Friday, 21 October 2016

2016 Running Goals: Check-In II

The biggest chunk of 2016 is officially behind us (how?!), meaning that it's time for another 2016 running goal check-in!  (You can read the first check-in here.)  Brace yourselves, though: It isn't pretty. I guess there's just been so much going on in other parts of our lives (three months in the Kalahari and then moving continents) that serious, goal-orientated training took a bit of a backseat this year.  That said, here's a reminder of my five running goals for 2016:   


1.  Run a sub-50 minute 10 km

As mentioned before, this one has turned into a bit of a nightmare...!  Although I've technically clocked a sub-10 on my Garmin at the 10 km mark of a race in April, this distance didn't correlate with the "official" race distance of 10  km (which measured long on my Garmin), so for now we'll leave this one unchecked.  After three months' worth of shorter Kalahari runs, I'm also currently in no shape to attempt a legit sub-10 km on our accurately measured local parkrun course - perhaps it's time to let the dream go?  
          
2.  A half-marathon PB (i.e. anything below 01:56:12)

I penned down this goal when moving to New Zealand was still just a big, scary dream.  A lot has happened since then and, sadly, just like No. 1 above, running [and more importantly: training for(!)] a half-marathon just hasn't been a priority.

All of the local, big half-marathons in Wellington are also over for 2016, with the Wellington and Round the Bays Half-Marathons only taking place in July and February 2017, respectively.  It therefore looks as if this is also a goal that will have to stand over to 2017 and beyond.


On my list for 2017!

3.  Complete a SADC Region parkrun (excluding SA)

Despite rumours of SADC Region parkruns being planned for 2016, nothing to this effect has realised to date.  I do think, however, that I've actually bumped this goal up one notch: I've completed an international parkrun!  With the motivation behind these two goals (completing a SADC Region parkrun vs. completing an international parkrun) essentially being the same, i.e. exploring far-off places on the run, I'm ticking this one off my list - wahoo!


Kapiti Coast parkrun.

4.  Clock a sub-24 minute parkrun

I still have this one in sight and really, really hope that I'll be able to nail it before the end of the year!  There isn't much time left, but I believe that if I focus on this one goal for the next two-and-a-half months, I might just make it.  Fingers crossed!  

5.  Become a member of parkrun's Club 50

As mentioned in the May check-in, I became a member of parkrun's Club 50 in January this year, with bestie Tanya and her son, as well as many other parkrun friends, cheering me on.  I worked really hard to reach this milestone, having stayed in cities without parkruns for long periods since doing my first parkrun, so I'm super chuffed to have earned the coveted red shirt.  Onwards now to Club 100!


[Picture by Stanley Harvey.]

So that's two (and-a-half?) out of five for now - which, let's be honest, isn't great.  But, taking into account all that has happened during 2016 (a big, big year for us as a family!), I'm happy.  This year the bigger picture has just been more important than the running picture, and that's okay for now - things will settle back to normal soon enough.  

How are you progressing with your running goals for 2016?  Hope you're doing great!

Happy weekend, everyone!


16 comments:

  1. Yep, moving half way across the world might scupper running goals!

    I've completed one goal, which was to complete and pass my running qualification. My other time based running goals went on the backburner due to injury earlier this year.

    I'd like to get my parkrun 50 but I'm a bit of a way off at the moment. Maybe in the next year or so I might get there.

    I would have liked to have gone to a parkrun when I was in NZ earlier this year but didn't get the time. I did, however, have a couple of nice runs in the bush. Enjoy your time there, it's a beautiful country.

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    1. Wow, it's so cool to have gotten your running certification - congrats! It's something I've been keeping in the back of my mind for a while now... Someday!

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  2. It's always motivating to have goals in life. It does take courage to put it out openly. I always double think before posting my goals online. I guess, I need to just jump the gun and do it one day. Good luck on all your endeavors! I am sure, you'll achieve them pretty soon :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Madhuri! Yep, putting it out there definitely is scary. A good blogging friend once said that goal setting is all about improving yourself, so even if you don't nail all of them 100%, if you've improved yourself in the process, you're doing fine. So I'm trying to look at it from that perspective.

      Have a lovely weekend!

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    2. That's very good advice! I signed up for my first half marathon more than a month back and just publicly announced it on my blog this week. It was scary! But, it has definitely motivated me a bit more to lace up and give it a try.

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    3. It definitely keeps one accountable. Good luck with your first half marathon - it was such a giant mental leap for me to do my first one, but it's addictive, so be warned, haha!

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  3. My goals kind of fell apart over the summer but I am back on the wagon!

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    1. Whooooop! Good thing is that there is still time to work on our goals - and for improvement - before the year ends. Let's do this!

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  4. I love the idea of publicly declaring goals and checking in on your progress! It sounds like you're as successful as you can be, despite outside circumstances beyond your control! Hope all your goals are soon achieved!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mandie! As mentioned to Madhuri above, I think goals are all about improvement and growth, so even if we don't nail all of them, but we grow in the process, it's still positive.

      Have a lovely weekend!

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  5. I love outlining running goals too. This year, I purposely decided against it since i knew we had a major move/job changes. Alleviating that pressure was good but I will admit that I miss having those goals or races to look forward to throughout the year. Now, to focus on 2017!

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    1. In hindsight, that's probably what I should have done for 2016 as well, Lisa. You live and you learn, right? ;)

      But, as you say: Now, to focus on 2017!

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  6. I haven't met a single one of my 2016 running goals. I developed some weird foot pains, got worse Plantar fascitis early in the year so I am just glad when I go out and do a fun run. I would love to meet even two of my goal this year so thanks for the reminder and I will revisit them and see what I can accomplish in the next 2+ months.
    http://runwright.net

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    1. Good thing is that there is still time! Good luck and I hope those foot pains disappear for good!

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  7. You had some big goals for the year! Even though you didn't hit them all, it looks like you're doing great! ParkRuns look really cool, I actually had to look them up :)

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  8. What great goals to strive for! I don't always post goals and my progress but it is a great way to keep you accountable and right on track! I love reading what goals people are working towards. Thanks for sharing yours!

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