Looking back at this year, I didn’t have many aggressive running goals. In the past, goals may have been to run 4 half marathons, do a sub-25 minute 5k, etc. But in 2018, my goals were:
- To be able to run healthily throughout my pregnancy
- To complete the Cleveland Marathon Challenge Series (5k/10k)
- To be back at running after baby #2 and do 2 races in the fall
As I said, not very ambitious goals. Which is probably why I was able to meet them!
Here is how I did:
Run throughout my pregnancy as much as possible
Did I do it? Yes. In fact my last run was 4 days before LM was born (I ran/walked/hobbled a 10k). Was it easy? No. Were many of my runs primarily run/walks? Yes. This time around, running was much harder. When I was pregnant with FW, it was easier (not easy though) to continue running, and I thought for sure I wouldn’t be able to do it with LM. But thanks to my treadmill, my supportive husband, and the Cleveland Marathon Ambassadors, I met this goal more often than not.
Complete the Cleveland Marathon* Challenge Series (5k/10k)
I went into this race weekend, 39 weeks pregnant, with 2 goals. 1. To at least try to run 2. To not give birth or go into labor on the course. And I met those goals, giving birth 4 days later.
To be back at running after baby #2 and do 2 races in the fall
Similar to goal #1, this has also been much harder with LM than FW. I’m definitely getting back into shape, but it is a longer and slower process. But, I have done 3 races since giving birth in May, including one fun stroller run with the whole family. They weren’t PRs, but I did run the Turkey Trot faster this year than my first year!
Questions for you:
- Do you make running goals?
- Did you meet your 2018 goals?
Disclaimer- I am a Cleveland Marathon .