2016 goal update : Run Faster !

After these first three months of 2016 and the completion the Paris Marathon on April 3rd, I thought the timing was right to have a look at my goals, and re-adjust a bit.

Here are the objectives I fixed beginning of January and how things are going :

1. Run one race per month. Goal needs revamping.

I signed up for quite a few races the first 6 months of the year, but I need to modify this goal. I did run the Nice Monacco Half Marathon in January, but did not run anything in February due to non compatibility with training, and in March I travelled for work. And now that I have a second marathon this year, I have to think carefully about my racing schedule.

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2. Run my first marathon. Done !

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3. Reduce my waistline by 2 inches and loose 5 pounds. Definite progress made. I have stopped weighing myself by I know that I have lost some belly fat because a bit of the muffin top has disappeared. This is definitely linked to marathon training, in large part I think to my fasting runs which are pretty much all my runs on the week days.

4. Give my blog a face lift. Not much has been done. I have updated my picture and general introduction but I want to do so much more than that. I have been trying to fix the slow access to my blog which my hosting company tells me is due to “throttling”. What a pain in the $*!@ that has been. Apologies if you have not been able to easily access it lately.

5. Visit 2 cities in Europe that I have not yet been to. Planned ! We are going to Rome in May and Crete in the summer (although that is technically an island, not a city).

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6. Save money for a big, family vacation in 2017. Sort of. This is somewhat of a moving target. We have an unscheduled trip to NY in November (because I got into the NYC Marathon), so we have to manage our finances for 2017.

 

In light of the above, I have given some thought to my running and fitness goals for the spring and I have decided I want to work on my speed. I have a 15K mid June and I am going to use this as my goal race. For the moment I am definitely enjoying the post marathon period, not “having” to run or train, giving myself a couple weeks to think about my “run faster” goal. So more details to follow soon on “Run Faster!”

I am linking up with Marcia at Marcia’s Healthy Slice, Erika at MCM Mama runs and Patty at My no guilt life for Tuesdays on the run where today’s topic is 2016 goal update (note : I am linking my post done last Saturday).

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Have you re-examined your 2016 goals recently ? Any problems with your blog and “throttling” ?

Comments: 34

  1. Tina@GottaRunNow April 16, 2016 at 2:21 am Reply

    I haven’t had any trouble accessing your blog, but I look forward to seeing the improvements you make. I could always use ideas!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 17, 2016 at 8:02 am Reply

      I know what I want to do, but I need someone to help make it happen. I am not very technical LOL

  2. I’d like to have a big family trip in 2017 too I am thinking Australia 🙂
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 17, 2016 at 8:02 am Reply

      Wow, Australia would be a great trip. Way to far from France though….kind of like Hawaii. I would love it but way.too.far.

  3. Sarah April 16, 2016 at 3:47 pm Reply

    Looks like you’re doing well on your goals this year, Karen! Way to go!

    For 2016, I decided to do a 20 before 30 list. That does include 5 5ks… but I haven’t signed up for any yet. Need to get on that!

    • Karen - Fit in France April 17, 2016 at 8:01 am Reply

      20 before 30 bucket list sounds great. I love things like that because they force me out of my comfort zone, and make me want to do and try new things.

  4. Susie @ SuzLyfe April 16, 2016 at 9:36 pm Reply

    Congrats on the marathon! That is so exciting ( you know I love it!). Rome is incredible. I’ve been twice.

    • Karen - Fit in France April 17, 2016 at 8:00 am Reply

      Thanks Susie. I am really excited about Rome, so many people love it.

  5. Melanie @ HappyBeingHealthy April 17, 2016 at 7:32 am Reply

    I love all of your goals and you look so beautiful and fit!!! I seriously can’t wait to hear all about your experience at the NYC Marathon!!!! I know it’s still a long ways out, but that will be such an epic race!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 17, 2016 at 7:59 am Reply

      Thank you Melanie. Looks like you had a great time in NYC. I love it there.

  6. Karen April 17, 2016 at 9:35 pm Reply

    A 15K is a perfect distance to me, well it used to be lol Not far enough to kill ya, but you can really push 🙂
    Summer vaca plans sound great!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 18, 2016 at 7:55 am Reply

      I agree, 15K is a good distance.

  7. Marcia April 19, 2016 at 12:53 pm Reply

    All the best with your goals! I am confident you can increase your speed by changing one run to a speed workout. Yay for Rome and Crete! You’ll avoid the crush of summer tourists in May too. Thanks for linking up!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 20, 2016 at 7:32 am Reply

      I agree MArcia, it won’t take much to increase speed, I just need to sit down and work out a plan.
      And May is definitely better than summer for Rome, though we are there when there is a holy day.

  8. Wendy@Taking the Long Way Home April 19, 2016 at 12:54 pm Reply

    Goals are made to be revamped, right? Heck, I changed my Chicago marathon goal the week of the race last fall when I knew I wasn’t going to make my BQ goal. You’re having a great year and I’m so glad to be along for the ride!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 20, 2016 at 7:26 am Reply

      Thank you Wendy for the kind words. I do feel I am having a great year. Fingers crossed it continues. Good luck on your race this weekend.

  9. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets April 19, 2016 at 1:03 pm Reply

    Working on speed is a great goal! I look forward to hearing your game plan! I didn’t realize you had issues with your website, I’ve never had any problems! I would love to visit any city in Europe…I went to London and Paris 3 years ago and haven’t been back since 🙁
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 20, 2016 at 7:20 am Reply

      I need to think about my game plan, doing some reading at the moment. Want to do it in May/June because marathon training will short shortly after that.

  10. lacey@fairytalesandfitness April 19, 2016 at 1:56 pm Reply

    I would like to run a race a mth but it is just expensive and adds up. Especially if you have to travel for it. I’d love to visit Rome!

    • Karen - Fit in France April 20, 2016 at 7:18 am Reply

      Definitely agree with you. Both registration and the race travel get very expensive. However, races here are much cheaper than in the US, and there are a ton in and around the Paris area.

  11. Ana April 19, 2016 at 2:24 pm Reply

    You are making progress on your goals! and that is great!

    A family trip sounds like so much fun! Any ideas on where you want to go?
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 20, 2016 at 7:17 am Reply

      We would love to go to Japan !

  12. Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy April 19, 2016 at 2:48 pm Reply

    It’s always fun to get back to running just for fun after a big goal race! Because sometimes we forget it really ought to be fun.

    I generally visit my parents once a month, and besides, racing is just hard. I enjoy it, but I don’t want to do it every weekend like Darlene does.

    Most people gain weight training for a marathon, so you are a rockstar!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 20, 2016 at 7:16 am Reply

      I have definitely gained muscle but lost fat with training, so I might have gained weight but I feel better about myself. I would love to loose a bit more tummy fat but haven’t been very disciplined about it.

  13. Jenn @ Run With Sole April 19, 2016 at 3:11 pm Reply

    Congratulations on the marathon!! Woo hoo!! That’s a huge accomplishment!! And I would love to have a big family trip too. We never go away, so I’d love any kind of trip!
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 20, 2016 at 7:15 am Reply

      I always have some kind of family trip or vacation planned. Firstly, it is in the French culture and secondly it always gives me something to look forward to.

  14. Sonia April 19, 2016 at 4:14 pm Reply

    Rome is one of my favorites! I’ve been to Santorini but not Crete. If you get a chance to go to Santorini, you should! It’s gorgeous.
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 20, 2016 at 7:13 am Reply

      Everyone loves Rome, I can’t wait.

  15. Elizabeth April 19, 2016 at 6:28 pm Reply

    Your travel plans sounds lovely! I’ve never been to Italy or Greece… some day. One of my goals last year was to get faster and it worked. I know speed work helped, but I think my run streak from November – February also helped. I treated the mile days as speedier runs.
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 20, 2016 at 7:11 am Reply

      Very interesting to know. I didn’t realize you did a run streak. I know that running so consistently has helped my form but I know I need to push myself to be speedier.

  16. Tania April 19, 2016 at 8:34 pm Reply

    You’ve got great goals! I ran my first marathon, too, this year! Congrats on yours 🙂

    • Karen - Fit in France April 20, 2016 at 7:09 am Reply

      Congratulations on your race. How did it go ?

  17. Michelle @ Running with Attitude April 19, 2016 at 10:52 pm Reply

    I didn’t know you got into the NY marathon! Wow that will be a great one to run…and I love NYC! Not much progress on my running goals since most of my races aren’t until the fall.
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    • Karen - Fit in France April 20, 2016 at 7:07 am Reply

      Yes, I haven’t talked about it too much, as I was focusing on Paris, but I am excited. I haven’t started thinking too much about it yet though.

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