Wednesday, 2 January 2013

PBs and beyond

Can we take a minute to talk about running goals? Have you planned out your race schedule for 2013?

Last year I led my first half marathon clinic, and while I loved every minute of it, it took the focus off my running and placed it on everyone else's.  This year I am going to be a little bit more selfish.

I shared with you that I will be starting a new training clinic next week called Edmonton Run Project. I am pretty excited.  Like starting a new job excited because I have no idea what to expect.  It is 10k format focussing on form and speed. Two things that I am not great at focussing on. It was time for me to change things up. After 4 years of half marathons, a full and my first trail relay I noticed that I had plateaued.  Here's why:

  1. I hate speed work. I can't pace myself. I feel sluggish and I really, really don't like being out of breath. Enter coached speed work sessions!

  2. I always run with the same group.  I love my run group. They are like family to me. But it's time to branch out and run with different pacers, people faster than me that drive me forward. Except J. Our running relationship broke up 2 years ago and I have never looked back (he's faster than me and I am jealous and competitive)

  3. I have a 5min/k barrier. It is part mental part physical but I intend to crack it in 2013.

Does this mean I am done with distance? No way. I love it. I just am taking a back to basics approach to improving.  Watch for some race recaps here in Feb and onward! Also in 2013.. no more headbands that make my forehead look as huge as it does in that cover pic ; )

Do you have any running goals this year? Let's share them and keep accountable!

Your running bud,



  1. Thanks for the link to my blog!
    And I hate speed work too. I did what was supposed to be an interval run today and I felt so tired after being out of breath the second time that I just wanted to walk the whole way back home. I don't think my dog liked it either haha.
    I am actually interested in getting into a run group for the first time. I think I'm waiting a month for the whole resolution phase everyone goes to so that I can sign up and meet the regulars.
    My major running goal is to cross the finish line at my first Half Marathon! I also would like to beat all my current PRs on my 5K, 10K and Quarter Marathon. Heck, if I run my half by April and can beat that PR in the Fall, I'd be the happiest!

  2. No problem! My friend always says "you need to run faster to run faster" lol. That's my speed work motto ; )


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