Kathleen’s Running Goals for 2015:
1. Break a 2:15 half marathon time
Last year the goal was 2:20, now I know that 2:15 is reachable for me! I came close in 2014, so I’m pretty sure I can do it in 2015! I’ve heard that the Shamrock Half Marathon course in Virginia Beach is flat, so I’m hoping to make that the big goal race 🙂
2. Run at least 8 half marathons
Right now I’m signed up for 5 half marathons thru May. Since I completed 7 half marathons in 2014, I want to complete more in 2015! I’m pretty sure I have three more races I want to sign up for (2 half marathons and 1 full marathon) and then potentially a double weekend in the fall. 8 halves should be no problem… barring that I do not get injured in 2015.
3. Incorporate cross training into the weekly schedule
I really need to get back into cross training. I really liked yoga but the instructor I enjoyed is too far away, so I need to sign up for yoga at my new job. I am also going to get some weights so I can start weight training at home. I’m going to make it a goal to do one cross training session a week—no matter what!
Lauren’s Running Goals for 2015:
1. Break a 1:50 half marathon time
Last year my goal was to break a 2 hour half marathon. I did that in October 2014, when I ran the St. Louis Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon with a time of 1:53:52. This year, I want to go below 1:50. I know I can achieve this goal if I continue to run at least 4 times a week, and incorporate at least one of my training runs a week to speed work.
2. Try new fitness related activities
I really want to push myself out of my comfort zone and try some new fitness activities in 2015. It’s crazy to think that just a few years ago, I would have rather done basically anything other than running. Running seemed like torture to me! Now I am pretty much obsessed with running, so I want to try other activities that I might be unsure about and see if I end up enjoying them as well. I am thinking of either trying to bike or swim regularly, because eventually I would love to compete in a triathlon!
I have also purchased Insanity Max 30, which I am going to start after the Walt Disney World Marathon. It is a 60 day program and it is super intense, but the before and after pictures of people that have done it are amazing! I am going to commit myself to it, and follow through with all 60 days.
3. Healthier eating
I am going to start cooking more at home and eating out less. It will definitely be a challenge, but I know at the end of the day it will save me money and be better for my health. It’s not like I eat terrible now, but I could benefit a lot (like most people) from eating healthier more often. I will try to blog more about healthy recipes that I try and will definitely be checking out others blogs to get inspiration for a healthier lifestyle!