Goals for 2016

Goals for 2016

Goals for 2016

With 2016 almost upon us I wanted to let you know what goals I am setting myself for the year ahead.

But first let’s see how I did with last year’s goals.

Parkrun. I wanted to do 24 parkruns this year but I only managed 11! I’m not going to set a parkrun goal this year as I must confess I find the 9am start a little bit early.

5k time. I wanted to get my 5k time to 26 minutes. I feel I achieved this with my Waddesdon 5k time of 26:37.

10k time. I had an aim of getting this time down to 55 minutes by the end of the year. I got it down to 56:03 so some work to do.

Trail running. I think running Trailffest in September ticked this one off the list.

Cross-country. I still haven’t taken the plunge with cross-country. I might do one race next year but I’m not putting it on my goals list

Cani-cross. Something I still want to do and will try to get to the local cani-cross club before Easter.

2016 Goals

I’m keeping my goals short this year and just concentrating on few things that I know I can achieve.

10k time. Last year I wanted to get my time down to 55 minutes and managed to get it down to 56:03. I’m still going to aim for 55 minutes in 2016 and have a target race in March so will spend the next two months training specifically for this goal.

Coaching. Since May I’ve been a qualified Leader in Running Fitness and have really enjoyed leading the beginners group at my club and co-leading our start to run class. This year I want to take the next step and become a qualified coach. This will be through British Athletics and is an 8 month course. So my aim for this is to complete the course, get my qualification and then start coaching people!

Which leads me to…

My mum’s half marathon. Me and my mum are going to run a half marathon in May. This will be my mum’s first half. So my goal for this is to support my mum with her training, using some of my coaching training, and get her crossing the finish line with a smile on her face.

Fundraising. A few weeks ago the Dr Hadwen Trust sent me a letter telling me about their Grand Challenge to raise money for blood brain barrier research which will help find ways to treat and cure brain tumours. As we have family friends who have been affected by brain tumours both me and my mum felt that this was something we would like to raise money for.

Brain tumours kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer, yet brain tumour research receives just 1% of the UKs spend on cancer research.

Raising £1,000 is a huge goal and is one that I will be working towards with my mum in 2016, using our running as one way to raise the money.

So there are my goals for the year ahead. A short list with only one time goal but a list that is going to keep me quite busy for the next 12 months!

Have you set yourself any goals yet? How did you do with your 2015 goals?


This post is part of the Tuesdays on the Run linkup with Marcia’s Healthy Slice, My No-Guilt Life and MCM Mama Runs.

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  • Lynda@fitnessmomwinecountry

    Nicola, so fun becoming a running coach. I did add some running goals to my list also {on my blog} and am hoping to meet them. I set the bar pretty high, so fingers crossed.

    • I think the best challenges are the ones where you feel a bit scared when you say them out loud! Good luck with your goals, I’m looking forward to reading about them.

  • You had a great year Nicola, and 2016 looks like it’ll be very exciting! How great your mum is training for a half! All the best in the new year! Thanks for linking up!

    • I think 2016 will be a great year!

      Both me and my mum have started on our training plans and I know she is going to do really well.

  • Lacey@fairytalesandfitness

    Great goals! I have no current ones I am working towards in 2016. The only race I have right now is my Goofy challenge in January. That will be fun running w your mom. I never have but my sister has as they are closer to the same pace.

    • The Disney races all look like such fun, hope it goes well for you.

  • Rachel

    Great goals for 2016! And nice blog name. 🙂 We’re twinsies separated by an ocean! http://www.runningonhappy.com

    • Oh good blog name 🙂

      Nice to meet another happy runner!

  • Kristen K.

    Great job with your 2015, and good luck in 2016! It looks like you have some great goals there!

    • Thanks Kristen. I’m excited about them.

      Just to let you know your blog isn’t on your Disqus profile!

  • awesome job on your 2015 goals!!!

    2016 looks great too! good luck on those goal!

    I am working on my 2016 goals now…stay tunrd 😉

    • Looking forward to reading about your 2016 goals!

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