Updated 2016 Running Goals

September Goals Check In

Hi everyone! Today I’m headed all the way across the country to Vermont for the Rise.Run.Retreat with nine other awesome female runners/bloggers. September has flown by as it always does, with both Ryan’s and my birthdays and our wedding anniversary – and especially this September because of our adoption of Ollie.

September also marked my second month of training for the California International Marathon – I’m now halfway to race day! So what did I accomplish this month in working towards my 2016 running goals?

September Goals Check In

Updated 2016 Running Goals

PR in the Marathon

I think many of you are familiar with the ups and downs of marathon training. Some days, you are confident in your ability to run a PR and have a great race. Other days, you question whether you are training hard enough for the demands of the race and for the goals you set for yourself. 

September Goals Check In

Overall, training has gone well so far for CIM. Now that I’m nine weeks out from the race, my mileage will increase and my workouts will become more race specific. Based on how training has gone, I think 8:05-8:15 is a reasonable goal pace for the race. Yes, if I ran 8:15/mile average for the entire marathon, I would just miss qualifying for Boston, but I’m trying not to obsess over that goal as much as I did last year. If I BQ, then I will undoubtedly be incredibly excited; but if I miss a BQ but still run a smart and strong race and meet my goal of PRing, there really won’t be much of a difference to me. Boston will always be there. 

Improve Fueling and Hydration

Recently, I started using these fuel pouches to hold my gels for long runs. Since I can seal the pouches right back up and stash them in my pocket with no mess, this makes slowly taking fuel easier than with the packets. On my longest run to date, a 17 miler last week, I sipped at the gel every two miles from miles 6 to 12. This provides so much more energy and keeps my stomach feeling better than consuming a larger quantity of gel at once. 

September Goals Check In

Improve Running Form

Does Pilates count? I admit that I have slacked on working on my form. I have been including strides as part of my warm-up for speed work and tempo runs, but I’m neglected to do strides, hill sprints, and drills after easy runs. I need to refocus on this area next month. 

Strengthen Core

I am obsessed with Pilatesology and the hundreds of workouts they offer! Longer Pilates sessions have strengthened my core so much. I feel like I am maintaining good form and pace while running up and down hills and my recovery feels quicker after speed workouts or windy runs. 

Optimize Nutrition for Peak Performance

Each marathon training cycle is unique, and I’m noticing that my fueling needs feel different this time around. Maybe I’m better at listening to my body or maybe I’m not pushing so hard as I was with Hansons that my appetite is constantly suppressed. 

While I’m still eating vegetarian at lunch, as training becomes more intense, my preferences shift from lentils and quinoa to eggs (yolk and all). Maybe my body needs the iron, the B vitamins, or the protein, or maybe I’m eating lots of eggs because they are easier to digest for me than legumes and quinoa are. 

September Goals Check In

I’m very pleased with how my nutrition has been treating my stomach well this time around. I’m not experiencing the GI problems that I was while training for the Portland Marathon. 

One thing I plan on experimenting with over the next month is drinking bone broth with lunch. Chicken bone broth contains collagen, glucosamine, calcium, and magnesium, which make it an excellent food for a healthy gut, strong immune system, and quick recovery (source: Run Fast Eat Slow). Ryan and I always purchase our chicken on the bone, so it’s easy to make a batch of fresh stock each week in the crockpot. (Also, homemade stock tastes very delicious and is economical – you’re using parts of the chicken that would otherwise be thrown away.)

Full recovery and a healthy gut are my priorities right now in nutrition, along with ensuring that I am eating enough and getting the carbs that my body needs. 

Lift Heavier Weight Weekly

Perhaps not necessarily heavy weights, but I did lift weights 1-2 times per week in September (with the exception of this week, since I don’t like to strength train the week of a race). That is sort of the compromise of marathon training: I don’t want to push my strength training workouts as hard as I do when I’m not in marathon training. 

That said, I’m resisting the temptation to use Pilates as my only form of strength training during marathon training. It’s time to crank up those lunges, squats, step ups, planks, and push ups before CIM! 

Grow My Coaching Business

In October, I’ll be announcing a new and exciting features for my coaching services! 

September is the start of fall race season, which means several of my runners raced this past month. I am so proud of all of them! 

What steps are you taking to achieve your goals?
When’s your next race? 

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20 Responses

  1. I’m so jealous of and excited for you for this weekend. So many of my favorite people! Tell them all HAAAAYYYYYY for me! You continue to amaze me with your diligence and dedication and then ensuing success. You are going places, my friend!

  2. Vermont, eh? That is SO COOL! Take me with you! You’re going to have so much fun. What’s the Portland marathon like as a course? I’m curious…

    1. Vermont is beautiful – great for running! The Portland Marathon course is fantastic – a few hills at the beginning and 16-18 mile area but mostly flat (but not pancake flat, if that makes sense). Scenic and never too crowded – but you’re never running alone either. I would definitely run it again.

  3. I hope you have fun at the retreat! You are doing really well with your marathon training and I love reading about it. I bet Vermont will be a fun place to visit and run!

  4. I need to get back to writing monthly goal posts. I find it hard to focus on multiple workouts- if I’m focusing on running and training for a half or other goal race, I tend to neglect things like strength training, which can significantly benefit my running. If I’m doing more strength training and boot camp style workouts I tend to neglect running. I’m not sure why I find it so hard to focus on both, but one of my goals for next month is to prioritize a more balanced workout schedule!

    1. Thank you so much! Your training has definitely been inspiring to follow. Emotions are all over the place in marathon training – but that’s part of the journey!

  5. I think goal-setting is so important but often I neglect it! I have a training journal so I guess I check in periodically, but not month-to-month. Good job on keeping up with your goals, although “PR in the Marathon” is no small matter! Such a runner goal to have 😛

    1. Thank you! You should definitely try the full version. The free trial will give a bit of an idea, but the full version has over 800 videos so you never get bored – and there’s a lot of pilates videos for runners.

  6. It was so wonderful to be able to run with you on Sunday at the race. You have so much strength within you and I can’t wait to watch and see how CIM goes for you. I truly appreciate your genuine kindness and everything you brought to the group this weekend! I hope my husband and I get to travel back to Seattle again sometime soon as it would be so wonderful to meet up. Congrats on your half finish yesterday and hoping that your travel back was stress free!

    1. It was so wonderful to be able to run with you! Best part of the race was running with you and Sarah. I really hope that you are able to travel back to Seattle soon – we can meet up and run. 🙂 Congrats on your half and I can’t wait to see you again!

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