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My Fitness Goals

Mar 28, 2013 | Running | 12 comments

When I started training for my first marathon, my goal was to finish it. No time plan, no strategy. Just cross the finish line.

Then I discovered that if you don’t finish within 8 hours, you don’t get a medal. Finish in under 8 hours and earn the medal was the new goal. 

Then I started reading more running blogs, watched the Paula Radcliffe ‘incident’ and decided to add ‘not shit myself’ to my goal.

As I start running more, completing more races and taking a keen interest in fitness, my goals have changed.

My Running Goals

  • Run a sub 25 min 5K
  • Run a sub 55 min 10K (hopefully I’ll achieve this at one of my 10K’s in May) 
  • Run a sub 2 hour half (my current PR of 2.06 was set this year)
  • Run a sub 4.30 marathon (this is a long term goal, my current only marathon time was 4.54
  • Run the New York Marathon – this might change in to a ‘Run all the Marathon Major’s goal!’ 
  • Take part in more fun runs ( I am so excited for the Colour Run to come to London!)

My Fitness Goals

  • Keep improving my cardio fitness through running and cycling
  • Fit more exercise into my routine 
  • Make my body stronger through strength training- BodyPump, TRX and circuits 
  •  Become a group fitness instructor (one day!)
  • Complete a triathlon
  •  Complete the London to Paris bike challenge 

Some of these are short term goals, but many are long term.  I know that I need to keep my goals updated to keep me motivated. Currently, my main focus is my 10Ks in May (I have accidentally signed up to three within 2 weeks!) As I haven’t run a 10K before, I’ll get a PR no matter what, but I’d like to get a time I’m proud of. One of the 10K’s is the Nike Own the Night, and another I am running with my cousin in her first ever race, neither of which will be a goal race for me! So, I am concentrating on the Bupa 10,000m on May 27th and hoping I can meet my sub 55min goal!

What are your fitness goals? Do you have time specific running goals?


  1. swimruneat

    I feel like your goals are pretty much word-for-word the same as mine. So weird!

    • Charlie

      Awesome! seems like you have almost the exact half marathon PR as me too!

  2. KW

    Hi there! Like your blog. I saw your blog from SkinnyRunner and I was interested, because I’m moving to England in September.

    My fitness goals are to run a 5K in sub 30, run my first marathon (October in York), run on the beach more, and lose 10 pounds. The rest is other stuff.

  3. Mary

    Haha! I like your Paula inspired goal and hope that you succeeded in achieving it in your first marathon!

    My running goals are pretty similar to yours too!
    •Run a sub 26 min 5k
    •Run a sub 56 min 10k
    •Run a sub 2 hour half (my current PB is 2.09)
    •Run a sub 4.30 marathon (again, a long term goal. I am aiming to run sub 4.45 at my marathon in May)
    •Run the London Marathon

    Is the Colour Run coming to London? When’s this happening?! 🙂

    • Charlie

      Yes Colour run is coming to London on the 13th August but registration hasn’t opened yet! Which marathon are you running in May?

  4. Elizabeth @ livingrunningcooking

    Good morning (or early morning your time?)!! I saw your blog on Skinny Runner and was encouraged my your “I’m not fast” comment… because neither am I!! I typically run around a 10:30 mile… and am super excited when I have a sub 10:00 mile! Can’t wait to hear about your 10 K’s!! You got his.

    • Charlie

      Thanks for stopping by! And yes it’s late afternoon here in London!

  5. FamilyFitnessandFoodery

    So with you on the build strength and getting certified to be a group fitness instructor. Awesome goals lady!

    • Charlie

      Thanks, good luck with your goals!

  6. Sarah

    I am also hoping to break a 2 hour Half Marathon. Hopefully, I’ll accomplish it.

    I love your goal to become a group fitness instructor. I play with that goal in mind all the time since I attend group fitness at least 3x a week.

  7. Mathias

    What a great goals you have! I think it’s really best to up your level for the sake of your improvement. I don’t have any fitness goals; I just want to maintain my body’s proportion that’s why I keep running and working out. Anyway, good luck in your run in May 27, and I hope you achieve all your goals.

    ..Mathias Michelakis..

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