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My 2010 Running Goals

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My running history starts with my first 5k attempt on the treadmill and pretty much ends at my recent marathon experience. It’s been an insane, confidence building 18 months but sometimes I still have a hard time calling myself . . . dun. . dun. . dun. . . a runner.


A runner.


It still cracks me up. Especially considering what people have told me. :)

Anyway, what I’ve learned about myself is that I need a reason. A goal. An event. SOMETHING to motivate me. I’m like this with a lot of things. It’s one of the reasons I agree with many who say weight maintenance is harder then weight loss. While losing I had a goal. I can track my progress as I worked towards that goal. However, in maintenance my goal is to stay the same. There is no progress to track or finish line to cross. It’s just not as motivating. For me, anyway.

Right now I feel like I’m in the maintenance stage of running. I set my running goals for the 2009 here. I reached those goals. Now what do I do?

Well. . . set more goals of course! It’s the only thing that keeps me going.

This year I’m not going for distance as much as consistency. My plan is to run at least 1 organized event a month. That can’t be too hard, can it?


Here’s what I registered for so far. . .













  • Jingle Bell 5k
  • Saturday, December 18, 2010 @ 10:00 AM
  • Time: 34:00 Mentioned it here

Anyone else set some running goals this year?

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    January 11, 2010

    Hi Roni! If you are willing to travel back to Chicago (we’d love to have you back here!), consider running the Fleet Feet Sports Chicago Women’s 5k or 10k on July 18. I ran it in 2008 and it’s well-run. Plus, the shirts are cute :-) What a great goal you have and you should be so proud of being a runner!!


    January 11, 2010

    You go, Roni! Have you ever heard of an organization called Back on My Feet? You can google it but it is a wonderful organization where runners run with homeless people. You support each other and work as a team and realize that with perseverance, anything is possible! Just wanted to share…

    Jen aka KUrunner

    January 11, 2010

    Marine Corps Marathon is in October… Who wouldn’t love a 26.2 mile run through historic DC?

    Just saying. ;)


    January 12, 2010

    Roni…you should run the Rock and Roll half in Vegas in December…they shut down the entire strip and it’s a great run!! Tons of fun….I am dragging the hubby to run it with me this year….just a thought!!


    January 12, 2010

    OMG, I’m speechless. You touch a nerve here, right in the perfect spot.

    I had been reading you in greenlitebites for like a year and a half, but just recently in ronisweigh, and like you I am/was/something like that/ in a funk. When I read that you are/were/something like that/ in a funk too, i thought “She’s human too!”LOL But, what to do with MY funk?

    Reading this post, I have realized something about myself. Everytime I reached a goal, I reached a funk. And even if I set new goals, the funk kinda stays with me for a long time. Because my new goals are “get to the gym 2 times a week” or something. I never, ever would set as a goal something so extreme and wacky like “to run at least 1 organized event a month”. That’s too much! It’s insane! It’s impossible! It’s.. it’s… it is perfect!!! Just reading that *impossible* goal made my neurones go PUFF! and BOOM! And I realized thats what i needed, a goal that’s not a “comfortable” goal.

    What I’m trying to say is.. man, you helped me a lot with this post!


    January 12, 2010

    My goal is to run my first half marathon on May 22nd in Indianapolis. It’s called the Geist half marathon and proceeds benefit wellness programs for kids, so it seemed like a perfect fit! I’m nervous, but in the last month and a half I’ve upped my run from barely making it through 1 mile to getting through 5!


    January 12, 2010

    My birthday is February 6th and my goal is to run my first 5K then — already signed up for it :). I have recruited a bunch of friends to do it with me. My workplace also sponsers a 5K in March and there is one at a local fitness center in March that I’m planning to do also.


    January 12, 2010

    Since I’ve found that the half marathon distance is so much fun, my 2010 goal is to run more of them, and qualify as a Half Fanatic by running three half marathons in 90 days. My other goal is to extend my long runs to see if a full marathon might be something I want to do.


    January 12, 2010

    I’d love to run an event each month too, but there aren’t enough events in my area to do that. Bugger.

    So my running goals for this year are all time related. I’d like to run a sub 30 min 5K, a sub 60 min 10K and a sub 5 hour marathon.

    Good luck with your running this year!


    January 12, 2010

    hi roni,
    i’ve ran the philadelphia marathon in november. the weather is perfect and it’s a pretty flat, fast course. just sayin : ).
    it’s great to have goals because as you said, maintaining sometimes takes the fun out of having the goal weight you are striving for. best of luck!


    January 12, 2010

    Hey Roni! I’m running the St Patty’s day race and the Port to Fort, too! I was going to do the superbowl race, but we won’t be around that weekend, so I may jsut do my own 5K that day :) Anyhow – I hope you wouldn’t mind, if I see you at the spirng races, if I were to come over and say Hi and thanks! You have been a huge insiration for me to take up running again (and really to overall improve my family’s lifestyle) it’s been a huge confidenace bulder for me, and I can’t tell you how much I really just enjoy it! and I NEVER thought I’d say that! Hoep to see you at the races! Jessica.


    January 12, 2010

    Hi Roni!

    Have you considered doing a post about “Running 101” for beginners like me (of course, from your experience)? For instance, what should you look for in shoes? Do you really need running socks? Should you carry a fanny pack..if so, what should be in it? What is this body glide stuff… does it really work? Do you actually have to run the whole race or can you take walk breaks? This one really peaks my curiosity because I always thought you had to run the whole race like marathons and then I see many out there walking. I think I maybe clueless about how races work.

    As you can see, I was just wondering ;-)

    I am inspired by your run list. Now if I can just get my hyperextended knee to heal, I will be back in the game ;-(


    January 12, 2010

    I ran the Pittsburgh half marathon last year and hope to again this year (schedule permitting – since I’m graduating). It’s a great course; you’ll love it!

    I think it’s great that you have a race going on almost every month!


    January 12, 2010

    Good for you! Setting those goals, small and large, is a lot of what keeps me going, too. My goal this year is to run uninjured, and at the pace I used to keep (9:00 miles or less). And then I have sort of a secret goal but that’ll have to come out more in the second half of the year. :) Good luck and enjoy your training!


    January 12, 2010

    You could always check out the Fort Meade runners series. They do a Reindeer run in December, a Turkey Trot in November, and an Oktoberfest Run in September. There’s usually one a month, so if you are unable to find a run there’s one to fall back on. Plus they’re open to the public.

    RoadRunner Sports in Columbia is always updating their board with upcoming races. That’s another place you could check out.


    January 12, 2010

    Roni! WOW! You inspired me to start running. I started my blog almost a year ago, and it’s turning into a success. I get a couple hundred hits everyday. I created a free couch to 5K podcast to help other people who want to get off the couch and learn to run. You are so awesome! I’m still quite overweight, but I’m training for a 1/2 marathon. I did 3 5k’s last year. You’re a hard woman to keep up with! Thanks for giving me something to aspire towards!


    January 12, 2010

    Roni, you are so right! I am a sort of semi newbie runner with a handful of events in my belt but I need things to work toward to keep me going. I love your idea! I love it so much I am going to join you in the 1 event a month! I have my first 5K of the year on Jan 30th so it works out perfect. I am excited now! See? You not only got yourself motivated, you got me off my butt and on the bandwagon. You are such an inspiration, thank you!

    I have found out that I’m the same way, if I’m not training for something I’m way more sedendary. I did a 5k Saturday, I’m doing a 10k in April and I’m hoping to do a half marathon in October (my first, yikes!). I like the idea of having a run a month! I wish I had the type of work schedule that allowed it! :) You rock Roni!


    January 12, 2010

    I SOOOO get the goal thing! Last year my goal was to run a 5K (never having run before). I did 3, but each one was progressively slower, as I slacked off in between the last 2. So, this year’s goal is a mud run (5 mile run with mud pits and a 5 ft wall to climb) and to run a 10K, with some 5ks in between. Oh, an a pull up. Just one. Never have done one before. Ever. Eek.


    January 12, 2010

    Hi Roni!
    I did make a running goal. I am going to run at least 5K every week. Last year I did a lot of regular runs, but I fell out of it over the holidays. This goal doesn’t seem like anything big, but it is the consistency I am going for as well


    January 12, 2010

    That’s a good idea.. doing an event every month. My goals this year are doing my first half-marathon in May and also doing a 1/2 Ironman tri in August. I’m gonna sprinkle some shorter events in there too!


    January 12, 2010

    I’m with you on the motivation thing Roni, I need something to aim for. I think your running resolution sounds great, a little something all year long. My goal this year is to run (not walk a portion) a 5k, I plan to start in April when the weather is a bit better and keep going until I finish one with no walking breaks. I have 2 health concerns which play a part in all of this, arthritis in my ankle (sad at age 37 but oh well) and exercise and allergy induced asthma. Running is my biggest exercise trigger, I can work out harder on the bike and not get an attack but running just triggers it more easily. Given the health limitations I have give myself several opportunities so that if its a particularly polleny day its ok to have to walk :)
    Good luck with your goals.

    WOW Roni, such an inspiration. I set a goal to run in the Reggae Marathon (1/2 marathon run/walk) in Jamaica (Dec.). I have never run in my life and just tried it out the other day on the treadmill. This is not going to be easy that is for sure. I have new running shoes though and I’m going to sign up for at least two local 5k’s and possibly a 10k before we head to Jamaica for the 1/2 marathon.

    You and hubby could always join us and your Dec. run could be marked off your list LOL

    Looking forward to hearing about all of your races!

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    January 12, 2010

    I need goals for my running too. So I’ve set two big ones and I’m going to run a few little ones in between. I love having a goal to keep me doing it. And you are so right about maintenance….Hard unless I give myself fitness goals.


    January 12, 2010

    I talked with you about running in my first ever 5K back in October. I’ve ran in 5 other 5Ks since then and have one coming up on Saturday. I recently joined a winter series of 5K runs that occur every other Saturday.

    As I’d mentioned in my first email to you about my first ever 5K, that was in Harper’s Ferry, WV which isn’t too far. The 2010 race is October 2nd. They have your choice: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon. The website is if you’re looking for a race for the month of October. I think I may try to do the 10K or Half Marathon. My first ever 10K will be in April. :) All because you’ve inspired me to run!


    January 12, 2010

    Just started training for my 1/2 marathon on May 9, 2010.

    Best of luck for your upcoming runs :)

    Niki F

    January 12, 2010

    So understand you when you talk about needing a goal and weight maintenance being harder than weight loss. I SO find this to be true, after losing my weight in the beginning of last year and the remainder of the year battling to stay at a good, happy, healthy weight.

    I also like having my next race booked and registered for as soon as I finish one, as I know that will get me out there and keep me running. I don’t do one a month, but almost. I am still going up in mileage though (15K this week-end for the first time and then contemplating a 1/2 in March), so not sure what happens to me once I reach my goal of a 1/2.

    Glad you’ve worked out what motivates you and keeps you going. I think that is the key!

    Lex @ sweettoothlex

    January 12, 2010

    New commenter here! HI!! :)

    WOW – I am so glad you posted this. In 2009 I walked my first 5k (run for the cure) and ran (ran/walked) my 2nd 5k in November.
    This year I’ve registered myself to run my first 10k in May (on my birthday actually!) I am scared, excited, nervous, doubtful, EVERYTHING!
    I’ve never been a runner and am not totally sold on the idea of it getting easier, but it has to, right?


    I plan on going back and reviewing your training and race recaps to get more inspiration.



    January 13, 2010

    Love the site! Keep up with the running…you’ll be addicted if your not already!

    Best of Luck,




    January 13, 2010

    Great site! You’ll soon be addicted to running, if your not already!


    January 13, 2010

    DUDE what a year you have planned… can’t wait to read all about it :)
    (Thanks again for being on the podcast and for the shoutout!)

    All Women Stalker

    January 13, 2010

    Even without having run a marathon or anything big, a runner at heart should give him/herself the title of runner. Good luck with all your races! Train safe.


    January 13, 2010

    Hi Roni! I’m the same way – need a goal! Last year I ran my 1st 10miler & 1/2 marathon, and this year I’m kind of sad that there might not be any more 1sts. I miss that feeling of realizing that I’ve just run more miles than ever before. Because of this, I’m considering training for the Marine Corps Marathon in October. I’m not yet sure if it’s wise for my body, but the idea gets me excited and makes me want to get out there & run!

    Excellent schedule, love it!!


    January 13, 2010

    Hi Roni!

    Chicago, October 10, 2010!!!

    christina savage

    January 13, 2010

    what about the womens 5K by the bay in havre de grace, md??? its an amazing all women race


    January 14, 2010

    Roni- I truly love your blog! You are so inspirational. I am going to become a RUNNER this year. Eat like a runner. Train like a runner. I run now, but slow and certainly not fueling like I need to. I am running a half marathon in March, so you are right, goal setting is THE best!
    Take care!


    January 15, 2010

    I have been a fan for a long time…love reading your posts…I have evolved myself in to …. a runner! This year, I will run my first marathon…the Pittsburgh Marathon on May 2! I will be on the lookout for you….I would love to meet you and just say “thanks” for your inspiration, humor, recipes, reality checks, etc!

    Good luck in all of your events in the coming year!

    Take care!


    KK @ Running Through Life

    January 15, 2010

    Roni, you are a runner. Plain and simple. You ARE!!! Embrace it girl!!!! Good luck on your running goals for this year!!!


    January 16, 2010

    Lisa – That’s awesome! When it’s closer let’s connect!


    January 16, 2010

    christina – What’s it called? WHen is it?


    January 17, 2010

    Roni – last year it was in April. It starts at Tydings Park in Havre de Grace.


    January 21, 2010

    Hey Roni,

    Wow, you are busy on all fronts!

    Chicago has two big events: The Chicago Half Marathon & 5K takes place on Sunday, September 12, 2010 and of course The Chicago Marathon is Sunday Oct 11.

    The Atlanta Peachtree Peachtree Road Race, 10K is a fun one too. I think that’s on July 4.

    Talk soon and good luck.

    Becky F.

    February 3, 2010

    Check out your local running club, they’ll probably have a running list of races in the area for the latter half of the year.

    Way to have a monthly race! Rock on!


    February 18, 2010

    My hubby and I just signed up for the ZOOMA run in Annapolis on June 6th… its a 10K, you should run that one instead of the other one…


    February 18, 2010

    Ok im a moron – I just realized that the ZOOMA run is more of a gals run… 96% female… my hubby wont do it. But I think I still might! You should do that one instead of belair :)

    Now Im looking for a 10K for the hubby and I to do together – we have never done a run together… I want one where we can get away for that weekend, not too close. Get a bed and breakfast ect… make it a date and run weekend :)

    Lori @ All About Me

    June 28, 2010

    I am with you, Roni, maintenance is hardest. I also need to have goals, something to work towards. I finished Couch to 5K and have been struggling with what to do now…. I’ve set my sights on a 10k plan. Luckily (??) I still have a ways to go before weight maintenance, but I’ll get there. I’m glad to see I’m not alone in my feelings.


    June 28, 2010

    Excellent schedule–you will rock it every month!
    I’m doing the Wilson Bridge 1/2 marathon in September as well. You are welcome to park at my house (I live in Alexandria, right across the bridge).
    I’m also training for the Steamtown Marathon in October (and attempting to qualify for Boston finally) there and 3 weeks later, am doing the Marine Corps for kicks!
    Yes, it’s an addiction as you are realizing yourself. Isn’t it great??


    June 29, 2010

    Melissa – That would be great! I’ll probably be going by myself.

    And is that the steamtown in scranton?! I’m a NEPA girl. :)


    June 29, 2010

    Yep, Steamtown is Scranton!! A beautiful area in the fall for sure.


    June 29, 2010

    The Adventure Quencher looks awesome! I dont think Im in enough shape for that yet though. Looks like a great place to run though… may need to plan one of my training runs there!


    July 30, 2010

    My husband is running the Philly in November (I’m running the Rock n’ Roll half in September in Philly – we have to split up our races since we have a one year old and finding a babysitter for 6am on a Sunday is not so easy) – I’ll be cheering for you (youse)!!


    November 10, 2010

    If you are still looking for a race in December then I’d like to recommend Thunder Road half marathon (or full) or the Jingle Jog (5K) in Charlotte, NC on Dec. 11th. :-)

    I love running events and what you say is true that they do motivate you to continue running.