It's a New Year which means that it's the time when everyone is coming up with new goals and things they want to accomplish this year. For me, I finished 2018 wanting more after several race disasters and ending my racing schedule with a serious injury during the NYC Marathon. So for me, setting my 2019 goals was pretty easy because they are exactly the same as they were in 2018. The difference this year, however, will be how I go about acheiving them.
So what are these goals?
1. PR the 5k, 10k, half marathon and full marathon - seems like a lot, but I actually haven't PR-ed anything but the 10k in the past few years so it's actually pretty realistic to PR all of the distances with the right training.
2. Qualify for Boston - I've been chasing down my Boston time for several years now and I think I finally might be on the right training plan to get it.
3. Stay Injury-free - This one. I have not been successful at staying injury-free since 2015. But my new training plan and style should help me get back on track.
There's definitely a theme to my three goals for 2019: using the right training. I've always thought I was doing the right training for me because I was getting faster in the training and hitting my workout paces. The problem is that all that means nothing if I couldn't get to the start line of my races healthy. So this year will be the year of smart training, staying healthy, and hopefully PRs as a result. I'll be sharing more about the changes I'm making to my training plan once I am able to put it to the test. But for now, I'm incredibly confident that this training will lead to big results based on how I've seen it pay off for many friends over the past year and how I've been feeling after being on my new training plan for a couple months now.
Keeping with the trend of new year, same goals, it seems fitting that I'm targeting the same race as last year to chase down my goals: The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon. If you know my story, you know that the Cleveland Marathon was a complete disaster for me. The short version is that I trained my heart out for 5 months and everything pointed toward a BQ and big PR, but I overhydrated and got into a hyponatremic state, leading me to collapse on course at mile 12. It was a heartbreak and a terrifying experience. But it also left me wanting redemption. Sure, I ran the Rock n' Roll Seattle Marathon a few weeks later and finished that one, but it just wasnt' the same as finishing the hometown marathon and the course where I ran my current marathon PR. After debating what distance I would be doing in Cleveland (because I always run some distance during the Cleveland Marathon Race Weekend) I found myself thinking more and more about the full and wanting my redemption on that course. So once I found out I got into the Chicago Marathon and realized that meant my spring full had to be in late May or early June, it was the deciding factor and I knew it was time to sign up for the Cleveland Marathon. And I did just that.
So for the 7th year in a row, I will be participating in a Cleveland Marathon race weekend event and I was fortunate enough to be chosen as a Cleveland Marathon Ambassador for my second year (use code HK2019 for 10% off any registration and check out my Instagram the weekend of February 22nd when I will be giving away a registration). Cleveland won't be my first race of the year (more on that in the coming months) but it is the one with the biggest goal, and I can't wait for the training to really take off!