I think we all have a great big wild dream. But it’s hard to say out loud because the idea of failure sounds worse than never trying. It’s hard to accomplish because we get lost in self-doubting our abilities. And it seems like an insurmountalbe leap from our current state. How does an out of shape once upon a time good runner go from couch potato to 10K queen? Baby steps.
Running has become the singular most important aspect of my life again. Funny how cyclical life can be. This week my sports psychologist gave me homework – to define my goals for the next 1, 3, 6 and 12 months. Below are my answers.
By August 19:
Goals: Continue seeing Dr. Connors and Duke Chiropractic to fix the problems/junk/tightness I’ve created, work on imbalances, increase mileage, gain strength. Find a coach, be consistent and lay base miles for the real training. Mentally work on visualization and teach myself how to hurt again.
Race: Aug 2nd NYRR Team Champs
By October 19:
Goals: Hopefully by this point I’ll be in maintenance phase instead of crisis mode with the nagging injuries I’ve been dealing with. Find my speed again! Trust coach, don’t compare to previous Allie or others, just enjoy the process of continued fitness. Become a mental badass – I am in control of my feelings, no one else should be able to dictate my personal satisfaction or lack their of. Learn how to toss others opinions out the window.
Races: 20K National Champs on Sep 1st (potentially racing this) and Great Cow Harbor 10K on Sep 20th. Would love to win the 10K – will probably need to run near 33:00. The course is rolling, so that effort would be close to my PR.
By Jan 19
Goals: Endure marathon training, get an incredible base for track season. Compared to teammates in Boulder, tempos and long runs are my weak spot. Need to be strong enough to handle back to back 100+ mile weeks first (goals for the previous months)! Hopefully this will be more of a maintenance phase with the mental aspect.
Races: NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5k on Nov 4, USATF Club Championships 6k on Dec 12, & Houston Half Marathon (aka the half marathon national championships) on Jan 18th.
By July 19 2015:
Goals: Get the Olympic qualifying time. In 2012 only 3 people had the qualifying time, so it didn’t matter where they placed at the Olympic Trials. Finishers 1, 3, and 8 went to the Olympics. The qualifying window starts Jan 1st 2015. Let’s do it! Prepare for Championship style races; learn how to change pace and sit and kick. I ran at the Adidas Grand Prix in 2012 – the Africans fartleked the first 3/4 of the race. All the American’s got dropped – not because of the pace, but because they kept changing speeds. Next time I see them I want to keep up. If these goals become a reality I’ll need to keep up mentally too – I’m attempting to physically get on an entirely different level, my mental strength needs to be there too or it can’t happen. Need to 110% believe I can do this; currently have a lot of doubt.
Races: Payton Jordan 10K – run the Olympic A standard – & USA Champs in late June – need to finish in the top 3 and have the qualifying time to punch my ticket to the World Champs in August.