My running and fitness goals for 2016

I was going to write a ‘review of 2015’ type blog post but decided not to. 2015 has happened. 2015 is history. I completed my PhD and can now call myself Dr Emma (I won’t because I’m not a real doctor). I laughed, I cried and I said farewell to too many loved ones. I travelled, I ate too much food and I drank too much wine.

Due to various injuries I ran the grand total of 150 miles in 2015. Although 2015 was a bit of a write-off from a running perspective, it’s time to look forward and to think of some running and fitness goals for 2016.

The more observant readers of my blog *waves to my friendly stalker* will notice that some of these goals are identical to the goals I set this time last year.

No purchases of running gear – Perhaps a slightly unusual goal, but in 2016 I have set myself the challenge of not purchasing any running gear. I have enough pairs of trainers to supply a centipede and enough running clothes to last a lifetime. Both Sweaty Betty and Lululemon are located less than 5 minutes walk from my friends flat in Marylebone. Wish me luck!

A sub 30 minute 5k – Last year I managed a 30:04 parkrun, those 4 seconds irritated me for days. This year I will retire from running if I fail to run a sub 30 minute 5k. That is correct. I will retire from running! The slightly long-term goal is to achieve a sub 25 minute 5k.

Complete a Half Marathon – I am still yet to complete a half marathon this decade. I’m aware that going from zero to 13.1 miles in a matter of months is a massive challenge but I’ve already entered the inaugural Cannock Chase Half Marathon. As an experienced runner I really should be more sensible.

Complete 10 parkruns and 10 races – I love my local parkrun; Walsall Arboretum.Walsall Parkrun 15_08_15 2I love the challenge of racing against other runners and pushing myself. I don’t, however, love the limited public transport in Sutton Coldfield during the weekend. Although completing more races than I did in 2015 will be easy, the lack of transport options means that I can only really enter local races. The goal for 2016 is, therefore, to complete 10 parkruns and 10 races.

Run more consistently – My running has been consistently inconsistent for a number of years. Although in 2014 and 2015 this was due to a series of injuries, previously it was due to laziness. In 2016 I plan to run more consistently. Injury permitting the goal is to run 3-4 times every week.

Make friends with strength and conditioning – In December I spent over an hour with an amazing sports physiotherapist. Rather than simply treating the injury, Rowena took the time to find the reason for all of my running injuries. I discovered that I had a slightly rotated right hip and was provided with a personal exercise program. As a result I will be following a strength and conditioning program for the first time.

Improve my diet – Not a running goal, but if I am to improve as a runner, I need to improve my diet. I was given a copy of ‘Training Food’ written by Renee McGregor as a Christmas present. Once I’ve finished my temporary Christmas job at M&S I will have plenty of time to read my pile of Christmas books.

Swim more – In a moment of madness towards the end of 2015 I entered Swimathon 2016. As a really, really weak swimmer going from zero to 60 lengths by March will be a huge personal challenge.

Wish me luck!

What are your running and fitness goals for 2016?



4 thoughts on “My running and fitness goals for 2016

  1. Maria @ runningcupcake says:

    Good luck with those. The no running gear- I mean, that’s a brave one indeed! I would need willpower of steel!
    I have a few ideas for times for certain distances, but I will see how things are going. I wanted to do more parkrun tourism as there are more popping up closer to me (I can’t face going into London and all the faff that it involves), and to earn my volunteer t-shirt- I am over half way. Nice goals 🙂


    • Emma says:

      Thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog.

      I’m already struggling with the no running gear goal. After writing this blog I discovered that I had won a place in the London Marathon. I suspect I’ll end up having to buy some more trainers!

      Good luck with achieving your goals. I’d love to do more parkrun tourism but as I don’t have a car I’m reliant on other people.


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