Every year I try to set myself a new goal or two in my running. Below is a list of my goals that I had set for myself for 2017 and how I did as far as accomplishing them during 2017.
Goals I set for myself for 2017.
Run sub 28 minute 5k.
Run at least 4 trail runs.
Increase total miles from 2016 to 2017.
Run a trail half marathon. (Green Monster in October 25k)
I wrote the above goals 11/1/2016.
2017 results for goals.
I didn’t run any official 5Ks but I improved my 5k time to apx 24 min
I ran 9 trail races.
Total Miles run for 2016 = 623.76 and For 2017 I ran 1,049 miles
I ran 3 trail races of at least half marathon distance or greater
I haven’t run an official 5k race in years. So maybe I will run one sometime soon so that I can get an official race result time and see what I am really able to do.
Prior to 2017 I think I had only ever run two trail races. So changing things up and spending so much time on the trails was so much fun. I have definitely fallen in love with trail running. It is my preferred type of running when I can get on the trails. Running nine trail races in one year was so exciting. I only ran two races that were on the road and they were in the beginning of the year. The best part about running the nine trail races that I ended up running is that almost all of them were run with some amazing friends.
The amount of miles that I ran this year kind of astounds me. It’s not a ton of miles compared to others, but for me compared to my past it is huge. I never really expected to make it to 1,000 miles. I never planned to make it to 1,000 miles. I just wanted to increase my mileage from last year. The fact that I increased my mileage from 2016 to 2017 by over 400 miles is great for me. Getting to 1,000 miles just happened organically and it felt great. Just another great result of following the journey.
The biggest and most challenging goal I set for myself was to run a trail race that was at least a half marathon distance. My goal race being to run the Green Monster 25k (16+ miles). Before this year I had never run a trail run more than six miles and I had never run a race over 13 miles. So, setting myself this goal of a 16 mile trail race was a big jump for me. I couldn’t have done it without the support and encouragement of my friends. Adding in two other trail races of at least half marathon distance was great to get me ready for my goal race. And Green Monster did not disappoint. It was a fantastic race in every way. Challenging, Fun, and Inspiring. Everything you want out of a goal.