The last weekend of last year, a large group of us cheered a friend at the finish of his final long run of 2019. His year-to-date total reached 2,019 miles – a goal that challenged him all year. It was a fantastic celebration!
Undoubtedly, we have all given thought to our accomplishments and shortcomings in 2019 and considered how 2020 might be different or better. It is common at this point of the year to create a list of goals organized in buckets like faith, family, career, and health. For us runners, health goals often come down to completing a particular race, setting a race PR, or getting that BQ while balancing our running time with the other important buckets of life.
For 2020, consider approaching your health/running from a long term (2-3 years) and short term (6-12 months) lens. Look at setting goals that are measurable but not only focused on a particular race. For example, take this year to develop new health habits that will prepare you for a future (like 2022) BQ effort. Perhaps one or more goals from this list will take you to a new level.
- Add strength training, cross training, dynamic pre-run stretching, post-run stretching
- Run early morning before the day gets out of control
- Improve nutrition, sleep hours, mental toughness, or aerobic fitness
- Deal with a persistent injury
- Get more involved with CRC or find training partners
- Adhere to a consistent minimum miles/time per month
- Freshen it up with a new distance goal (ex. 50k)
Best wishes for reaching your goals in 2020 and beyond! Be sure to celebrate your successes!
Mike Burgan is an RRCA-certified running coach who lives in South Charlotte. As a pace coach for the Run Far program at Piper Glen, he has helped numerous runners attain BQ times and has accompanied them to Boston as he’s seen his own running performance improve. You can reach Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org.