I keep talking about my word for the year. Believing in myself is not something that comes naturally for me. It has taken time and focused energy to get to the point where I have accepted that I am a runner and capable of the times I have reached in my running. But with my word focusing on my belief in myself, its time I really start to put this into practice, not just in my personal life, but in my training.

My first goal of the 2018 is to complete a 5k in under 30 minutes. This has been something that I have wanted to do for years. YEARS! And I am finally ready to commit and make this goal a reality. This past November I had this goal in the back on my mind and at a Thanksgiving Day 5k I set a new PR of 30:50. I am SO CLOSE to accomplishing this goal. And with this off-season focusing on strength and form work, I know that I am ready to get this time down even more.

On March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day), I will be participating in the Kirkland Shamrock Run 5k and making my first attempt at a sub 30 minute 5k. This will not be easy, in any sense of the word. This course is filled with hills, turns, and everything in between. And if the Seattle area lives up to its name, it will surely rain on this lovely day. But I can’t let this stop me from attempting this goal. I am ready. I am preparing. And this goal is mine!

So here is what training is going to look like for the next few weeks while I prepare for this race:
Speed Work: The only way to run faster in a race is to run faster in practice. As I am coming off of the off-season, I am adding back in speed work days and focusing on holding a pace for longer period of time. Track days, tempo workouts, and fartleks will be the goal workout every Monday, typically in the fashion of a 1 mile warm-up, 3-4 miles in speed workouts, and a 1 mile cool-down.
Strength Training: I have not gotten this far on running alone. Crossfit, stairs, hill repeats, and a running strength class have all attributed to my increase of speed and strength over the last few months. The goal over the next few weeks is to complete 2-3 days of strength training. Just like the saying goes “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” my strength training routine has done nothing but help me in my running, so I am not cutting it out in any way!
Long Easy Runs: Yup, you guessed it. Just like the other areas are important, it is still important for me to be running a long run once a week where I can just log the miles. Right now I have been doing between 8-10 miles on Saturday, so I am going to keep this up. This is a time to put to trial the other workouts I have done during the week and find some clarity in my head space.
Nutrition: You might not realize it, but your nutrition plays a huge role in how you preform. I try to eat in moderation, but there are always days where it is easier to grab something on the go instead of making my own meals. My goal for the next five weeks is to find a good base to work off of for my nutrition. From more veggies to proper hydration, I am taking into account everything I would do while training for a half or full marathon. Just because the distance is shorter, does not mean I get to slack in this area.

Well, there you have it. What will happen in the next five weeks will be hard work and the dedication to completing this goal or getting closer then before. I am excited for what is going to happen at my first race in 2018. What are you training for? Are you ready to join me in the year of believing in yourself and crushing goals?

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** Want to join me at the Kirkland Shamrock Run? Use code “AMIREALLYARUNNER” to get 15% off your entry fees. **

Until next time
-Be Fearless, Go Boldly

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