Aside from specific distance and event targets, at the start of 2022 I set a generic run distance target for the year, which I achieved yesterday with 51 days to spare!
I didn’t do anything specifically to attain this goal, such as ensuring I hit a certain target each month, and didn’t ramp or ease my weekly running to ensure I’d hit it, I just ‘did what I was doing’, and its merely a passive tick in a box.
It’s not the most distance I’ve ever ran in a year (2062km in 2018, which I can safely say even with 50 days of the year remaining, is not a distance I will stretch to), it was just a reasonable estimate made last December of what I might do, assuming no significant periods out injured.
So, I’ve now tentatively set some tracked goals for 2023. Tentatively, as I may tweak these before the end of the year.
The two running goals speak for themselves – a repeat of the tick-in-a-box 1000 miles, a distance I’ve exceeded every year from 2018 onwards, which barring any injury or other reason to avoid running for a month or more at some point, I just “just do”.
The 2194.14km goal is a stretching target that equates to running a marathon distance on average every week across the year. Something I obviously aren’t going to do every week, given that this year I only really hit that week on week across 3 months of the year, as I increased load ahead of the York marathon. So, it’s a “stretch” target, one I don’t necessarily expect to achieve, but something to aspire to. It won’t drive my running across the year, but you can bet that come October time if it looks like 2 or 3 big months might be enough to get close, I’ll be out running some longer distances through autumn into winter than I typically do!
And then two goals relating to HIIT and Strength training, equating to a couple of hours per month of each. Again, I don’t necessarily expect to achieve these, I tend to do an odd month here and there of a half hour session each week, and then nothing for 8 months. These goals are just me acknowledging to myself that if I want to get better at running, I need to do more of this.
It should be easy, I have a multi-gym for strength workouts, in a foam rubber floored garage where I can do HIIT type sessions, along with a couple of apps to guide me along the way. But for whatever reason, it isn’t. I know I definitely don’t want to join a class or a gym – and I think its a case of just getting into a habit over a couple of months and then carrying on.
The hope is that just logging these as goals will inspire me to do something. We shall see!
I’ll write about race distance and event goals another time.