Thursday, January 1, 2009

Running Goals

While I was out for a run last week, I started thinking about my running goals for 2009. This year, I ran in three 5K races and my first 10K race. I ran 412.92 miles in 2008....I took off most of April due to an ankle tendinitis and part of October due to knee problems.

Here are my running goals for 2009:

1. Log at least 500 miles.

2. Run in at least 5 races.

3. Do more cross training....cycling, strengthening, walking, etc. Right now I exercise 3-4 days a week. My goal is 5-6 days a week with only 1 day off.

4. Lose 15 pounds. This is the big one. I am sorry to say, even with all my running, I am 15 pounds overweight. :( Currently I race towards the back of the pack. But, my 5K PR for 2008 was 28:20. So, it is very possible for me to move to the middle of the pack. I know that my speed will increase if I can lose those 15 pounds. As a fellow runner noted, running with 15 extra pounds is like running while carrying a turkey. Surely I can go faster if I can drop the turkey.

My plan is to do a weigh-in this Monday morning and the every Monday after that. My goal is a pound a week. My birthday is in April and if I drop a pound a week, I should be able to lose 13 by my birthday, just in time for the start of racing season.

So...there they are. I think they are quite realistic. I plan to report weekly on the weight issue and monthly on all others. The biggest one that I want to conquer is my turkey. I hope that by blogging about it, I will hold myself more accountable
. We'll see.... :)

7 comments:

Mabry's gamma said...

Sarah,

I think you can do it and blogging (or us) will keep you accountable. I applaud you for doing the races to begin with, I am very impressed. Good luck with you goals and we expect to see race days pics through out the year.

YOU GO GIRL!

Cheri

spirit_in_me said...

You can do it Sarah. I lost 15lbs from Sept to Dec 2008 and feel great about my accomplishment. Looking forward to hearing your progress.

BeachRunner said...

(In my best John Belushi/Animal House voice) "Let's dooooooooo it!!!"

Pam said...

Sarah, I have on of those turkey's, too! I've been trying to lose mine, but I'm really nt as diligent as I should be. Maybe I'll be better in 2009! Happy New Year!

Tanya said...

You've got some really great, do-able goals! It's going to be fun to read your posts this year, especially about the races!

WendyBird said...

This is the year of the turkey for all of us, LOL. Great goals!

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