Goals For 2020!!!

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fab Christmas and new year 😊 I spent Christmas in Denmark this year, with family which was great but now I’m back in the UK ready for the New Year!

It’s been a while since I’ve written a post but with the end of term, I was super busy doing uni assignments, so blogging took a bit of a backseat. Being the start of January I wanted to reflect on 2019 as well talking a bit about my goals for 2020. Many people start the new year with a slightly negative attitude usually fashioned in the typical ‘new year, new me’, I haven’t really set any resolutions this year, but I aim to take a slightly different approach. Usually I’m guilty of punishing myself for ‘over’ indulging in the festive period and focus January as being as strict as possible on my fitness and diet regime. However, this year instead of being at war with myself I’m going to try and work with my body to allow myself to be the best I can be, both mentally and physically.

Last year had many ups and downs, very much a rollercoaster and to be frank, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so unhappy as I did for the first half of 2019. However, I can happily say that I’m now in a much better place and that’s not to say it was a bad year because on the flip side in the past few months I’ve had some of the most amazing experiences as well as meeting some wonderful people. I won’t go on but a few of the highlights would be backpacking around Thailand for a month, beginning to document more of my running (Social media and blogging), doing a race abroad, completing my first half marathon, which was not an easy course either. And finally, *cringe alert* meeting Josh who makes me laugh every day and pushes me to do things I never thought I would (like this blog). All in all, 2019 you were a bit crazy but I’m glad for the things you let me experience and the lessons I learnt.

Now onto my GOALS FOR 2020

Manchester Marathon

I’ll start off with my biggest running goal of the year and that is to complete a marathon! With just over 13 weeks until the big day I’m more motivated than ever, I even set a countdown on my Garmin watch, so I’m pretty much constantly reminded. I was meant to do a marathon last year and signed up for Brighton, however with inconsistency in training and numerous injuries I ended up pulling out. So, 2020 will be the year I do my first marathon, in hindsight this is probably better because I’ve got a lot more miles under my belt and will be a lot more prepared than my previous attempt at marathon training. My goal is to run it in the 3:30- 3:45 range, however, my back up goal is just to go sub 4. It’s still a few months away so as long as my training remains consistent and no injuries occur, I think this could be realistic. Ill be blogging about how training is going if you’re interested in following my progress!

Making new friends in 2019!! Go check out Ellie on insta @sheheadsforsierraleone

Improve My Current Personal Bests

As well as running new distances I also want to try and beat my current times. I ended 2019 with a whole bunch of PBs and I can’t wait to try and smash these next year! (5k- 21:49 10K- 46:30 HM- 1:52:07) Although I’m currently training more long-distance, I’m still including speedwork into my training and I’ll obviously be throwing in a few park runs throughout the year, so I’m hoping I’ll still be able to make progress on these distances! As well as this, as part of my preparation for Manchester, I will be racing a few half marathons. Since the only half I’ve done was Bedgebury I’m looking forward to running this distance on slightly easier terrain, which will mean I’ll be able to go faster! Some races I have lined up so far for the beginning of the year are the Canterbury 10 Miler and Lydd half marathon, probably a bunch of others but I haven’t decided anything yet.

I also want to do more cycling outside, not just on the Wattbike

Do an Ultra Marathon??

I’m still not too sure about this one but I’ve been thinking about entering the Salomon Serpent Trail 50k ultra marathon, it’s in July so at this point it will have been a few months since I’ll have completed a marathon and 50k is not that much further than 42.2km, soooo I’m thinking that this is definitely doable, and is on the cards.

Graduate University

This isn’t a running goal but quite a significant life event so I felt it was worth mentioning, I’m in my final year of university and I will be graduating this year!!! With a lot of hard work that’s gone into the last 2.5 years I think I’ll probably be relieved to finally have my degree! I’m doing a history degree, which I really love, however, I’m excited to move onto something that’s more in the direction of what I would like a career in. I’ve been dabbling with the idea of completing a master’s (in Marketing or potentially International Sport Business) so this will probably not be my last year of university.

Stretch more in 2020!… maybe

Blogging

Lastly a goal for 2020 will be to continue to blog regularly about everything that I get up to. I’ll try to be as consistent as possible, however, obviously since being in my final year at university, anything close to deadlines will probably be a little more inconsistent!

So that was a summary of a few of my goals, I hope everyone had a good Christmas and New year and heres to 2020 being the best year yet!

Anna xx

2 thoughts on “Goals For 2020!!!”

  1. Good Luck in 2020 Anna in everything that you do.
    Great reading your blog look,forward to lots more in the future.

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