Friday, December 24, 2010

Goals for 2011

As 2010 winds to a close, I have started to think about my plans for 2011. As many of you know, my year in running wasn't anything close to what I had hoped it would be, due to some health issues that impacted my running from around July 2010 - November 2010. I am only recently back to running, and it has been a slow re-start to say the least. I have lost a LOT of my fitness, put on a few pounds, and have lost a lot of my momentum - it's just harder than ever to get myself out of the house in the cold and dark.

I'm starting to put together a set of goals for 2011 - above all, I'm hoping that this will be a year without injury or sickness. After 2010, I'm just happy to be able to get out and run again. That said, I have a few things that are already on my plate:
  1. Spring: Tough Mudder - Inspired by my running pal Baker, and coerced by my brother (who is flying in from Israel to do this), I decided to take this one on. Twitter pal Scott has also joined our team. It's not JUST running - so I have to start thinking about overall body conditioning: upper body, core, strength. It will definitely be an experience, to say the least.
  2. Fall: New York Marathon - Having collected my guaranteed entry through the NYRR 9+1 program, I am looking forward to a triumphant return to New York. I had hoped to plan for a sub 4 hour marathon in 2010, but that was just not in the cards. Hoping to be up for that goal this year.
Running Goals:
  1. Get my speed back. I think that miles, drills and core work are really the only way to go on this one. I hope to rejoin my Tuesday night speed group (led by Coach SpeedySasquatch) and get back in the groove. It's hard to re-start anything, but it's a great group of people that make training fun.
  2. Run smaller races: There are plenty of smaller races around the area - and depending on whether or not I choose to collect my 9+1 again this year, I'll have the option to try them.
  3. Run a spring race? Jury is still out on this one. Do I join Sharon at the New Jersey Marathon, or perhaps Ansky at the Vermont City Marathon? Who knows? I guess I'll make that decision in January.
We have a long winter ahead of us, so I am banking on the camraderie and support of my running pals at races, on training runs, and over beers and coffee to stay motivated through the long, cold and dark days of winter. Wishing all of my fellow runners a wonderful 2011, with the wind always at our backs, and more PR's than we can even keep track of.


Samantha said...

Maybe we can make the Thursday AM run a weekly thing. This way after a few weeks I'll feel less pathetic ;) You guys have me thinking about the NJM, but it's scary to think about marathon training all over again!

Anonymous said...

Here's hoping for better things in the year to come! Looking forward to joining you for the Tough Mudder...

baker said...

great race goals!
you guys are gonna have a blast at the Tough Mudder!