I LOVE the start of a new year. It’s always filled with so much promise and hope. I love setting new goals and starting on a blank sheet. Of course, each year has it’s ups and downs and often doesn’t go exactly as planned. But I always find that setting goals keeps me focused on what I want to achieve and it makes it easier to get through challenges along the way. And truth be told, I am just not good at winging it or going with the flow! 🙂 This blog started because I had a goal of running 17 races in 2017. In 2018, I had one main goal – to run a Half Marathon. In 2019, I want to take things up another notch!
1 – Run FIVE Half Marathons. I ran my first two Half Marathons in 2018 and I would like to run five in 2019! I love this distance and hope my body can take the pressure. My planned races are as follows:
- Gaborone Half Marathon (March)
- Diacore Half Marathon (May)
- Still looking for one in July
- Botswana Independence Half Marathon (September)
- Soweto Half Marathon (November)
2 – Set Some Personal Bests. My current PB for the Half Marathon is 2:41:01 set at Diacore. But I was feeling so strong towards Soweto last year so I know I can cut that time. I would also like to PB in the 15 km distance. My current PB is 2:03:06 but in October last yer I managed 1:50:24 in a 15 km Long Run! It will be great to set this in a race. I will have at least two chances to do this, at the Orange Phikwe Race and the PPC Kgale Hill Challenge. In the second half of 2018, I also started doing Mile Time Trials with my best time being 10:04 minutes. So my new PB goals are as follows:
- Half Marathon: 2:35 (07:21 min/km pace)
- 15 km: 1:48 (07:12 min/km pace)
- 5 km: 33 minutes (06:36 min/ km pace)
- 1 Mile: 09:30 minutes
3 – Run/ Walk 2019 km in 2019. I think this is doable but it will require consistency. It works out to 38 km a week which is possible when training for the five Half Marathons.
4 – Run the Berg. My cousin has twice done this premier 2-stage Trail Race in the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa and blogged about it here. When she first did it, it seemed like a far-fetched dream for me but it’s time! So I am buying some proper trail shoes and will do this race on the 28th – 29th Sept 2019. The total distance is 30 km.
5 – Race in TWO new countries. I have raced in Botswana and South Africa. So I would love to add two more countries to that if time and budget allow. There are some races I have looked at in neighbouring countries – Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Lesotho. We have long been planning an overseas trip so if that happens I will time it with a race!
6 – Increase Strength and Core Training. I would like to commit to two days a week of strength training. I have to a large extent neglected strength training and I just know that my weak glutes can only carry me so far. With five Half Marathons to run, I will need to be extremely committed to getting stronger. I will also continue with my bi-weekly classes of pilates which I know makes me a stronger and more balanced runner.
7 – Focus on Nutrition and Lose 6 kg. I managed to lose 5 kg in 3 months when training for Soweto as I really improved my eating habits. I plan to use My Fitness Pal app again this year and hopefully I can manage another (and final) 6 kg.
8 – Sleep More. I don’t get enough sleep which ultimately wears me down and makes running and blogging difficult. I would like to commit to getting eight hours of sleep a night. I sleep well when I sleep but I tend to sleep too late which is what I need to work on.
9 – Blog More Consistently. I am pleased with what I have been able to put up this year – I moved away from just doing training and race recaps to doing a bit more analytical and reflective pieces. But I have not been consistent and tend to have some dry spells which is not good for increasing and maintaining readership. Let me commit to blogging twice a week and having a greater presence on social media.
10 – Give Back. Running has given me so much. And I would love to give back by either volunteering at a race or a park run. I still have to work on some ideas but if I could also organise sponsorship for ten young women to race that would be awesome.
Do you set goals for the New Year? What are some of your running and fitness goals? Any dream races you would like to conquer this year?