I know, I know. It’s already more than 5 months into 2016, and I am just finalizing all of my running goals for the year. But, better late than never.
Last year, running became a huge part of my life and I couldn’t be any happier that it did. Prior to starting to run last May, I was hardly able to run an entire KM without stopping – and now I have two half marathons and a 15KM race under my belt. Not bad, right?
I can definitely attribute much of my running progress to running with others. Not only was I able to learn to run by running with other people, I was also able to become a stronger and faster runner than I ever thought I could. I learned that it was much easier for me to run in a group, as it was the push I needed to keep going when I’d have otherwise stopped. I also learned that if you talk as much as I do (for those of you who know me – that’s a lot), then chatting away really helps the KM’s fly by. Meeting new people is a great distraction, particularly on long runs when there’s not much else to do than chat.
It took me a long time to convince myself I was a runner. I think I even annoyed my friends when I referred to myself as a “non-runner,” especially when I’d say it after a run.
Even now I occasionally find myself feeling like a fraud when I call myself a runner out loud, but my biggest takeaway in 2015 was that if you run, you’re a runner. No matter what. Running fast is great, but so is running slow. Running alone is great, and so is running in a group. Running when you want to run is great, but sometimes running when you don’t want to run is even better.
But, no matter what – if you run, you’re a runner.
With that thought in mind, I’m happy to report I have a whole lineup of races I plan to run this year, with more on the horizon after that (did someone say full marathon in 2017?! Alright, maybe 2018…)
Here’s what I have in mind to run this year:
- Goodlife Fitness Toronto Half Marathon, May 1
- Goal time: 2:00
- Actual Time: 2:00:49
- Toronto Waterfront 10K, June 25
- Goal time: 0:55
- Lululemon Seawheeze Half Marathon, August 13
- Goal time: 1:55
- Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Half Marathon, October 16
- Goal time: 1:52
I’ll be the first to admit that this likely isn’t the full list. I recently learned that FOMO is a REAL thing in the running community.
Check back to see how these races went!