Hello 2015!

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In my last post I wrote about how incredible 2014 was and how I didn’t think that I could top it with 2015. I haven’t changed my mind and I’m okay with that. 2015 will be about getting faster and running the shorter distances. I ran a half marathon on January 1st (What??? I know, it was a last minute decision!) and I have a recap coming up soon for that race but that half marathon may be my only 13.1 (or further) race of the year.

It’s not that I don’t love running the long distances. I do. It’s just that right now I want to mix things up a little and focus on something different. There’s no way that my mileage will match the 1,261 miles that I ran when I’m only racing short distances. Running that amount of mileage was part of what made 2014 such a great running year but I’m determined to make 2015 fabulous as well…just in a different way.


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I’ve spent a little more time deciding on my goals for the year and putting them down on paper, instead of just in a blog post. This Believe Training Journal by Pro Runners Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan-Dumas is just the motivation I needed to plan things out this year. It’s very well thought out, packed with motivation and just plain beautiful. I’m planning on keeping track of much more than running and exercise in this journal. It has enough space to add in some relevant daily activities and important events/milestones. Thanks, Mom, for getting me such a fabulous Christmas gift!

I’ve narrowed down my running goals to two.

[Goal One]

Work on 5K speed. I want to specifically train for a 5K race. Even though I’ve ran plenty of 5K’s I’ve never trained just for the 5K. I signed up for Laura’s 5 by the 5th Spring Challenge to help me accomplish this.

5 by the 5th

For this virtual race you may sign up for either 5 miles or a 5K. I signed up for the 5K option so by the 5th of each month (February through May) I’ll run a 5K and I’m hoping to increase my speed each month. I am also planning on signing up and training for a local 5K race sometime soon. Most of the training plans that I have found for the 5K are about 8 weeks long so I’ll need to start training soon.
[Goal Two]
Exercise 5/6 days a week. Sometimes when I’m not in the middle of a tough training plan I tend to have a harder time getting out of bed early to exercise. I’m hoping this goal motivates me to wake up when it’s hard and continue to get the miles in. But I’m not just counting running here. Spinning, Walking, Yoga, Strength and swimming will all count toward this goal. Those family walks in the evening when it gets warmer out? I’m totally counting them!
Happy New Year to you all! I hope that 2015 is a fabulous year for you and your family!
Do you set goals in January? What is one of your goals for 2015? Any big races on the calendar?

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  1. Tina Muir says:

    I think these goals are definitely realistic, and I am excited to support you in your journey! I am intending to get some speed in my legs too, so we can complain about the awkwardness together :) Hoping for the best 2015 for you!

  2. michelle C says:

    Those goals sound awesome! I really want to do my first marathon this fall if my body will allow it. I feel like I need to experience the training for and running of that distance so I can say i tried it. My coach has committed to running with me so we will have a fun girl’s weekend which ever one we get into. I can’t wait to hear about the new year’s half. I so want to do that whole series one year but none of my running friends have ever done it.

    • Good luck with your quest for 26.2 miles! You can do it…just pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you and don’t push too much. It’s an exciting goal!

      You’ll have to do the Hangover Series. It has quite a following of runners that do it every year because it’s such a fun series.

  3. Carly Pizzani says:

    I love the idea of a virtual 5K series! It sounds like a great goal and I bet the speed work this year will really pay off when you head back to longer distances, too. My big goal for 2015 is just to have this baby, ha! 😉

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