Three running goals for 2023

Selfie of Vanessa Junkin in winter gear with a sandy trail behind her.

I’ve already thought about my running goals for this year, but I finally have some time to sit down and put them out there to all of you blog readers as the first month of 2023 comes to an end.

  1. Finish the Algonquin 50K. I wanted to get this blog post done before Saturday, because after two years of DNFs, one key goal for 2023 is finishing the Algonquin 50K, which is just six days away. I’ve been putting in the work and feeling better than the past two years, so I’m going to give it my all, and I hope I can make it to the finish line without getting cut at an aid station.
  2. Beat all of my standard distance times from 2020-2022. For this challenge, I will be considering the 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon. I was thinking about going with two of these times like I did the past two years, but I’d really like to work on all of them. I think the hardest to beat may be my half marathon time of 2:20:31 at the Salisbury Half Marathon in 2021, but I’d like to give it a shot. 2019 was a fast year for me, so if I can beat any of those, that would be great, but I know it can be a long process to get faster. I’d also really like to get my 10K time back under an hour (which I last did in 2019) β€” that would be a bonus. To meet this goal, the times to beat, in addition to the half marathon time, are 28:47 for the 5K, 1:02:37 for the 10K and 5:29:15 for the marathon.
  3. Get that sub-8:00 time for a 1600-meter run. I’m convinced that with more speed work, I can get my time for the 1600-meter run under 8:00. I came close in 2022, with two 8:05s. I’d also like to keep running my fast 1600 at the beginning of each month, which I’ve already done for January.

Anyone have any similar goals for 2023? Good luck!