This week’s Tuesday Topic is: What’s your plan to achieve your 2022 goals?  You can write about this topic or feel free to post any running related blog post.  Remember to link up with Kim and Zenaida!  Visit at least two of the other linked posts – the more the merrier!  Remember to come back for later linkers!

In December I wrote about my 2022 goals.  Let me tell you how I plan to achieve these goals.

Stay injury free.  Being injured is no fun.  The two worst ones I’ve had were a calf strain and plantar fasciitis.  But I can say that the latter one was more painful.  The first time I experienced this (that I can remember) was during the Missoula Half Marathon in 2019.  I was miserable towards the end because my feet were hurting.  It wasn’t until a month later that I got an official diagnosis.  Anyway, my plan is to do more cross training, use my massage gun, and my mom’s foot and calf massager.  Any other suggestions?

✅ Buy a house.  Besides looking, I need to expand my search area.  Right now I am looking at a specific area and nothing.  Well, there have been a few but either someone else makes an offer before me or they make an offer way more than I am willing to spend.  It is ridiculous how expensive it is.  Something else I am doing is looking for a house with an unfinished or semi-finished basement.  At least with that option I can customize it and hopefully more available to buy.

✅ Travel.  I have a new passport.  I am ready to go.  I guess I don’t really need to travel internationally.  🙂 My sister is planning to visit from Mexico in May.  Then the plan is for me to go for 2-3 weeks there in the Summer.  I don’t want to go during Spring Break for just one week.  To me it isn’t worth it.  I want to go for a longer period of time.  But before I can travel I need to make sure my siblings can stay with my cats.  A tentative trip I am also planning is to Fargo for the Fargo Half Marathon.  I still need to run in 8 states for my 50+1 state goal.

✅ Continue to be patient at work and at home.   Pick my battles, step away, and not keep quiet.  I think I am doing OK with it.  I remind myself that sometimes it isn’t worth getting all frustrated and annoyed.  I don’t have access to my work email on my phone and that has helped.  I also think about things that make me happy like coffee, my family, my cats, etc.  Watching TV has also helped me relax.

✅ PR in my 50k.  Just run and follow the plan?  I may have to switch my race because I’ve missed a lot of runs due to the weather.  Yesterday was my first time running in 2 weeks.  It ran 2 miles and it felt hard!  By picking a race later in the year will give me more time to train and hopefully get a PR.

✅ Run 1,200 miles.  In order to do this I need to run an average of 100 miles each month.  I am not starting off the year correctly because for this month I have 7 miles.  Hopefully once it clears up then I can bump up the mileage.  Plus I know training for a 50k will add lots of miles there too.

Complete 300 Peloton rides.  I started off the year with 136 Peloton rides.  Yep, I was slacking.  Now I’ve done 157 rides and need 143 to meet my goal.  With 11 months left in the year, I will need an average of 14 rides a month, 3-4 per week.  It is hard to fit in a bike class while running 6 days a week but thinking of doing a 20 minute ride in the evening on the days I do a hard run.  I will need to talk to my coach and see what he thinks.  

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18 Comments on Tuesday Topics: My plan to achieve my 2022 goals

  1. Oh dear, sorry to hear about your tough start in the new running year! It’s really hard to keep it up in icy conditions. How tricky will it be to find another 50k race later in the year?

    I think your Peloton goals make for a great cross-training! It’s so nice to have that option when you can’t run outdoors. I’m sure you will soon get your 143 rides done to reach the 300!

    • For some reason I am not motivated to run in the cold weather. That is OK. I know the same company that organizes the 50k in March also host it in October. I am hoping to do one earlier than that but at least I have that option.

  2. Good luck with your goals. You seem to have a plan for each. And a back up if it doesn’t happen.

    Staying injury free is the most important because it impacts the rest.

    My cats and coffee make me happy too.

  3. It sounds like you’re going to be busy! I would add in a little strength training to keep yourself injury-free (ugh… I know.) I’m not a scientist or epidemiologist, but I have high hopes that Covid will cooperate this year so you can travel and achieve all your goals!

    • I know I should do it but I am so bad with strength training. Look how long it took me to be consistent with the bike. 🙂 I know there are some great workouts on the Peloton app. I need to figure out how to incorporate them with my running and cycling.

  4. I like how flexible you are with your goals, Zenaida! It will certainly be easier to get in those miles when Winter is done. Not easy, of course, but easier!

    I really hope you can get to Mexico. You deserve a good long break like that!

  5. I really hope you get to take that trip and use your Passport. It would be fantastic for you!

  6. Those are some lofty goals! It will be motivating to have them to chase after. I’ve been doing 15 min HIIT rides, which I find need a warm-up ride and a cool-down ride, so I get 3 classes in 30 min. 🙂

    • I rarely take a warm-up ride because I just want to take my regular class. Sometimes I take a 5-minute cool down ride but also just want to get off the bike and shower. Ha, I should be more patient, right? 🙂

  7. With your ultra training, you will definitely catch up on your mileage goal. The weather just needs to clear up now! Best of luck in your search for your house. My sister struggled for a long time and then all of a sudden she found something she really liked (and that worked out) so just keep at it.

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