Moving Forward: My 5 New Running Goals

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | running

Nov 22

Happy Friday!  Last Friday marked my final day of Physical Therapy, which was so surreal and bittersweet.  I truly hope that 3rd time’s a charm and I never go back!

Workouts so far this week:

Monday: Dynamic warm up, 30 minute “run” (5 minute walk, 1 minute jog)

Wednesday:  Core and More Class

Thursday:  Light dynamic warm up, 30 minute “run” (4 minute walk, 2 minute jog), Boot Camp Class

I’m feeling EXTRA sore today after some intense circuits in Boot Camp that left my abs in tears (4 sets of 1 minute planks??!).  But I plan to do my 30 minute “run” of 3 minute walk, 3 minute jogging on Saturday morning out in the elements, with my favorite dynamic warm up moves!  Outside of the gait analysis I had, I haven’t run outside since September!

Here are a couple of pics of the workouts I did on Monday in the gym.  They’re part of a package that was given to me by my Physical Therapist.  A whole lot going on!

Dynamic warmup exercises

Dynamic warmup exercises

Various hip and

Various hip strengthening, core and balance exercises

Since I’ve moved on from PT, I have started to come up with my new running goals.  These should carry me into 2014 smoothly, and hopefully take me to the biggest goal of all:  completing a marathon!

My Goals Moving Forward

  1. Continue strength training and injury-prevention exercises, no less than 3 days a week.
  2. Slowly increase my mileage and transition back into bona fide running, 3 days a week.
  3. Hire a running coach and focus on improving form.
  4. Complete a 5K in the Spring.
  5. Run a half marathon by the end of 2014.
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Notice how there’s no mention of pace in these goals?  In the past, I have been so obsessed with my speed (LACK thereof).  With all that I have gone through (Runner’s Knee, foot stress fracture, plantar fasciitis), I’m just happy that I can still pursue running.  I can’t worry about being slower than the next guy.  I have to be MY best.

I think my goals are very realistic and force me to practice the patience I so desperately need.  Hopefully, I’ll be crossing things off over the next several months and staying injury-free!  Fingers crossed!

What are your running goals for 2014?  

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