8.1 Miles & 2016 #goalz

Yesterday was another lazy Saturday.  But I feel kind of like a hypocrite by saying a “lazy” Saturday included an 8.1 mile run, but it did.  The rest of the day, however, was none other than hella lazy.

Angela had to work so she left the house early and I slept in.  I had my car at her place so I probably could’ve gone and done something, but instead just did a little bit of work, a little bit of blogging, made some coffee, etc.  And then just continued the lounging until she got home.

Then we immediately got ready and went to meet up with Liz for a long run.  At this point, our long run was just 8 miles.  More to come on my training plan tomorrow, as 1/4 will be the first day of training!

We started at Liz’s house and did a route through Clayton to Forest Park.  When the watch beeped for 4 miles, we turned around and headed back pretty much the same way we came.

There really isn’t much better than a run with friends!  It seemed so relaxed and easy, even though we were going a good pace and there were some hills thrown in that I’m not super accustomed to anymore now that I’m not living in Cincinnati.  It would just be so much harder if I was doing it alone.  Average pace was 7:58, so I was pleased with that and how good it felt.

After the run, Angela and I went to Camille’s sidewalk diner…but trust me, we did not sit on the sidewalk.  We sat cozily inside with hot chocolate.  I had a great chicken panini and tortilla chips.  Speaking of food, there’s been a lot of talk the past few days about dieting and fitness and health goals.  And I realized I posted about how 2015 went and alluded to some things I’d like to do in 2016, but did not jot down any specific.  That’s probably because I’ve still been coming up with the goals, or what I prefer to type as #goalz.  So without further ado, here’s what I’d say are my current goals/resolutions for 2016, starting with running because that’s most important and what this blog is all about.


  • PR in the half marathon, 8k, and 5k.  My goal for my upcoming half (in April) is < 1:34, which would be a fairly considerable PR as it is currently at 1:35:56.  So I’d really be happy with shaving any time off of that, but go big or go home, right?  For the 5k, I reallyyy want to run under 20 minutes.  My intention is to make that happen in my usual 4th of July 5k race because that’s my favorite, but there’s so many 5k races all the time, that I’m sure I can hit my stride in one of them as long as I train for this shorter distance appropriately.  I have only run one 8k in my life (the Rudolph Ramble a few weeks ago) and it wasn’t anything super stellar (36:47) and I’m already registered for the Shamrock Shuffle 8k in April, so I’m thinking this should be an easy PR.
  • Race more.  I started to do this towards the end of 2015, when I ended up doing 4 races in the last 2 months of the year.  Normally I keep my racing to a minimum, but I think doing a lot of shorter races will be fun.
  • 2,016 miles in 2016.  This is a bit aggressive, but I’ll try.


  • I don’t want to try to set any super lofty goals here because then I generally have a hard time sticking to a diet if I say I’m going to cut out everything all at once.  So for January I’ve decided, that my goal is to not eat any sweets/candy/dessert.  The holidays are always a rough time in that department and I need a sugar detox.  But I’m not ready to go as extreme as saying I’m not going to eat anything with sugar, I’m just going to start with saying no to all the candy and cookies floating around my office, etc.
  • Again, another goal just for January is going to be limit alcohol.  There isn’t anything great going on in January – no holidays and no trips planned.  But Dayton Basketball is in full swing so I’m sure I’ll want to go out for some games  and have a beer or go on some dates, which is typically to “grab a drink.”  The binge drinking will come in February for Mardi Gras and March for St. Patty’s Day, so I’ll just try to limit in January.


  • Read at least 1 book a month.
  • Be more open-minded.
  • Don’t buy new clothes.  I’ll actually used this one the past 2 years and have made it to about May each year I think.  So might as well keep it going this year and see how far I can make it.

I haven’t given as much thought to those more generic/not as quantifiable goals.

Woohoo already off to a solid start this year with runs on both days!

What are your goals for 2016?

How many miles are you going to run in 2016?

2 Thoughts on “8.1 Miles & 2016 #goalz

  1. You shouldn’t have any trouble PRing at Shamrock. The three times I’ve run Shamrock, I’ve always done a 41-42:xx. At Rudolph, I did a 45:xx. The Shamrock course is MUCH friendlier and the field is MUCH larger, which I think makes it easier to run faster (the course isn’t crowded, but you’re surrounded by way more fast people, which in my experience makes it easier to run fast). Plus if you’re familiar with the Chicago Marathon course, it makes Shamrock feel like a breeze! You start the same, so when you hit mile four you’re like, “Holy smokes, I’m already almost done! This is GREAT!” Hahaha.

  2. HAHA That’s awesome! And yeah, I totally agree on the larger races make you run faster. i think that’s why I did so well at the Hot Choc 5k and then not as fast the 2 suburban ones I did.

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