In January, I posted my outlook 2015 on my old blog. Now May is there, the sun is shining and I want to assess, remind me about my running goals and little dreams for this year.
“You never know what’s around the corner. It could be everything. Or it could be nothing. You keep putting one foot in front of the other, and then one day you look back and you’ve climbed a mountain.” – Tom Hiddleston
What is it what I want?
What do I want to do? What do I want to reach this year? I basically had no inspiration at first, but finally got to figure out which goals I want to reach. What I would be proud of. Yes, goals and not resolutions. Except some wishes of course like being more positive – which happened when I stopped doing a work that was not suitable to me – more relax and lighter than the past two years, having less fear about doing things and being more optimism, laughing and smiling a lot. I also need something concrete to rely on at the end of the year, something that is measurable. Something I can always look back to and be proud of.
So 2015 is a lot about finding myself and about my running. I strongly believe about finding myself mostly through my running experiences so all my goals are actually related. In January, I listed different running goals. I still feel pretty excited about them. With a tough beginning in 2015 I just feel my life is as it should be. 2015 is my year, I can feel it. No injuries, big time of running and a lot of fun and laugh! In January, I was thinking about the following:
1. Run 2015 miles in 2015
2. Finishing Paris Marathon in sub 3:45
3. Help a friend to become fit
4. Start my “Project Ultra”
5. Create a running group
6. Stay injury free
Run 2015 miles in 2015
When I’m in a good mood, I often make jokes about my running addiction. When I decided to run 2015 miles in 2015 it is because I recalled a guy who had a similar project in order to raise money for charity. Sounds a bit more selfish because I will only run my 2015 miles for myself, to know if I am able to do it.
Today, May 2015, I only ran 269,11 miles. With this huge break after the Paris Marathon because of knee pain and then my new tattoo, I lost a bit of time. But I think it was necessary, at least regarding the pain in the knee. I needed some recovery time. This is one of the toughest running goals and stays one of the biggest challenges for this year so far.
Finishing Paris Marathon in sub 3:45
I ran my first marathon in Berlin in 2013 with a time of 03:59:48 and wanted to improve my time during the 2014 edition. I was injured four days before d- day so I thought it wouldn’t be possible to run Paris Marathon in 3:30 as I had planned.
But… I did it. I ran the Paris Marathon in sub 3:45… You can read the race report here. One of my proudest moment so far this year. A mix of happiness and post marathon depression to check this out of my running goals list.
Help a friend to become fit
In January, two friends of mine asked me if I could help them out to become healthier and more fit. I said yes. In the meantime, this goal has changed. The first friend who was following a plan had some hip pain before starting that she didn’t treat so she had to interrupt the plan. But, she is doing great at yoga and eats pretty healthy. I call her the eco-aunt.
Now I’m helping four persons. One is focused on running, and the others are focused on core and strength training, mixed with a bit of running or swimming. It’s a lot of fun, a lot of work, but I love it. I really consider doing my personal trainer certificate some day. Stay tuned!
This is my favorite goal. My baby. In 2016, I want to run my first ultra-marathon on trails (for those who don’t know, an ultra-trail marathon includes all races with a distance above 42K – some say starting from 50 miles). In January, I didn’t know which one to run yet, but now I know. I will run one of the distances of the Zugspitz ultra-trail, the Supertrail XL which is a distance of 78,5 KM with +4106m altitude in Germany and Austria. The idea behind “Project Ultra” is to build up my mileage progressively and make my body stronger to avoid any kind of stupid injuries. More than a running goal, it is a dream to run more than the marathon distance, and I hope my body is strong enough to endure it. I don’t want to look back in December 2015 and tell myself I failed on that.
Create a running group
I like the idea of creating a running group of different level and different persons who could meet and run together to share the same passion. But I decided to put this goal on hold for 2015. The idea behind it still is to bring people together, help beginners to stay motivated and share their thoughts or any hesitations they could have with more experienced runners.
Instead, I would like to find some running buddies to share the trail with and maybe explore the nature around Berlin.
Stay injury free
Well. There is nothing big to say about that. It is pretty clear. Having been injured in 2013 and 2014, my goal is actually being able to run continuously for the next years. Now I know that this is actually normal to deal with some injuries during our running career, but if I can minimize their apparitions… What’s on the plan? I keep going with my core, stability and strength exercises. I stretch more and I really need to start doing some yoga. But for now everything feels right. I also included some hills training to strengthen my legs. For now that’s it.
So these are my principal running goals for the year. The one I really want to reach, the one I feel uncertain about. But that’s the kick. If I am sure about reaching all my goals, where is the challenge? I will certainly have a lot of other adventures around the road and I am really looking forward to embrace them. With all the other obstacles life gives me especially with my professional life, maybe 2015 is a year of challenges. Who knows?