2016 Running Goals       

I asked for running tights in bold patterns for Christmas. Santa delivered.

I asked for running tights in bold patterns for Christmas. Santa delivered.

Since my last post, I managed to add another 16km and two additional runs to my 2015 summary. I did a fast run at home on my parents treadmill (you may remember it from that time I ran 32km on it), and a great run in my favourite Canadian cottage country on New Year’s Eve so I could test some funky new Nike tights I got for Christmas (Thanks Claire!) This might be my only run in the snow this year!

While not my best year in terms of mileage or number of runs, it was still something to be proud of: 5 races, a 5K PB and runs in 5 different countries!

For 2016, I have decided on some totally attainable goals. Something to strive for, but nothing outrageous. Here they are:

Run a sub-25 5K

In 2015, I realized I can actually run faster than I thought. I’m not the super slow runner I always labelled myself as. I managed a PB of 25:46 in a Park Run on 14 November. My goal for 2016 is to finally run a sub-25 minute 5K.

Run a sub-2:00 Half Marathon

I have run 5 half marathons. Once, in 2012, I just snuck in under that 2 hour threshold with a time of 1:59:23 in the Scotiabank Toronto Half Marathon. My goal is to do that again. With all my speed training I’ll be doing to get that sub-25 5K, this should be totally attainable.

Do my first multi-sport race

My husband has really gotten into triathlons lately and has been a positive influence on me to expand beyond running and embrace other sports like cycling and swimming. As a regular at my gym’s spin class, I am already a decent cyclist, but swimming is an altogether new and foreign event for me. I did my first swim on Monday night and I have a lot to learn. My swim cap leaked. It’s bright pink and meant for long hair, but it did not do a very good job protecting my blonde locks from the evils of chlorine. That’s what I get for buying athletic equipment based entirely on colour. My goggles hurt my face and left red, bruise-like marks under my eyes and I could barely swim one length without gasping for air and a nose full of water. I might have to settle for a duathlon in 2016, but I’ll continue swimming as a nice form of cross-training.

What are your running or fitness goals for 2016?

A run on Christmas Eve in Canada. 15C. No snow in sight.

A run on Christmas Eve in Canada. 15C. No snow in sight.

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