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.
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?