Just because my off season came earlier than planned and just because it is my off season from marathons, doesn’t mean I don’t have goals to go with it.
As always writing my goals down for me to look back on is always a good way to keep myself accountable and help myself achieve them.
They might be simple and they might be obvious, but I have been thinking a lot about what I want to do with this time to make the most out of it and these are the things I have come up with that are important to me.
It may seem like a simple obvious goal, but just because it’s the off season doesn’t mean that I won’t be running! I would like to keep my weekly mileage around 40 miles a week at the minimum (more if I am having a good week), while keeping a long run in the double digits whenever possible. If I feel like running fast I will run fast sometimes, but most of all I just want to be running whatever I feel like for that day.
This actually will be the most challenging thing for me, but I really want to incorporate some non-running activities into my weekly schedule. Whether it’s spinning, cycling, TRXing (is that a verb?) or going to yoga (!!), I want to do at least 2 non-running activities a week. The more I can fit in the better and I am set up very well for this with my new job, so there are no excuses.
Just because I may not be in PR shape doesn’t mean I shouldn’t go out there and see what my legs have in them. I want to get back into the spirit of racing, doing some for fun and doing some to push myself to my best for that day. I don’t want to be afraid anymore. I want to run some shorter races and different distances and just have fun enjoying the race atmosphere that I have lost this year.
With all of these goals, specifically the running and racing ones, I want to run a lot of trails. I want to do more trail races and I want to get out on the trails twice a week or more if I can. They make me happy, they keep my running interesting and it’s just something I really want to do.
The most important goal, I want to have fun with my running. I want to run with friends, in fun places, and just truly enjoy the art of running. I want to always want to go running and always have a smile on my face during.
Do you have an off season in your running plan?
Do you set goals during that time?