, I’m bringing back the goal of beating two of my times for standard distances — 5K, 10K, 10-miler, half marathon and marathon — for 2022. However, instead of just looking at my 2021 times, I’m making the goal to beat my fastest time at that distance from the past two years.
- Finish the Algonquin 50K. In 2021, I set a goal of beating my time from 2017, but this year, I really just want to finish the Algonquin 50K, since I wasn’t able to finish last year. The cutoff is 8 hours, so I will be happy if I come in at 7:59:59, as long as I finish. If I beat my time from 2017, that’s an added bonus.
Here’s to 2022!