An 18 Month Check In

18 months ago, I put my goals out there for all to see, judge and watch me strive for from behind their computer screens. Since some were on an 18 month time frame, it’s time to check in on how things are going.

18 Month Goals

PR in the marathon. Done, 2:54 at Mohawk Hudson in 2014. 

Break 1:20 in the half and 37 in the 10K. Not so much, although the first is possible at Philly. 

Get a shiny new 5K PR. Done, 18:44 at Champlain Classic in 2015. 


Win a marathon. Nope, was 2nd by 20 minutes last fall. 

Win a national title. Nope. 

Run a beer mile. Nope.

Break 2:45 in the marathon, 1:18 in the half, 36 in the 10K and 17:30 in the 5K. Nope, nope, nope, nope. 

Run a trail marathon. Nope. I forgot I even had this as a goal. I actually loathe trail running. 

Transition to an excellent masters career. We can give me credit for this, as it’s a process of staying uninjured and stacking cycle on cycle. 

Pie in the Sky

OTQ. Not yet. 

Elite Women’s Start at Boston. Nope.

Get invited to the USA Running Circuit. Hoping this happens in 2016 after a great Philly. 

Get a mention on Let’s Run or Running Times. Nope, but I did post my first ever comment on Let’s Run recently. Does that count?

In all honesty, I’m actually pretty happy with the way I’m progressing towards these goals despite the fact that I haven’t met all my 18 month goals yet. I named those goals less than 6 months out from foot surgery and at the end of my first year of medical school before I knew what my recovery would look like, what studying for the Boards would mean and what clerkship hours would feel like. Despite all that, I’ve made continual forward progress and continue to chip away at these goals.

For the next 18 months (which terrifyingly takes me up to my graduation from medical school and beginning of residency), my goals are to:

Break 1:20 in the half. Breaking 1:18 at Philly would be my A+ day goal.

Break 18:00 in the 5K.

Run a trail marathon.

Win a marathon (perhaps VCM 2017 before we leave Burlington for a while).

What are you short term goals? Long term goals? How often do you check in on them?

2 thoughts on “An 18 Month Check In

  1. Ryan

    My short term goal is breaking 4:00 in Philadelphia next month, seems promising right now, going under 3:50 could be possible on a perfect day. Longer term (assuming the marathon goal gets taken care of in November) I’d like to break 1:45 in a half, maybe get down to 1:42ish.
    Does the level of prestige a specific marathon holds factor into your win a marathon goal? I mean if you really just wanted to win a marathon you could probably jump on right now and find a dinky marathon in the greater New England/New York area next weekend that you could win even though you have only been training for a half. Taking that a step further, you could probably find an obscure trail marathon that you could win and kill two birds with one stone.

    1. Runner Under Pressure Post author

      Somehow I didn’t realize you were going to Philly too! When are you guys heading down? It would be fun to try to connect again.

      Prestige doesn’t really factor in but I also don’t want to cherry pick and win a marathon in 3:15 just to win. When I win, I’d like it to be one of the better races of my life, just so that it feels “earned” not selected. As for a trail marathon, given my relative inability to move quickly on technical terrain, I think completing it without broken bones will be quite the accomplishment for me!


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