Final wrap up of 2016

Having started the year with a double parkrun, it’s only fitting that I end my year with a parkrun as well – my home parkrun at Balyang Sanctuary. My final kilometres in a very packed year. Very proud of my statistics for the year (and only a little tempted to go out and do another 200metres)…

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Checking in on my running goals

With a mere 2 months of the year to go, my mind has already started drifting to what my running goals might be for next year…..which then brings me back to how I’m tracking for this year’s goals.

Reach my 50 parkruns
Done – still very proud of this achievement and love wearing my 50 shirt. Clearly my new goal in this vein is to reach my 100 next year 🙂

Try out as many new parkruns as possible
Definitely have been doing this. I haven’t counted up how many I’ve done this year but I’ve certainly racked up some kilometres trying out parkruns near and far.

Improve my parkrun time
This was a goal I didn’t think I’d be able to do much about but, recently, I’ve managed 2 PBs and have knocked a minute off my time which I’m really pleased with.

Try out a trail event
Tick. I haven’t just tried out a trail event, I took on a huge one in the Surf Coast trail half marathon. As well as a few smaller ones with the Hoka series. I’m officially hooked. Wish I’d tried them out sooner 🙂 I’ve also discovered how much I love the trails in my own backyard and run them whenever I can.

Dream goal – 1000km for the year
Still a bit of a dream and I’m not sure I have it in me to reach it this year. I’m currently on 723km for the year which is over 100km more than I was at this time last year but still quite a way off my dream goal. And I’m far too sensible these days to push the kilometres beyond what I should. Probably 😉

So, 4 out 5 goals achieved (and 1 that I’ll get very close to) – nothing to complain about there! My running has definitely been more consistent this year and I have my amazing running friends to thank a lot for that. It’s so much easier to make yourself get out there and run when you know you have people waiting for you and the chance for a coffee and chat at the end. Here’s to dreaming big in 2017.

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Surf Coast trail half marathon – my toughest event of the year but such great memories

Running goals for 2016

With the new year now here, it’s time for me to think about my goals for 2016. To be honest, I found it a bit hard to think of some and have sat on this post for a while. I like having some events and things to look forward to but don’t deal well with the pressure I end up putting on myself to achieve things. And I have trouble walking away, even when I know I should (like when I’m injured). So here they are, but the last goal is the most important…

  • reach my 50 parkruns
  • try out as many new parkruns as possible
  • improve my parkrun time
  • try out a trail event
  • dream goal – 1000km for the year

As always, my biggest, most important goal is to ‘run happy‘ and not get too caught up in times, distances and the feeling that I have to do any of it. If it stops being fun, I stop.

Bring it on!

Reflecting on 2015

At the end of last year, I set some goals so I guess it must be just about time to see how I went…

  • Finishing a half marathon 
    Done – still the proudest moment of my year. Up there in the top 3 ever 🙂
  • Reducing my 5km time. Anything closer to 30 mins will make me happy 
    A little. And it was very early in the year. My times lately have started to come back up but I’m not where I want to be
  • ‘Run sensible’ and injury free – listen to my body and do what it needs, not necessarily what I feel like 
    Mostly. The fact that I’ve run pretty much all year tells you I’m doing ok. I still get achilles niggles but am getting better at listening to them and stopping when needed.
  • Increase my running habit, gently and carefully. Aiming for 4x per week 
    Sometimes. Very much dependent on the previous goal. Sometimes I can get away with it, sometimes I can’t. However I am a lot more consistent with my running and have run more this year than I did last year.
  • Try out a trail event
    No – haven’t officially got to this yet. They still scare me a little bit. I’ve run solo on trails but haven’t yet made it to an official event.
  • Get back to my happy running weight (which was about 10kgs ago – oops!)
    Not yet but I’m moving in the right direction!
  • Run as many parkruns as I can 
    Absolutely. I’ve just clocked up #30 and have been a lot more consistent with this throughout the year.
  • Volunteer at parkrun 
    8 times & every one of them was so much fun. Not sure which I enjoy more, volunteering or running!
  • Be a parkrun tourist at any opportunity I get 
    Yes! This year, I’ve visited Toolern Creek, Altona Beach, Castlemaine, Hervey Bay, Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo and Tuggeranong so I’ve definitely made the most of touristing opportunities!
  • Most importantly, ‘run happy’ (as the lovely people at Brooks say) and remember why I run – because it clears my head, makes me smile and makes me an all-round nicer person to be around. 
    Definitely. I was at risk of losing my running mojo again recently – feeling a little burnt out and stressed about my upcoming half marathon. And then I remembered why I do it. There really is nothing quite like heading out for a run at sunset to clear your head and put a smile on your face.

Bring on 2016!

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Checking in on my goals for 2015

I’m linking up today with April from Run The Great Wide Somewhere, Patty from My No-Guilt life and Erika from MCM Mama for their Tuesdays on the run link up party. Today’s topic is 2015 goals update.

So, how am I going?

  1. Finishing a half marathon
    Done. Feels like a long time ago now but really did set my year up beautifully. I’d still like to do another one but it’s hard to top running in Maui! There’s a great one in Tasmania in January so perhaps I’ll start my year off with it again!
  2. Reducing my 5km time. Anything closer to 30 mins will make me happy
    My fastest time was in March this year but I haven’t really been anywhere near it again for a while.
  3. ‘Run sensible’ and injury free – listen to my body and do what it needs, not necessarily what I feel like
    This one is still my hardest challenge. My achilles is again being annoying and taking a few days off running feels like forever so I really have to make myself take any longer amount of time. But I’m trying.
  4. Increase my running habit, gently and carefully. Aiming for 4x per week
    I did for a while but it resulted in my current bout of achilles annoying-ness.
  5. Try out a trail event
    Funnily enough, I’m supposed to be going to a night trail event tonight but am having to pass because of my foot. I have done a few solo trail runs over the last few months and have absolutely loved them.
  6. Get back to my happy running weight (which was about 10kgs ago – oops!)
    Er, no. I think I’ve managed to lose 1kg since January. But, on the up side, I haven’t put any more weight on!
  7. Run as many parkruns as I can
    Definitely. I’m up to 16 – 50 club is a long way off yet but I’ll get there!
  8. Volunteer at parkrun
    4 times and another coming up soon. I’m even being brave enough to try new roles – timekeeper up next.
  9. Be a parkrun tourist at any opportunity I get
    I’ve run 4 courses other than my home one and am off to Canberra this weekend so will be trying to do my first interstate run (achilles willing!).
  10. Most importantly, ‘run happy’ (as the lovely people at Brooks say) and remember why I run – because it clears my head, makes me smile and makes me an all-round nicer person to be around.
    Definitely. And this goal is still so much more important than any of the others – so important to remember why I run and not just do it mechanically. I really am a better and happier person for running, which is why I get so frustrated when I can’t!

How are your 2015 goals going? Any you want to change or add to?

ticking one off the bucket list

At this morning’s parkrun, I finally managed to do something I’ve wanted to do forever – I ran 5km. Without walking. I know for many of you, that’s not a big achievement, but for me it was that illusive goal that I didn’t think I’d ever reach.

I almost didn’t get out of bed – a week of work has left me feeling tired and I was tempted to sleep in. When I made it down to the river, I could see it was an absolutely beautiful morning for running and was glad I hadn’t let myself stay in bed.

11150323_10152821647437083_2044851493008598980_nOnce the starting gun went, I can’t say I had a particular plan or even an intention to run it all today. I was just trying to stick with my goal of ‘running happy’. Run when I want to, walk when I don’t. And it just happened today that I wanted to run. Even after I got tangled in the lead of one of our parkdogs, I still didn’t let it faze me and I kept running.

The only place where I even thought about walking was not too far from the finish line as that’s where I’m traditionally gathering the energy for a final burst across the finish. But I just kept plodding along steadily and had the hugest grin while I crossed the finish.

crossing the finish line & feeling amazing :)

crossing the finish line & feeling amazing 🙂

I didn’t run a PB time-wise but I really didn’t care – it wasn’t about speed today (not that it ever is for me!), it was all about running and achieving a goal I had thought I never would achieve. Even better, my foot held up well and didn’t give me pain, either during or after the run. I’m crossing my fingers that it won’t be too creaky when I wake up in the morning.

Time for a goal check-in

As we’re now a few months into 2015 (and I’m on school holidays which is always a bit of a reflective time), it seems like a good time to check in and see how I’m going towards my goals for the year…

  1. Finishing a half marathon – done!
    Still feel very happy & proud of achieving this one and am looking around to potentially run another one later in the year 🙂
  2. Reducing my 5km time. Anything closer to 30 mins will make me happy
    I have reduced it a little with a PB a couple of weeks ago at parkrun. More importantly, my times are getting both better and more consistent.
  3. ‘Run sensible’ and injury free – listen to my body and do what it needs, not necessarily what I feel like
    I’m trying. My achilles is playing up at the moment so I’m back to stretching, foam rolling and have shortened my distances.
  4. Increase my running habit, gently and carefully. Aiming for 4x per week
    Not yet. See #3 which is making this hard.
  5. Try out a trail event
    Funny that I’m checking in with this today as a friend had just sent me a link to a local trail event a few hours ago. I’m thinking about it – just have to see how my achilles holds up first.
  6. Get back to my happy running weight (which was about 10kgs ago – oops!)
    I’m working on it. Slowly.
  7. Run as many parkruns as I can
    Have definitely been doing this and have just completed my 10th. I’m loving the camaraderie and feeling connected to my local community as I’ve never really been much of a ‘joiner’ before.
  8. Volunteer at parkrun
    Done! In fact, I’ve actually volunteered twice with another stint coming up in a couple of weeks. Lots of fun and worth passing up a run for.
  9. Be a parkrun tourist at any opportunity I get
    I’ve had 1 tourist jaunt with another couple planned over the next few months. Much to my husband’s annoyance, I’m planning our upcoming Sydney trip around ensuring I’m close enough to a parkrun on the Saturday morning 😉
  10. Most importantly, ‘run happy’ (as the lovely people at Brooks say) and remember why I run – because it clears my head, makes me smile and makes me an all-round nicer person to be around.
    Definitely! I lost my running mojo a little with the preparation for the half marathon. I think I had put so much pressure on myself with the whole race-cation thing that it squeezed some of the fun out of it. However the actual run well and truly put the fun back in and I’ve been back in love with it ever since. I also have parkrun to thank as that has also helped me to ‘run happy’.

Not doing too bad so far!

How are you going with your running goals for the year?