Happy New Running Year 2012! (1 Jan 2012)

We made it! Another year under the fuel belt and a fresh opportunity to start off with new goals. Hopefully, the first week of this year has been good to you.

I’ve used this week to think about my different personal running/workout goals. The flip side of being a runner as a running coach and personal trainer means that your workouts take a backseat to your clients’ workouts. And since business has really picked up in the last week, that means that I’m going to have to fit in workouts when I can, based on when I’m working.

Considering my business and what I want to achieve this year with my running, I’ve come up with a few goals that are SMART = Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Time-oriented.

1. Take 17 minutes off my half-marathon time in the Atlanta 13.1 in October. I have 10 months to do this. I think that’s doable. That’s what I want. If I can get a 17-minute faster time from one year to the next, I can certainly score this.

2. Eschew ALL summer races. That means no matter how tempted I am, I will NOT run in the VA-HI Suckfest 5K (even though I’ve run it the last 5 yrs) nor The Peachtree. I just can’t seem to get the time I want in this 10K because the heat and humidity are so horrible. Therefore, instead I am considering doing the CVS Strong Legs 10K in November. It was my first 10K I did with other DIVAS in 2009. It’s all about racing in comfortable (cool) weather.

3. Schedule in my own workouts just like client appointments. Obviously, working is a good thing when you’re coming from where I’ve been the last 3 years, ie, layoff, unemployment, career change, etc. I’m so very thankful where I’m at now. I feel like things have just exploded and in a good way. Compared to how things were last year at this time, I can look back on 2011 as a great year of growth and learning and this year is where they payoff comes. That being said, I can’t neglect my own health and fitness so being disciplined about blocking off time during the week for myself is going to be seriously important. After all, running is what inspired me to become a CPT and Running Coach.

4. Run less. That’s right. I really want to get stronger and do more strength training. Obviously, I will run more when I’m following my own training plan, but until I make that next plan and begin execution, I need to get stronger. That way, my body can handle running a lot better and for obvious health reasons. I have a tendency to either do only running or strength so I’m finding that nice balance with the scales tipped towards strength until my training season begins.

That’s all I have for now. Last year, I wrote down a HUGE list of things I wanted to do and while I did achieve many of the important goals, the list was just really too long and I was feeling maniacal by having so many choices.

Hopefully, your 2012 will be filled with running, training, and much success!

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