Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Better Late Than Never: My Running Goals For 2019

For some weird and wonderful reason, I never set any running goals for 2019. Perhaps it was because of the spectacular way in which I failed to nail even a single one of the four goals I set for 2018. Or perhaps the running rut the size of the Grand Canyon I was in at the time had something to do with it. Whatever the reason, I entered the year goal-less and drifting as far as running goes.

Miss K and J Bear laughing their way to the finish line at Lower Hutt parkrun on 1 January 2019. Apparently my running rut (and writer's block) was so big that I (very regrettably) never even blogged about this joyous adventure. At least I can still share the picture and cherish the memory!

In hindsight, it probably wasn't such a bad thing after all. My body was tired, I was completely burned out, and I spent the largest part of the second term in bed with pneumonia anyway. I obviously needed a break, and having a lofty set of physically demanding goals would have just added to my stress and frustration.  

By grace, however, I am completely healthy now. The extended rest did me a world of good, and I feel fresh and rearing to go, both physically and mentally. On top of that, I'm starting to feel itchy and even frustrated at my lack of something to work towards. Sure, running simply for the sake of it can be reason enough to keep on doing it. But I need more. Having a concrete goal to chase just makes it so much easier for me to lace up instead of sleeping in.

So before I miss the bus completely, here are my three short and sweet running goals for the remainder of 2019:
1. Complete 40 parkruns (...to keep me consistent)

In my heart of hearts I actually wanted to aim for 50 parkrun events this year, but with only 22 Saturdays remaining, that would be physically impossible. (I've completed 21 for the year so far.) So I'll aim for 40 this time around and put the big five-zero on hold for next year.

2. Earn my parkrun tourist badge (...to fuel my wanderlust)

To date, I've completed parkrun events at 17 different parkrun venues. Which means that I'll need to visit at least three new venues before the end of the year in order to earn my tourist badge. Let the travels begin!

3. Run a sub-50 10K (...to finally put this issue to bed!)

As you may or may not know, this goal is hairy and super scary for me. But it's something that I simply have to get done. I've got five whole months to prepare for it, so hopefully that will be enough.

Are you working towards any running goals this year? Please fill me in so I can cheer you on!


  1. I am sure you will achieve all the goals, also the sub 50:00.
    I miss the Parkruns, I am so sorry that around here we don't have such event.
    My goal is only a monthly race ... for now. In the near future who knows?

    1. I really hope so, Stefano - thank you!

      A race per month is a good goal to keep the motivation up... And, as you say, who knows what will happen once the seasons start turning!


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