Updated running goals and race plans for 2017

At the beginning of the year I set myself some challenging but achievable running goals for 2017. I felt so confident I shared my goals and signed up to Trail Running’s #RUN1000MILES challenge.

Unfortunately, I picked up a running injury towards the middle of January and found myself sitting on the injury bench.


The injury was so persistent most of the first six months of 2017 were a complete write-off. I stopped running, started stretching, sulked, put on a lot of weight and sulked some more.

My house was spotless.

I forgot about the majority of my running goals.

Now that we are almost half way through the year and *touch wood* my foot injury is under control, I decided to update some of my running goals and race plans.

Run 700 miles Run 400 miles – I’ve just checked my training log on Fetch and discovered I’ve run the not so impressive total of 29 miles in 2017. 29 miles!!! If my maths is correct, I’ve set myself the target of running another 371 miles in six months.  I’d like to think I’ll be able to run approximately 60 miles a month.

Complete 10 parkruns and 10 races Complete 5 parkruns and 5 races – After writing ‘DNS’ next to several races this year, my race calendar is starting to look slightly more respectable. I’ll summarise my race plans later on in this post.

A sub 8 minute mile – I’d like to think that this goal is still achievable.

A sub 25 minute 5k A sub 26 minute 5k – I set my current 5k PB of 26:49 last February. If my foot continues to behave, I’d like to think that at some stage this year I’ll manage to run a sub 26 minute 5k.

A sub 55 minute 10k A sub 60 minute 10k – My original goal was to run a sub 55 minute 10k during the Vitality London 10,000. Now I’d be over the moon with a sub 60 minute 10k!

A sub 2:20 half marathon – The original aim was to run a sub 2:20 half marathon during the Cambridge Half in March. Although Cambridge was a DNS, I’ve decided to keep this goal the same.

Listen to my niggles – At one stage my foot was so painful I had little option but to listen to my niggles. As an injury-prone runner I now realise that listening to my niggles is not enough. I also need to improve my diet and make a lot more effort to follow my strength and conditioning ‘personal action plan’.

Join a new running club – Although I resigned from my last running club at the end of March, my lack of running fitness has made me slightly reluctant to join a new running club. I suspect that I’ll continue as an ‘unattached’ runner for the rest of 2017.

Be slightly more sociable – I still tend to run on my own and I’m still a running recluse. To be honest I enjoy running on my own so much, I can’t see this changing. Although I am a bit of a loner, I have really enjoyed volunteering at a range of local events.

Don’t buy any unessential running gear – My foot injury has definitely helped me curb my obsession with buying unessential running gear. Hopefully I will actually achieve this running goal 🙂

My race plans

As I’m the type of person who needs a target race, I’ve entered the Great Birmingham Run in October.


If my dodgy foot doesn’t cope with the half marathon training plan I’ve put together, I’ve entered the Lichfield 10k as a sort of Plan B race.


If my foot doesn’t cope with training for a 10k – the way it is feeling right now this is a definite possibility – I’ll have to look at dropping down to even shorter distances.PrintFingers crossed my foot lets me achieve at least a couple of my running goals.

Do you have any target races planned for the second half of 2017?

Did you sign up to Trail Running Magazine’s 1000 mile challenge? If you did and you didn’t receive a Ruff headband let me know and I’ll post you mine.


8 thoughts on “Updated running goals and race plans for 2017

    • Emma says:

      Thanks for reading my updated running goals waffle! I also hope I remain injury-free for the ready of 2017 *touches wood* I think revising my goals was the only sensible option!

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  1. cat h bradley says:

    I like that you added the goal of not buying inessential running gear! My hubs and I have been pretty successful at living a more minimalist lifestyle and buying less, but I will say running gear is always tempting to me! Good thing to keep in mind!


    • Emma says:

      Thanks Cat! I had the same goal in 2016 and failed drastically. I was actually quite ashamed when I worked out just how much money I spent on running gear I didn’t need last year. Congratulations on the more minimalist lifestyle. After starting to track all of my purchases at the beginning of the year, I’ve managed to cut down on the amount of ‘stuff’ I buy.

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  2. Maria @ Maria Runs says:

    I hope you manage to get those goals- revising them is very sensible instead of the all or nothing approach.
    I realised last autumn I was close to running 1000 miles in 2016, so with a push at the end I managed it on the final day by about 2 miles! This year my mileage has been a lot lower though due to work being even busier and a few niggles.


    • Emma says:

      Thanks Maria. I’m quietly confident I’ll be able to get at least a couple of my goals. Running over 1000 miles in a year is seriously impressive! Now that I’ve stopped myself comparing the first six months of this year with last year, I feel slightly more positive about my running. I hope that your niggles have cleared up…


  3. AnnaTheApple says:

    Fingers crossed you remain uninjured! I feel your pain about constantly being injured. So far I’ve remained OK this year…. need to keep it that way!
    I like how you’ve adusted some of your goals rather than throwing them away completely. It’s the best approach. Life is never simple and goals can sometimes be unrealistic when different things happen that weren’t foreseen. I like your style!
    I’ve got the New Forest Marathon in September…and possibly Bournemouth (but we’ll see…).


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