Oiselle posted a blog post that really resonated with me about setting goals and rejecting the distractions. This post beautifuly describes where I am with my running right now...on the edge of reaching new heights.
I am goal orientated person. Goals, to-do lists and game plans keep me focused and help guide my daily path. I have been like this since I can remember. (Anyone who has ever worked with me, knows all about my fluid to-do lists) Over the years I have learned, analysis and setting goals works better for me on periodic basis rather than at the beginning of each year, when all the cool kids are setting New Year resolutions. I find breaking goals up into smaller, more achievable ones versus long term options help me not get overwhelmed but enjoy the process of meeting that goal and getting to cross it off my to-do list. I tend to sit down and review my goals on a quarterly basis. The change of seasons, finishing a goal race, or even watching someone inspiring reach new heights are times I find are best to hit reset and adjust as necessary.
With that being said, I have spent the last couple of months of 2016 without any running/training agenda. Breaks are necessary, but for me, so is structure. No personal running goals, or game plans has been such a welcomed way to keep me sane and prevent running burnout, but now it is time to get back to my routines and get out the door training.
This year it will be different. Last year was about trying new things. This year its about taking some of the new experiences I enjoyed, doing them again, but with bigger expectations. I want to race events (not just run), I want to hit times that will place me in the top bracket of my age group, and do this while still finding a balance between personal and running life. I know I need to step out of my fitness comfort zone, digging deep to get stronger and faster yet making sure the experience brings me joy (aka prevent burnout).
What's first in my Flight Plan for 2017? A base building training cycle.
As you know, I absolutely fell in love with trail running, and I intend to take what I learned dig even deeper this year and maybe even take a few more risks. However, since I took a couple months off from scheduled running, I recognize the fact that I need to build a strong running base in order to be a stronger trail runner. When I was offered a chance to run a couple winter half marathon in Southern California as part of the Bib Rave ambassadorship I knew that was the perfect way to get myself back on the roads to focus on running form, speed work and most of all my mental strength (the monotony of running roads can break me down).
Here are my key races for now. I will figure out more trail running options in spring.
But my first quarter goals don’t stop at running. I have also committed to incorporating a few things into my life on a regular basis with the hope that they become permanent routines.
Road racing training season has begun. I am committing to hitting new heights, while rejecting things that don't allow for balance in my life. #wheelsup2017