Monday, January 3, 2011

2011 goals

Like most of you, I'm not big on making resolutions, choosing instead to set goals for the year. This year, I feel in some ways more certain of my situation (I know that I have a baby and a preschooler and there are no plans to add any other kids to this family, unlike last year) but in other ways I am less certain (how will I handle heavier training while nursing and not getting full nights of sleep?).

Well, nothing in life is truly certain so I've set my goals expecting for the best! Here's what I hope to accomplish in 2011:

  • Run a half-marathon -- this one should be easy considering I'm planning to run a half in April. Now I just need to train . . . 
  • Look into becoming an RRCA certified coach and perhaps start the process this year -- depending on timing and location of the courses, I'd really like to do this. I loved training the moms to run their first 5k last spring and think I could make a decent running coach. 
  • Run masters strong -- to me this means training efficiently and intelligently, being smart about rest but also making sure that my hard runs are hard. There is no reason I can't set some PRs as a 40-year old and I will be going after them this year!
  • Beat my 2010 Freihofer's Run for Women time at this year's race -- shouldn't be too hard considering I was almost 6 months pregnant when I ran it last year in 27:11! 
  • Run these key races
    1. Winter Marathon Relay in February
    2. 13.1 marathon in April
    3. Mother's Day 3.5-miler in May
    4. Freihofer's Run for Women 5K in June
    5. Indian Ladder trail run in July
    6. EDITED TO ADD: Warrior Dash in August (thanks, Bridget!)
    7. Race for the Cure 5k in October
    8. Stockade-athon 15k in November
  • Run 1000+ miles -- I just want to. 
  • Keep up with run-improving strength training -- I have a series of leg exercises that, when I do them regularly, improve my form and help me avoid injuries. I want to do them regularly all year and add in upper body work, too.
That's it! My goals for 2011. If I can accomplish all of these I will consider the year a success. I think I can, I think I can . . .

Happy Monday, everyone. Enjoy the first week of 2011!

~ Felice

23 comments:

Darlene said...
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Darlene said...

Great goals - you will accomplish ALL, I know it! I think you'd be a great coach - look at the moms you've trained (they're running half marathons within a year!). 40 is not old to set PRs - just saying! Looking forward to seeing you at some races in 2011 - I have several of the same ones on my schedule.

Danielle said...

You can hit all of those goals! And I think being a running coach is awesome! I wish I would have had one when I got started. I could still probably use one!
I think I'm going to go write down my running goals for the year after reading this! : )

Marlene said...

Great goals for the year! Good luck! I have no doubt that you can go after those PR's as a masters runner AND Mom!!

I Run for Fun said...

Happy New Year, Felice!!! I know you will make an awesome coach. Great goals for 2011. Also, what a fun way to ring in the new year.

Suzy said...

You have some great goals set out! I think you'd made a great coach!

Allie said...

Great goals, I really need to get on the ball and decide what my goals for 2011 are going to be. :)

Indi said...

I all about goals and not resolutions and those are some great ones!

Aron said...

These are perfect goals!!!! You are definitely going to have a great 2011 :)

Bridget said...

Good goals! What about the Warrior Dash? We said we would run that one together - right?
As far as the running coach - that is awesome! Although I am not sure I want to share you with others! HA!

GoddessLibrarian said...

YES! I keep telling you to be a running coach! Awesome!!! :-)

The Happy Runner said...

Jen, I know. I just have to do it. You've definitely been a cheerleader :-)

The Happy Runner said...

Bridget -- I forgot about that! Yes, the Warrior Dash needs to go on my list.

Wifey said...

Awesome goals! I'm sure you'll ROCK them. Looking forward to cheering you on!

Happy New Year!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

misszippy said...

You've got it! All well within your reach. And I love master's running--you will too!

Rose said...

Warrior Dashes are so much fun!

Tina @GottaRunNow said...

You have a lot of races planned. Training for those will get you to your 1000 mile goal. Looks like it's going to be a great year!

Beth said...

those look like ambitious goals for someone without a baby! I want to run 1,000+ miles this year too, fingers crossed for no injuries!

ajh said...

I would love to do that Stockadeathon. Hmm I think I just spelled that wrong. Anyhow maybe I will see you there.

J said...

I agree that goals are better than resolutions! I want to run 1000 miles too! Hopefully this will be the year for both of us!

Jill said...

Those are great goals with a lot of diveristy so keeps things more fun :). Good luck - Happy New Year!

lindsay said...

fun race line up! i hope they all fit in your schedule throughout the year. i always have grand plans for various races and then most of them end up not working out for me :(

onelittletrigirl said...

sounds like a fun race schedule! Warrior Dash is a good time!

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