Friday, 6 May 2016

2016 Running Goals: Check-In

A third of 2016 is officially behind us (?!), which means that it's time for a 2016 running goal check-in...  Ready?  Here's a reminder of my five running goals for the year:   

1.  Run a sub-50 minute 10 km

Yikes, what a frustrating, technical endeavour this quest has turned into...!  So far, I've run three 10 km races this year, and although I've theoretically clocked two sub-50s, I've yet to reach my goal.  Ugh.  Long story, but it basically boils down to race routes measuring either (significantly) long or short, vs. trusting the accuracy of one's own distance measuring device.           

Buuut, Gordon over at Run for your Life has given me a fantastic idea: Why not attempt a sub-50 on our own, local parkrun route, which has been accurately measured with the correct equipment?  Hopefully I'll be able to do that (ahem), and hopefully, once it's done, my soul will find rest.  Goodness.

A new PB, and a sub-50 at the 10 km mark, but still not an official sub-50.  Sigh.
2.  A half-marathon PB (i.e. anything below 01:56:12)

Looking at this goal now, I can clearly see that I penned it down while I was bang in the middle of a holiday and very well rested after a year of running fun, ha!  At this very moment, the last thing on earth I feel like doing, is running 21.1 km at breakneck speed (okay, close.  For me anyway.).  Perhaps towards the end of the year? 

3.  Complete a SADC Region parkrun (excluding SA)

No confirmation has been given yet about rumours of SADC Region parkruns (e.g. Swaziland, Namibia and Angola) being established in 2016.  Fingers crossed, because this is one goal I definitely don't want to miss...!

4.  Clock a sub-24 minute parkrun

My current parkrun PB is 24:04, so this goal seems manageable enough.  I must admit, though, that I haven't run a sub-25 parkrun in a while...  I do most of my parkruns in the pitch dark these days (before setting up and/or volunteering), which slows me down quite a bit, but who knows?  Spring, summer and early sunrises will come around again eventually, right?  

5.  Become a member of parkrun's Club 50

Thank goodness for this goal, otherwise I'd have a big, fat zero on the scoreboard right now...!  

On 23 January 2016, after almost two years of hustling, I finally completed my 50th parkrun event and became a member of Club 50!  I ran with J and Missy K, and bestie Tanya and so many other parkrun friends were there to cheer me on - one of this year's running highlights for me for sure.

So that's one out of five for now - which, let's face it, is nothing to be too thrilled about.  Hopefully things will look a bit better towards the end of August, when I'll check in on these goals again, but for now, there's lots of work still to be done!  How have you progressed on your running goals for the year?      

Thanks to the ladies from Eat Pray Run DCYou Signed up for What? and Mar on the Run for the opportunity to check in on these goals as part of their Friday Five link-up!

Happy weekend, everyone!


  1. Don't be so hard on yourself - it's great that you've achieved one out the 5 & you're pretty close on some of the others! Well done on reaching your 50 milestone - mine is tomorrow!!!

    1. Ahhhhh, so exciting!! Congrats and have a fantastic 50th tomorrow!!

  2. Congrats on becoming a member!
    That stinks when a course isn't measured accurately. However, I just "go with it"

    1. Thanks so much!

      Yes, inaccurately measured courses DO stink! And I just can't let it go - I'm driving myself nuts, haha! I really can't wait for this goal to be over and done with ;) .

  3. It's only a few months into the year - you have plenty of time to work on your goals. Goals should be fluid so don't stress too much about it.

    1. So true - thanks for the reminder, Mar. Always good to step back and remember the big picture ;) .

  4. Honestly, I trust my Garmin, which is what I use to track my runs. I've seen it give me super accurate results on a track + distances I know are truly a certain length. So, if I hit sub-50 on there for 10K I would totally count it.

    Good luck!

    1. Thanks so much, Jessie!

      Goodness, I really must put this sub-10 km goal to bed before it robs me of all my running joy. I think clocking it on our parkrun course will eliminate all doubt - now just to do it...!

  5. Wow for us lazy's this is amazing ��- good luck with your running goals. Thanks for linking with #ShowcaseTuesday #linky

  6. I'd trust the Garmin, but the idea of a time trial on a measured route also appeals!
    The purpose of the goals is self improvement... You're getting there!


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