For this Friday Five, I'm linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What, and Mar at Mar on the Run. Being the first Friday of the month, fitness is the theme for this week.
With the new year beginning today, now is always a good time as any to work on setting some running goals for 2016. While the unwritten goal of last year was just to get on the roads and trails again, this time around I am making some more concrete plans for what I want to accomplish. So here are the five things that will make 2016 a great year for running.
1. 12 in 12 - The plan has been put into motion to run a race a month throughout the next year. Some of these events will be for time while others are going to be just for fun. Either way, taking part in them will be a blast (check out my 2016 race list)!
2. Strength Training - While I would rather just spend more time running, I've come to accept that I need to spend time building muscle and flexibility in other ways. I have started the habit of planking each night before bed, but would also like to take some time a few days a week to use exercises like squats and lunges to work my legs and core. Time to make myself not look so scrawny!
3. First Marathon - A year from now, I would like to have completed my first marathon. Due to how my schedule tends to look from teaching, the summer is a perfect time to train and be ready for a fall race. I am still in the process of deciding which one to do, since there are a number in the area.
4. Increase Days of Running - For years, I was able to run five or six days a week without overly major injury issues or exhaustion. However, this has not been the case lately. I would like to get back to that trend instead of only three or four days. Even easy runs make me feel productive and accomplished.
5. Become a Running Group Regular - So far my attendance at group runs has been minimal. With the new year, I want to participate in my local running club's meet-ups, especially on weekends when I have the time and little excuse to not do so. The running community has begun to grow in the area, and I really want to be a part of it!
So what are your 2016 running goals?
Happy running and happy New Year!