Updating My Goals for 2018

2018 has been a good year so far, only one injury – a little hamstring strain that just doesn’t want to go away. However, this injury has slowed me down a little and caused me to re-evaluate what I want to accomplish the rest of this year, versus where I was in January.

Simplifying my goals a lot, but if I can get this marathon monkey off my back…well it will be a good thing.

Keep Running

What do I want from my running?

First and foremost, I want to to keep running. Which gets harder as you get older and as much as I hate to admit it being over sixty is getting older.

So I have to treat my body and think differently if I plan to keep running.

I know that I will always tend to push a little harder or a bit before the old body is completely ready, but that is also who I am. I just have to find a happier medium between the two extremes – “wanting to just run, to too much too soon” and the usual couch potato status due to injuries cycle – that I seem to repeat far too often.

Not really a measureable goal, more one of those holistic ones. However, if I accomplish the next one, I think that will be evidence of succeeding on this one.

Goal: Listen to the old body better.

Run a Marathon

Second, believe it or not I do want to finish another marathon, it is something that has been sticking in my craw since my last one in 1983 and the want part is moving to more of a need thing as I get older.

The thing is I gotta get and keep the old body healthy enough to get to the starting line.

Finishing the Maine Marathon on September 30, 2018 would put to bed a few storylines that have been kept open for far too long. A big reason that I have chosen the Maine Marathon is it is after the 2019 application cut-off for Boston, so even if I trained for a BQ time, it would not do me any good for the 2019 race.

That and I had a did not start for the Maine Marathon back in 2007, when I hurt my right knee a week before the marathon. Which is curious to me when I look back, since it was the same knee that I hurt back in 1983 and do not really remember how I actually hurt it. Coincidence???

Getting to the starting line has been a problem ever since 1983, but I think that getting rid of the need to train for a BQ pace, will help take some of the stress out of my marathon training and keep me healthier.

Save that BQ goal for another day on a different marathon course, this year I have to prove to myself that I can successfully train for and finish a marathon.

The above image is a screenshot of the Maine Marathon home page.

My primary training goal for the Maine Marathon will be to get to the starting line healthy. Which means at some point I will have to think about a training plan that I will use as the basis of my training – not that I will follow it exactly, I never do. However, having one will give me a foundation to build from and some guide rails to keep me from getting too far off track.

Once I get to the starting line, I tend to believe that everything will work itself out, because I will be properly prepared to run the distance and the time will not be the big thing, I will just need to focus on getting to the finish line.

I need to erase the agonizing memories (read about it here) of my last marathon finish and put those ghosts to rest for good – it is time.

Goal: I will finish the 2018 Maine Marathon on September 30, 2018.

Running Shoes

When it comes to my running shoes what is it that I want?

Comfort.

That is all.

I want to be able to run in running shoes that do not cause discomfort or pain for the distances and speeds that I still run. I don’t much care which style, model, Brand’s name or logo is on the side as long as I run comfortably in them.

The shoes that have worked the best for me this year have been the Skechers GoRun Ride 7’s, so instead of attempting to re-invent the wheel, as a part of this running shoe re-focusing/shift, I am planning on doing the bulk of my marathon training in that model.

Over the summer I am planning to have a five shoe rotation:

  • GoRun Ride 7 – I will be alternating two pair for the bulk of my training miles, I have one pair with just over 170 miles on them and another pair that I just got. I imagine that I will probably go through 3-4 pair of GRR7’s over the course of this marathon training cycle. I plan to pick up another pair when the newest model I have reaches 200 miles and retire the older pair to walking shoes, then repeat this shoe replacement cycle until after the marathon. I will in all likelihood run the marathon in the GRR7’s and will buy another pair for the race and get about 75-100 miles on them prior to race day.
  • I honestly do not see me getting enough miles on the rest of the shoes in my rotation to need them replaced.
  • GOTrail – OG – trail running/hiking. I do plan to run the Quarry Road and possibly Bond Brook trail race series using them.
  • GOMeb Razor 2 – tempo or faster paced training – I still plan to do a faster workout at least once a week – but faster is faster for me and maybe use them as my half marathon race shoe if I attempt to go for sub 1:40 – I plan to do at least one half this summer, whether I race it or run it is a different question.
  • Brooks Green Silence – for the occasional 5K/10K race or if I decide to go beat myself up on the track.

The rest of my stash of running shoes will head for storage.

I am hoping that reducing my running shoe rotation helps to keep the body in one piece longer, since it seems the more choices that I have with running shoes the more issues my body seems to have.

Not always looking at or surreptitiously getting yet another pair of running shoes will be the hardest goal for me, since I have been a shoe whore for such a long time and there are still so many great running shoes out there that I still really, really want to try. I imagine that I might slide off the rails of this goal, once or twice ;-), just being realistic.

However, running shoes do not make the runner – genetics, good training, attitude and yes, the brain make the runner, with a little luck along the way, although the wrong pair of running shoes still does suck donkey balls.

Goal: I will stick with my five shoe (2-GRR7, GOTrail, Razor 2, and Green Silence) rotation and only change shoes in this rotation when these shoes need replacing.

The reality is that

I do have to listen to my body better and take care of the niggles before they become major issues and time away from running. I also need to try a more practical view of how I look at and use running shoes…

I have to see them more as tools to run comfortably in, not as a primary part of my blogging.

These goals/comments might seem to be very common sense things for a runner to do, but often-times this particular runner hasn’t had a lot of common sense about running or running shoes…maybe it is time to look at and do things a bit differently.

Which also means being smart about doing this marathon thing.

Oh sure, I could go ahead and register today, that way I have a real incentive to get myself going on my second goal. However, part of goal #1 is to listen to the body and get it healthy enough to start goal #2.

Right now I know that my body is not healthy enough to start marathon training.

So I will wait until the end of June to see where the old body is before registering and taking off on my marathon training adventure. I do not want to set myself up to fail to get to the starting line – again.

Everything between now and the end of June are geared towards getting myself ready to start my marathon madness – once again.

Now to get working on some right hamstring and left Achilles rehab, a lot of walking, a bit of cross training on the elliptical, doing some weight work, a little brain retraining, putting away the shoes that are not listed above and look around to see what kind of marathon training plan best fits my goal to finish the marathon.

This should be an interesting summer.

I know Mary ain’t gonna be thrilled with this marathon idea, but I gotta go with it, otherwise it will be one of those I should’ve things that will just stick in my craw.

No excuses this time.

2 thoughts on “Updating My Goals for 2018

  1. Great goals – I think crossing the line on a marathon will banish some old demons in your head. Having it be ‘just finish’ will also help – not that you won’t judge yourself according to time/pace, but that is just life.

    Also think that normalizing your shoes will help … I feel like the quest for the perfect shoe is a never-ending journey, which unfortunately is not a cheap trip! I have a different approach, as I am very cheap about running shoe, so when I wasn’t happy with the Kinvara 8s I found it exhausting … ugh, don’t want to have to deal with that! Fortunately I was able to adjust the lacing enough to get to a happy place, but I will still have to deal with it. Perhaps back to Nike, or New Balance … or the Merrells I got before vacation (they were nice to run on in Barbados, who knows?!?).

    But yeah, it is like my mantra – no pace, no race, no distance … nothing is more important than being able to get up and run tomorrow.

    Good luck with the rest of 2018!

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    • Thanks Mike – Sometimes we just have to stop, step back and look at what we really want to accomplish, then put together an idea of how to get there by building the proper foundation and not always attempting to bull our way through. My problem is accepting the bull is now a mouse and that the old ways no longer work.

      Running shoe have been a focus point for my blogging for so long that at times it seemed they were more important than the running. I am not professionally blogging about anything and am moving in a different direction in my running life. Shoes need to become what they really are – a tool that protects my feet comfortably while I get out and do something I love – run.

      Although I misjudged when I will need to start a 16 week plan – a little sooner than I thought, so the first couple of weeks might have a bit more elliptical than running as I get my hamstring back to where it needs to be. However, this is something that I want to finish and get out of my system. Now to get the old body to cooperate 🙂 Always a challenge.

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