Usually I am pretty certain about my goals for the year. I am a strong believer that target setting is important to help maintain motivation, and provide structure. Every year I set goals with confidence, knowing that I may not achieve them all, but knowing that this depends on my commitment and determination. I therefore usually book events a year in advance, and by now I would usually have the whole of 2021 mapped out. 2020 changed this for me. After having clear marathon plans in 2020, knowing I would reach over 100 races as an official pacer, hit over 80 marathons, and writing my itinerary for marathons HERE, this was taken out of my control. Therefore this year I will write down my goals, but some of these will not be as clearly defined, and based on a reality that 2021 starts uncertain for us all.
Before I go into some specific goals, I have some basic goals. Stay injury free; Get back in Shape; Complete 2021 miles in 2021. I also want to see many people at start lines, and travel having family adventures.
Sub 3 attempt
One thing for sure is I want to work towards a sub 3 marathon and Boston Qualifier. This is going to require some real hard work, commitment and determination. Not only with my training, but lifestyle. Over the last few years I’ve put on weight, and over the last year with covid I have drunk too much alcohol. I have put on weight, and I am carrying too much excess for a sub 3 attempt. I am feeling lethargic and that will not help me hit my goals. So I am going to focus, starting with January, on drinking more water, less alcohol, and eating healthier. This alongside some dedicated training, with the support of Coach Kev, will put me in a good place.
Pacing around the World
The fact that my love of running comes from running with, and supporting others has not changed. Therefore although I know it will be more limited, I absolutely hope to pace more events around the world. I already know some events will now clash, and I know that others will not happen. So 2021 will not be as great as 2020 was planned to be, but to be honest, it will be a step in the right direction.
London, Berlin, New York, Chicago, Amsterdam, Liverpool, Manchester, Prague, Brighton Marathon, plus many half’s and 10k are all in the pipeline and possibilities. Many are unconfirmed, and will very much depend on the Covid situation, but I am hopeful that at least some will happen.
I already know I cannot pace Rome because of a clash, Miami has already been cancelled and Richmond aren’t having pacers. There are others that have or will clash, but 2022 will be the one to plan for.
Ultra Marathon Goals
I don’t have any real targets for my love of ultra running, other than to complete. So far I am booked on to Race To The King, which I am really looking forward to after Race To The Stones and Race To The Tower. It will be my 6th Ultra, and I always love to take myself out of my comfort zone. I would love to sign up for more and looking forward to it.
Possibly the worst cancellation of 2020 was Ironman Santa Rosa. I found this extremely stressful, as it was a huge expense, and a dream family holiday. It was the first time planned to do an Ironman out of Europe, and we had great plans. It was perfect owing to the dates, but its now.been rearranged and moved to Sacremento. The date is not ideal, as it is in term time, but we are determined to follow through with our plans.
This will be my 5th Ironman. I wanted to do at least one a year, but 2020 just was not possible. This time I want to train properly, and I am already building bike stamina on my Echelon Spin bike. I love the classes and I am feeling confident that I will be able to get to the start line in the best bike shape ever.
Looking for Adventure
I am also on the look out for a big adventure. I have a few ideas in mind, but am open for suggestions. I would love to do MDS, but can’t afford it right now. I’m looking for something to push my boundaries, something that’s not easily achievable. If you have ideas, then let me know.
So what are your plans for 2021? Let me know.