April 1, 2016

5 Running goals and how they evolved

It's Friday and we are linking up with Mar, Courtney and Cynthia for the Friday Five. Many thanks to these lovely ladies of DC who host this weekly linkup.  Be sure to check out some of the other posts. The 1st Friday of the month is fitness Friday and I thought it would be fun to look back on my running goals and how they evolved.

As runners, there are many ways to establish goals, the most common being the finish time on the clock at your races. Earning a new Personal Best time is always very satisfying, but sometimes not the easiest thing to do.  Some runners prefer to run as many races as possible, while others race just a few times a year to have a better chance at improving their speed.  There are clubs such as Marathon Maniacs and Half Maniacs for those runners who do alot of races of those distances close together.  This is something that I have avoided as an older runner, but is very popular for some.  Going back to the fall of 2010, when I first laced up a pair of running shoes, I just tried to survive half marathon training so I could get to the starting line of the Princess Half in one piece.  But here are the five biggest running goals that I have accomplished, while none except one includes the time element.

1. My first and only running goal was to complete the 2011 Princess Half Marathon and hang up said running shoes.  While the race did not turn out exactly as we had planned,  the discovery for me that I enjoyed racing and running was made.  More running was in my future and I came home from the race weekend excited about choosing my next race.


2. My second goal was to complete a runDisney coast to coast challenge (running a half marathon at Disneyland and at Disney World during the same calendar year) which would result in a lovely medal for the accomplishment.  Talking my sister into traveling to California was not too hard and by the end of 2011, I was hooked on the sport. After completing this goal, I scoured the internet for more races and the obsession had begun.  Still training on my own and using books and the Jeff Galloway training plans I found online helped me gain more speed as I raced more frequently.



3. Several months later, I made the decision to run a marathon.  Why would I want to make this easy on myself?  With just over two years of running under my belt, after my start to running, I challenged myself with not just the marathon distance, but the Goofy Challenge as my first experience running 26.2 miles. This was not the easiest way to start running marathons, but it was the reason I started because I loved the runDisney races.  After following a training plan and achieving this goal of running a half marathon and then a full marathon the next day, it was time to consider what would be next.

4.  When the announcement came that runDisney was offering the Dopey Challenge in January of 2014, four races in four days including the Family 5k, the Minnie 10k, the Donald Half Marathon and the Mickey Marathon,  I knew this was the perfect way to celebrate a milestone birthday.  So to celebrate my 60th birthday, I ran all these races with Christine after training for 5 months.  We worked really hard to make the marathon our goal race and both of us had PR's by a substantial amount, I was even within striking distance of a Boston Marathon qualifying time missing it by just over 6 minutes.
Dopey Challenge complete
5.  My fifth running goal was probably my biggest one of all.  Never did I think that two months after the Dopey Challenge I would be lining up for the Quintiles Wrightsville Beach Marathon in 2014.  But after returning home and talking with my coach, it was a good time for me to try for a Boston Qualifying time (BQ). The goal time of 4:25 for my age group seemed doable after my recent Dopey Challenge results so with the help of another runner, I ran a qualifying time of 4:18.

The flowers I received from Christine and the book on my night stand after the race!

6. Bonus goal:  In just a few weeks, I will be lining up with thousands of other runners in Greenwich, England to run the London Marathon.  This will be my third marathon major and while I don't have a specific time goal in mind, I hope to be finished around 4:35-4:45. With my training a little behind due to my January IT band injury, I'm being cautious so I complete the race with a smile.

How do you establish your running goals?  Do you make new goals each year?
(Pam)




41 comments:

  1. I can't believe it is already April! So excited for you, Pam :) My running goals evolve year to year - looking back at my 2013 self (when I started blogging), I would have NEVER guessed I would be where I am today and what my goals are. I wonder what my goals will be 5, 10 years down the line.

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    1. Isn't it amazing how we surprise ourselves with what we can accomplish? I bet in 5 years will have completed alot more marathons and probably most, if not all of the majors!

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  2. Wow!! What an awesome evolution. So awesome for you to have all your hard work pay off. Have a fabulous time in London!!

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    1. Thanks, I'm really excited about London and seeing lots of friends when we are there.

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  3. I have so enjoyed following your running journey, Pam...especially your qualifying for Boston and running the Boston Marathon! You've come so far in just a few short years, it really is an inspiration! :) Best of luck in London!!

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    1. Thanks so much Karen. I was hoping you were at the hospital today and not blog reading. Can't wait for your little bundle to arrive!

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  4. I sort of fell into running and then realized that 10 milers are my preferred race distance, so my goal is usually focused on running all the 10 milers I can find. So excited for you for London!

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    1. That's interesting that 10 miles is your favorite race. I have only done one and probably did not pace myself the best, but it also was a night race. Have a great time at Cherry Blossom this weekend.

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  5. I'm like you, my goals keep evolving! I'd still love to run Boston but right now my goal is to run pain free (after Big Sur, of course!)

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    1. I hope Big Sur is a really great experience for you Wendy. Sometimes running without a time goal and just enjoying the experience is better for big races.

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  6. Amazing! After running a few halfs, I came up with that goal of running one in every state. I like to travel; I've only seen about half of the country. :)

    It keeps me always motivated -- I never bail on runs unless very sick or injured, and I never shorten them. Since I only do 2-3 halfs a year, and by the end of the year (hopefully) I'll only be about a quarter of a way through the states -- it is, as they say, the proverbial journey, not the destination.

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    1. I love your goal of running in all the states. I have alot more to visit to complete that list too. We have seen much of the world due to work locations, but not enough of our own country.

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  7. My goal last year was the run a 1/2 marathon and I accomplished that! Now I want to be a faster runner!

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  8. WOW!! You dream big! Congrats on achieving all your goals. I am optimistic about London.

    When I started running, I had goal - run a 5k, run a 5k under 30 min, run a half marathon.

    After I had ankle surgery, I realized that my running could have ended. So my goal setting did end. Now I just want to run pain free. If I get faster, that's cool. If not, at least I run.

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    1. Darlene don't sell yourself short. You run alot of races and seem to earn age group prizes frequently. And, you are great about supporting the running community with GOTR!

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  9. My sister and I also had the goal to complete the Coast to Coast Challenge. Our other goal is to complete all the Disney races at some point. We will be able to cross one more off our list this yr bc we are running the Wine and Dine. I hope we get good weather this yr for it. Since in yrs past it wasn't the greatest.Congrats in reaching your racing goals. I can't believe London is right around the corner.-L

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    1. We also had wanted to do all the Disney races once, but now I am on the fence with that one. I really liked those races alot more in the beginning but maybe with a little break I will get excited about them again.

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  10. You've had quite the evolution, Pam, and definitely haven't held back in terms of pushing yourself to accomplish great goals. I can't wait to virtually cheer you on this month while you're running through the streets of London!

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    1. Thanks so much Kathryn. Sometimes I wonder if I have pushed too hard when I come up with an injury like in January. I do know that I never should have tried to race the Mickey Marathon in January after NYC. Live and learn.

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  11. Wow. That's some amazing goal evolution there. Honestly, I make goals for each race I sign up to run. Some are PR goals, some are based off the work I put into training, which may mean I didn't work hard enough to run a PR. Unfortunately I still tie a lot of my emotional feelings about a race to my time & if I met my goal. I'm trying to separate from that, but it's not always easy.

    For my upcoming HM my goal is sub2:00. I've never run that on this course before, but I've done that several times, so it's not out of reach. I need to work on my pacing better as this race tends to start quickly & everyone shuffles along way too fast the first few miles.

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    1. Sounds like you are very goal oriented. It is hard to train well and then be disappointed in a race time, but let's face it, weather and course conditions can make or break a race. Good luck with your upcoming half.

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  12. What an amazing running journey Pam! And I know you will do amazing in London!!! Can't wait to follow you!

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    1. Thanks Mindy. I hope to have a really joyful day and enjoy all the sights and the other runners.

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  13. You have done such an amazing job of conquering all your goals! Enjoy The London Marathon! I look forward to reading all about it!!

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    1. Thanks for the support Diane. I am so excited about our trip to London.

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  14. Wow, these are major milestones. I ran for about 5 or 6 years before thinking about a race (I am not a big competitor). And it took another 5 years for me to decide on a first marathon. Galloway has been good to me, will see after Sunday !
    Good luck for the last few weeks of training for London.

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    1. Well, I never would have started to run if my daughter had not asked me to run the Princess Half Marathon in February of 2011. So races were a part of my running from the beginning. The Galloway plan is great and I hope it works well for your race on Sunday. Can't wait to hear all about it.

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  15. Good luck on your marathon! I've yet to run my firdt half this September. I'm thrilled!

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    1. That is really exciting Olena. Try to soak up everything on race day.

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  16. Wow you have seriously crushed some major running goals! How impressive

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    1. Thanks Deb, it's really been fun evolving as a runner.

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  17. WoW!!!!! I have been following you for a short while, but have not had time to read through some of your impressive history! I recently did a "coast-to-coast" challenge of my own in running races in California and Florida (and, actually got AG awards for both)....but no special Coast2Coast recognition other than that LOL I look forward to seeing what happens in Greenwich!

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    1. Congrats Kimberly on your C2C and AG awards on both coasts. I love the plaques from the runDisney races and have several as part of my shrine! :) I am excited about London and race day should be really fun

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  18. You are such an impressive runner that is clearly dedicated to training well! I usually set goals each year but after injuries and some family illness this year, I didn't set any goals for myself. I find myself struggling without any races on the calendar or major goals this year so I can definitely see the benefits of having goals!

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    1. With an upcoming move, I can certainly understand that as another reason to not worry too much about racing. Hopefully you will find some great races to add to your calendar once you move to Kansas. I actually think having some time without goals is good too as long as you are willing to maintain some level of fitness. While I do have races on my calendar after London, none will be run for time/PR's and I am quite happy with that.

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  19. I did not realize you did the Goofy Challenge as your first marathon! Oh wow, can I just say that again! OH WOW! That is awesome!

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  20. London will be such an awesome experience. It is on my bucket list for sure, Paris too, as much for the tourist chances as the racing.

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  21. best of luck in London-half way to finishing the World Majors! and i love having been able to follow your running journey along the way!

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  22. Such an inspiration - I tell my mom about you all the time because I want her to run. She is probably sick of me saying "Mom, let me tell you about Pam..." :)

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