It’s been a while since I sat down to post through the website but I thought this would be a good opportunity to dig in a little bit to the season and share some plans. This year, in conjunction with Montclair Kimberley Academy, I’m working on goal setting, nutrition, and time management. I will be sharing my progress throughout the season on my way to IM Chattanooga and the primary goal of qualifying for the 2017 Ironman World Championships.
Setting goals is a tricky and yet simple task to do. When setting goals, it’s important to be accountable for the outcome. Some approaches to doing this include writing it down on a piece of paper and posting on the fridge, sharing with friends and family, or sharing with workout partners. It’s challenging because we create benchmarks and put ourselves in the open for others to view. Goals should push you to develop new habits, strengths, address areas for development and in turn, reach new levels of ability and achievement. If something is important to you, you will find a way to get it done and attempt to achieve the best result possible.
I started the season by addressing one goal for 2016. I wanted to improve my half-marathon time. On a relative whim, I decided to race the Yuengling Shamrock Half-Marathon. Race day came and it was cold, rainy, and had a 20mph headwind for about 8 of the first 9 miles. My running form had been strong all winter and early spring. I knew that if I could battle through the strong headwind sections, then I could come down to the finish and give the PR a shot. I ran the race with one or two other people and we took turns blocking the wind for each other. I ran patiently and crunched the numbers on my pace. It was going to be close after the turn south and knew that I couldn’t waste any time kicking. Sure enough, at mile 9 with the wind now turning to my back, I started to push and immediately dropped about 15s per mile. I kept this up with the single goal of improving from the last time I raced a half marathon. Pushing as hard as I could down the finishing straight, I crossed the line with an 11s improvement. Check one for the season goals!
Next stop is the Boston Marathon in 10 days. I’m excited and am ready to race. I’ll be updating this with some information about race day nutrition for the marathon and prepping for the the big day as well as post race day. Until then, get out there and enjoy training.