I’m currently still traveling thousands of miles from London to Sydney to spend NYE watching the fireworks over Sydney harbour with friends before heading onwards to Hawkes Bay, New Zealand for a friend’s wedding.
I feel so lucky that I can work anywhere, however this trip will definitely be filled with quite a lot of laptop time, with an essay due in Jan and an exams later on in the month…not to mention the blog! I’ve got some awesome projects coming up in January that I can’t wait to share with you.
But in the meantime, I wanted to post my 2018 running goals and to hear all about your goals for the coming year. I’m not setting resolutions, rather focusing on what I want to achieve or work towards reaching.
Run a marathon PB – my marathon PB from Berlin 2014 of 3.49 still stands and I am determined to break it this Spring, either in Tokyo or in London. Actually, I’m not sure I’ve announced yet that I’m running the Virgin London Marathon 2018! More on this later, but I’m super excited to be running one of my fave marathons again.
Run a BQ – this is still a huge priority for me (although I know some people mentioned to me that by running the Boston marathon in 2017, it might reduce my drive to earn a spot in Hopkinton – this is certainly not the case. Infact, it has made me even more determined to run the race again, and my friend Addie that I made on the bus on our way to the start, and I have made a pact to try to be there in 2019! I know I need to knuckle down to achieve this, complete the key runs, not ignore the strength/conditioning and recovery…and most of all make it a priority in my life. London is the goal race for this, however there’s another couple of marathons in the Summer that I have my eye on incase – including the Freakin Fast Marathon in Idaho at the start of September.
Become a stronger runner – I think this will help me achieve both number 1, 2 and 5 on this list. I’m going to swap one run a week for a gym session (and try to add another in too) My friend Tashi, a super speedy runner, has just qualified as a PT and I’m hoping to convince her to train me for in the lead up to London. Let me know if you’d like us to create some content around this – maybe some regular videos/blog posts?
Continue our running podcast – incase you missed it, my friend Susie and I started a running podcast. We;d love you to give a listen, rate and review it on iTunes and let us know what you want to hear from us. Leave a message in the comments below or send me an email at email@example.com. You can listen to Run the World Podcast here.
Run my first ever Ultra – so this is a BIGGIE for me, but I turn 30 this year, and because I’m a weirdo, I’m celebrating by running 30+ miles. Entry to the race I want to enter doesn’t open until mid January… so although I’ve announced it on the podcast (incentive to go and listen lol) I won’t publish it until I’ve got a bib. But it’s a 50K in the PNW…
30 for 30… my friend Vic, the reason I started running, would have been 30 this year too (his birthday is two weeks after mine) and so in memory of him and to celebrate this milestone, I am running 30 races and raising money for MIND. I’ll share my JustGiving Page with a list of the races at the start of January. But in the meantime, are there any must-do races I should add to my list? I’m looking for some London/UK specifically to add to my rather extensive list of International half and full marathons!
What is on your running list for 2018? What are your goals, key races and must-dos for the year?