Last year, I didn’t set any running goals. I knew we’d be moving from California to the UK, I knew we’d be travelling all summer…having big running goals just didn’t fit with the wierdness of 2017. That proved to be a very wise decision – I got in loads of running, in wonderful places and there was no pressure.

But now we’re here, in our new home, and it’s 2018.

And I am making goals.

Well, one goal.

And  I am committing to it.

A sub 1 hr 50 half marathon

That’s it. That’s all I want.

2017 taught me that, even when I don’t have goal races to train for, I will continue to run, I will continue to love it. I don’t need a race to train for. But this totally arbitrary time-goal has been like a monkey on my shoulder for too long. I’ll be 43 in a few weeks – it’s now or never. I’ll talk about this more in a future post (ad nauseam) but this is my sole running achievement goal in 2018.

Hellyer PR me
The last time I PRd a half-marathon. Too Long Ago.

There are other things I would like to do this year. Some of them do include running, but in a participatory way, rather than an ‘end-goal’ way.  

Outdoors Goals

  • Climb Snowden (the biggest mountain in Wales)
  • Climb Scafell Peak (the biggest mountain in England)
  • Cycle from Marlborough to Paris one weekend
  • Go backpacking one weekend
  • Do a trail race in the Lake District
  • Do a trail race in Annecy, France
  • Go skiing and do cross-country skiing.
  • Go Mountain Biking in the Forest of Dean

Life Goals

  • Get back into teaching. This may mean going back to university, but this my work goal for 2018.
  • Start volunteering alongside the Dude at a local non-profit.

So that’s my plan. I am super-excited about this running goal. I’ve already started thinking about what I need to do to make it happen, what I need to change. But I’m in!

1.49.59, I’m coming for you!

8 Comments Add yours

  1. NicJ says:

    Great set of targets! Without making ANY commitments on my part, let me know what you find in the Lake District… have now christened my trail shoes so slowly starting to get into it… 🙂

    1. Cathryn says:

      I shall keep you in the Lake District loop.

  2. Great goals! I’m excited to follow along.

  3. BT says:

    So excited to watch you get this goal! Do it!

    1. Cathryn says:

      I’ll do my best 🙂

  4. gracechua31 says:

    As your pace twin 🙂 I think 1:50 is completely within reach with some hard work! Meanwhile, I love all your outdoor and life goals and am excited to follow along on your adventures! I’d go xc skiing with you if I could, I love it.

    1. Cathryn says:

      Inspired by the way you worked so hard for your marathon. I’ll see what I can do.

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