Ok first and foremost this is a running post… This is just one aspect of my life. My goals and desires for 2014 extend far beyond what is contained below but today’s post is exclusively dedicated to 2014 RUNNING GOALS and PLANS! So here it is…
January – March (Baby baking)
Not much on the running front here. I will continue my hiatus from running while pregnant and hopefully sometime in March we will welcome a healthy baby runner-chick to the family.
April (Post-partum recovery)
This will include walking and pelvic and core strengthening. I followed the same approach in the 6 weeks after Little A was born and it was a winning formula.
May (Build back – distance)
This will be gentle and will start with a lot of run/walks. Over the course of the month I hope to build back to 4 sessions per week of running up to an hour.
June – October (Finding speed and Racing)
In this period I have set my sights on a 5km, 10km, 15km and half marathon. Whilst I don’t expect any PBs in this time I do hope to slowly be chipping my way back to pre-baby paces as my training kicks on.
My program consists of a mixture of intervals, tempo, easy, long, lactate clearance and hill runs.
I can NOT wait!
October – December (Back baby!!!)
By October I will be 6 months post-partum and hope to have hit my pre-baby paces. If there are any PBs to be had in 2014 this will be my time to shine. I will have followed a conservative, consistent and restrained program to date and should be strong and “tuned” for my final Hoo-Rah for 2014.
With no “long” distances on the cards at this point, I will be “bringing it” in the intensity stakes. I should be well adjusted to my training load and able to unleash the speediest version of myself.
There are not loads of races at this time of year but I have got my eyes on a 5km and a 10km and I am hoping to set a new PB in both.
My ultimate 5km goal is a sub 20 minute so I would be stoked if I could hit a 20.xx in 2014.
Similarly my ultimate 10km goal is a sub 40 minute so I would be equally stoked if I could manage a 42.xx by the end of 2014.
So in summary my goals are:
- Be patient through my post-partum recovery and build a strong body. At which point I will gently build back a “good” base distance.
-Build back to my pre-baby paces
- A new 10km PB (42.xx)
- A new 5km PB (20.xx)
So there you have it folks. My ultimate 2014 running year. But before I can make these dreams a reality I have 10 more weeks of pregnancy (+ recovery) so I am still keeping my running fire alive through you guys – so THANK YOU. Remember there is no such thing as over-sharing in the world of running. Even photos of your chaffing make my inner runner beam from ear to ear!
OK now for the good stuff. I promised you all a giveaway and here it finally is. Better late than never right?!?!
Paul’s Warehouse have kindly donated a $30 voucher for one lucky reader. If you are not familiar with Paul’s Warehouse check them out here. They are always running lots of great promos and buy one get one free offers for a wide range of running and other footwear. Paul’s Warehouse deliver to anywhere in Australia so this competition is open to all my Aussie friends.
To enter all you have to do is leave a comment below telling me either:
How you kicked off your running year?
What is your biggest running goal for 2014?
So share away and WIN!!!!
Competition closes Saturday 11th January at 5PM Adelaide time.