Thursday, November 12, 2015

Keeping An Eye On The Prize

Hi guys! I'm Tara from Running 'N' Reading and I am taking over Run Steff Run today!

I realize that it’s only November and that there is plenty of fun to come before for the end of the year; however, the beginning of a new year will be upon us before you know it and you may begin thinking about which races you might like to run next year.

Planning races throughout the year can be a great motivational tool, especially if you have goals or
resolutions you’ve professed, looming over you as the days speed along. You might start by asking
yourself a few simple questions: Do I have any running-related goals this year? If so, is there a particular race that might be instrumental in helping me accomplish one or more of these goals? For example, if you’d really like to set a new PR in a particular distance or beat your time in a previous year’s race, you might want to make sure those races are on your calendar in advance.

If not, think about a race you’ve never done but are really interested in and do some homework; find out when the race will be held, how far in advance you’ll be able to register and use this as the
cornerstone of your racing plan for the year. You might choose a destination race, one that is outside your state (or even country!), and you’ll need to begin planning for the cost of the race, your travel
arrangements, where you’ll stay and what you might like to see or do while you’re there.

Once you have one or two target races in mind, other races should fall into place around those; make sure that you have your priorities set so that you do not inadvertently schedule another race too close to your “goal” or priority race. Obviously, your training plan for this target race will take precedence over any other event that comes up, which is why planning your race calendar in advance leads to

While you are training for the main event, other races can serve as an instrumental part of your training plan; for example, if you are training for a half-marathon that you’re really excited about or one to which you’ve attached a particular time goal, you can schedule shorter, faster races throughout your training to assess your progress and build up your confidence along the way. It’s very exciting to set a new PR at the finish of a 5K or 10K along your journey to (hopefully!) set a new PR for a longer distance.

If you are member of a local running club or frequent a local running shop, you might check on the
possibility of a seasonal racing series in your area; in many cases, a single registration fee provides
entrance into a short series of local races and is a great way to spend time with other runners and work on your fitness level without too much pressure. In addition, you may find others who are working toward a similar goal or plan to run in your target race with you and you have built in running friends with whom to share your training successes…and complaints.

Unfortunately, runners get injured; we don’t like to talk about this part much, so this will be short. When you decide on your target race, have a contingency plan in case there is a hiccup in your training plan or be open to another goal. If it doesn’t happen right away, it doesn’t mean it won’t happen; it just might not happen right now.

Some of us love to plan; and others, not as much. Throughout this process, remember to have some fun! Do something crazy (don’t runners always do this?), run a weird distance (17.75K, anyone?), get onto a trail (or off of one!) and take some chances. A new year presents all sorts of possibilities and you don’t want to miss any of them.

1 comment:

  1. First goal of the year my first marathon, so your post was exactly what I needed!!!!!Thank's girl!!!!