I thought I’d wrap up my participation in Sport Chek’s #SweatForThis campaign by going back to the goals that I set at the beginning of 2015 and determining what steps to take in order to ensure I accomplish them all (or at least come close!)…
So here are my goals and what I’ll be sweating for in the second half of 2015:
1. Qualify for Boston. It didn’t happen in Phoenix so I’m going to try again in October at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. The course is supposed to be flat at fast so if I put in the work, I could have a good chance. I set my half marathon PR there last fall so I kind of know what to expect for parts of the course. I am also doing my best to recruit a few pacers to keep me company during the race. I’m aiming for a 3:33 finishing time which would mean 8:07/mile or a 5:02/km which sounds absurd but YA NEVER KNOW.
2. Run a sub-1:40 half marathon. I need ideas for this one. The only half marathon I’m signed up for this year is SeaWheeze in August and that it not really a PR course (for me, at least). I guess anything can happen but my focus when I run that race is usually just to have a good time. I need a few months to get my speed back so if anyone knows of a nice half marathon in September or early October, I’d love recommendations!
3. Log 1500 miles for the year. I’m at about 618 miles to date and there are 27 weeks left so if I run an average of 32.7 miles a week, I’ll have no problems achieving this one!
4. Complete at least one trail race. I just signed up for my very first 5 Peaks race! It’s at Albion Hills on July 25th and I’ll be completing the Enduro course (11.4km). I used Jess’s discount code (“JESSICA”) at checkout for $5 off my registration fee…thanks Jess!
5. Pace/crew/cheer/support my runner friends. I got to be a part of @runemz’s crew back in January when she ran the Coldwater Rumble 100-miler (read about it here!). It was such an awesome experience to be there supporting her and then pacing her for the last 20 miles. There are a lot more races and a lot of friends accomplishing goals this year so I’d love to get out and do what I can for everyone.
6. Do what it takes to stay injury-free. To be honest, I haven’t been doing much lately but I’ve been injury-free (*knocks on wood*) so let’s hope it stays that way. As my marathon training mileage ramps up, so will my strength training/stretching/rolling. I’m pretty good at taking time off when things don’t feel 100% so I’ve done a decent job at keeping injuries at bay.
So there we have it! Looks like I’m on my way but I still have quite a bit of work to do if I want to achieve some of these lofty goals.
Huge thanks to Sport Chek for letting me participate in their #SweatForThis campaign by sharing my run stories, my gym bag contents and a workout, tips on getting race ready, and my goals for the rest of 2015!!
P.S. I haven’t forgotten that some of you wanted a review on the New Balance Zantes – that will be up next week!
P.P.S. Today is your last day to submit your #SWEALFIE for a chance to win $5000 to Sport Check. Details here!