Since writing about my 2010 goal proved to be a success, I am going to continue writing about my annual goals. My goal in 2010 was to see how many of the 52 weeks in the year I could run at least 3 days. I did not have any minimum distance planned, but it turned out that for the first 26 weeks my minimum distance was 2 miles, and for the second half of the year my minimum distance was 3 miles. As of this evening on December 31, 2010, I have accomplished my goal by running at least three days a week for the entire 52 weeks. I am honestly very proud of myself.
I have decided that for 2011, I am going to keep my goal at 3 days a week. I really considered increasing to 4 days a week or making a goal of 1,000 for the year, but to be perfectly honest, I feel like a minimum of 3 days a week was enough to challenge me without being stressful while balancing school. Not only that, but it allowed me buffer room for taking days off when I have felt ill or had minor injuries. I have made it the entire year without any significant injuries, which I do attribute to not over-training. I certainly may run more than 3 days a week, and I did for a few weeks in 2010 (although I'll admit that I was at 3 days more than anything else). In addition to running a minimum of 3 days a week, I want to add in 1 day of doing some type of upper body work-out as well as an ab work-out. Since it is not something I do regularly, this may start as doing some push-ups or lifting some light weights. I figure at least 1 day a week is better than nothing. Like last year, I am going to keep a running count on my main blog page. In terms of racing, I would like to get a sub 27 minute 5K (accomplished 5/28/11), and a new PR for my 10K. I also want to try for a sub 2 hour half marathon. I also want to be better about stretching!