February is getting closer and I'm well aware that I have yet to post my goals for 2015. I've gone back and forth with several goals and I can't get the whole SMART thing out of my head. I need to be realistic in my abilities as a runner, and yet I want to push myself. After giving it a lot of thought, I'm finally ready to announce my goals for 2015.
1. Run a Sub 26:00 5k
My 5k PR that I set last year is a 26:28. I still don't know how I did that, but I want to run a 5k with a 25:xx at some point this year. If that doesn't happen, I'd like to run a 5k with negative splits.
2. Run a Sub 1:00:00 10k
I got really close to this last year, running a 1:00:40, which included walking up a hill. If I hadn't walked that hill, I would have hit this milestone. I feel like this is a conservative goal, but the 10k is not a distance that I normally excel at, so I'm being realistic.
3. PR the half
This is the goal that I waffled on for a while. As much as I hate it, my half PR is still 2:24:40. That was from February 2013. I know I'm a much better runner than that now so I know I can PR. In fact, I PR'd during a long run the other day. I'd like to work up to a sub-2:00:00 half but I just don't think I'm ready for that yet.
4. PR the marathon
Finishing my first marathon was huge for me. After all the drama of the distance for me, it felt good to get rid of that monkey on my back. But now I want to do it better. The marathon is fucking hard, but I think I love it. The training, the emotion. It's got a hold on me.
5. Streak on
I'm terrified of jumping off the streaking train, so I'm just going to keep going. I mean, why the hell not? In all honesty, I like being identified as a streaker. It makes me feel like a badass and I don't want to let go of that feeling. Self indulgent? By all means, but I don't give a fuck. Not a single fuck.
6. Operation Muscles 2015
I basically went all of 2014 without any cross training or strength training. I'm lucky as hell that I didn't get injured! I want to focus more on gaining some muscles this year. I'm starting by doing core, arms, and legs 3 days a week.
7. Get my shit together
I know, that's really specific, but as endearing as my flakiness is (haha), I want to stop living on the edge. Dishes and laundry daily, meal planning, no more lateness. You know, get all Martha Stewart and shit. And no, I won't stop cussing, so deal with it.
I think that about sums it up. Since I'm lazy as hell, I don't want to overdo it, you know? My ultimate goal is always to raise happy and healthy daughters, but as a working mommy, it's also important for ME to stay happy and healthy. Running provides me this outlet, and I will always strive to be a better runner.