Now that the 2006 season is over, I am taking a break from running and the gym. My poor ole knees have been begging for it so it is well deserving in light of this holiday season. In the meanwhile, I have had a chance to reflect upon the past season and what I can do and expect for 2007.
Goal #1 – complete a distance greater than 8k. The Lockport Y10 looks enticing as does the Buffalo half-marathon. Ultimately, I would love to compete in one of the world class marathons such as NYC or Boston.
Goal #2 – continue my streak of lifetime PRs. Consider this…my age group (50-54) is the most competitive for male runners and those that place are usually sub-20ers. My only purpose in life, and running, is to improve on what I currently do. So , starting at 22:11 for a 5k race this goal means going below 22 minutes and less in order to qualify for most lifetime PRs in a season at the Checkers AC season ending awards dinner. How many dead rabbits does that equate to? Who knows…
Goal #3 – break the 22 minute mark. Obviously, this becomes even more difficult to attain since the human body can only endure so much. If I can consistently do sub-22s and possible sub-21s, I would be proud to consider myself an elite runner.
Goal #4 – help Steph achieve some lifetime PRs. Obviously, this means I’ll be competing against myself but aw shucks, she’s my wife. I’ll cut her a break. After all, its only an added incentive to do better myself!
For all of those of you who will be holding me to these modest goals, I only wish you a happy holidays and a prosperous and healthy 2007!