Just as a reminder for newbie readers, my racing plans in 2016 include the Rochester 4 Seasons Challenge, which has me running 3 half marathons (in January, April, and July) as well as my very first full marathon (in September). I've also recently signed up for the Right to Run 19K in May, an inaugural race in Seneca Falls that is benefiting the National Women's Hall of Fame (the 19K, or 11.8 miles, is a nod to the 19th amendment). Kathrine Switzer is going to be there! I'm psyched!
|Don't worry, I'MMA TELL ERRBODY|
1. Avoid injury! I know this is not always something that is easy to control, but there are positive steps I can continue to take to make this my reality. In 2015, I was introduced to the magic of foam rolling--OMG, why didn't I start doing this sooner?? Foam rolling after long runs and races has reduced my post-workout soreness and knee twinges like you wouldn't believe. I also started doing some strength training via BodyPump classes (though I do want to be more consistent with it) and yoga, which have served as helpful cross-training for my muscles when I'm not running. With so many races to tackle in 2016, avoiding injury is my #1 goal (after finishing, of course!).
2. Eat smart. I am a junk food junkie at heart, but in 2015 I tried to start making some changes to that sugary diet. I cut out all sugary breakfast foods, which was a HUGE step for me. I've switched over to more healthy carb-and-protein based breakfasts (featuring whole grains, eggs, fruits, etc), which has made a huge difference in my mornings (especially because I have also been more of a morning runner these days). Now my new challenge is to become wiser about my carb/protein/fat ratio, especially during marathon training, when my carb intake is going to have to be HIGH (and not just full of unhealthy, processed carb sources...though you can pry my Oreos out of my cold, dead hands).
|Basically me after every long run|
2016 is definitely the Year of Distance for me. I am excited for the challenges that are in store, though it's already got me wondering what 2017 will be the year of. The Year of Trail Running? The Year of Speed? The Year of Triathlons? SO MANY POSSIBILITIES! But let's do this year first. :)
What are your 2016 running goals?