Better late than never, I wanted to share my 2016 goals. If you have been following my blog for the past couple of years (2014, 2015), I always had a long list of goals. I realized some of the goals were more “bucket list” or “to do list” items, such as learning to knit and calligraphy…hmmm maybe another post.
This year I wanted to take a more simplified approach to goal setting and narrowed it down to three categories: running, nutrition and triathlon.
Running – PR the Marathon
My main focus (running-wise) is to PR in the marathon distance and I know there is so much room for improvement. This year is all about getting prepared and strong (mentally and physically) for the Berlin Marathon in September. If I PR in other distances along the way (10K, half) that will be a bonus. After reviewing my lessons learned, here are some changes I have made/plan to make this year to achieve this goal:
- You may have guessed I started working with a coach, Mollie of Piece of Cake Running. I’m building my mileage (after some time “off” in the fall/winter) and enjoying the variety of workouts, advice, accountability and friendship.
- Quality weekday miles – the long run is not the only star of the show (which was the case for New York and Chicago).
- Strength training – this is an area that needs more consistency (I am no longer working with a trainer – the one I was primarily seeing last year moved to Philly). My legs fatigue much quicker than before, need to get back it.
- Core core core – so sore after both marathons! Cough…weakness! Yoga/barre are back in rotation.
Nutrition – Lose the lbs
I’ve gained some weight since Chicago. Decrease in exercise (Nov/Dec) + sweet tooth = extra lbs. I wish I gained that weight eating the most cheesiest and yummiest foods, not the case. A cookie here…another piece of bread there…it crept up little by little each week. In addition to all the health benefits of losing weight, there will also be running benefits. I see it as “free time” – there will be less weight to carry which should translate to an improved pace.
- Track my meals – I’ve been successful when I do this.
- Meal prep each week – lately it has been hit or miss.
Triathlon – Clip in the Bike
If all goes well I would like to participate in my first 70.3 (1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run) in 2017 or 2018. My major weakness is the bike. This year I would like to get comfortable clipping in/out of a (moving) bike (not just a stationary spin bike ;)) I will not participate in a 70.3 unless I am clipped in. I know more time on the bike/trainer will help me improve. If you see a fallen cyclist in Hains Point this spring -> likely me!
Any tips for getting comfortable clipping in?
Have you worked with a coach before?
In case you missed my Year in Review posts: