I took a look at the running goals I had set for 2015 and how many I managed to check off the list. It was a very good year! As I started to think about what goals I would set for myself going into 2016, I realized that I am once again going to set the bar high.

Below are the goals I had set for myself going into 2015.


  • Run the Boston Marathon
  • Set new marathon PR (3:02 at Boston, April 21, 2015)
  • Set new 5k PR (17:32 at Champion For Children Superhero 5k, April 25, 2015)
  • Run a sub-5:00 Mile (4:55 at Loudoun Street Mile, May 25, 2015)


  • 2015 miles in 2015 (I finished with just over 1900 miles for the year)
  • New Half Marathon PR
  • New 10k PR
  • Sub-17:00 5k

Adding an ultramarathon to the mix – the JFK 50 Miler – was an added bonus and a great experience for all of its high and low moments. Oh, yeah – and winning the first annual Winchester Beer Mile! How could I forget that?!

I found this quote from a blog post I wrote on December 17, 2014 – http://www.runningdad.com/?p=1280:

I would like to share what I have learned by helping you set and reach your running goals. I am looking for a few runners, or individuals that are ready to start running, that want to set a goal and be motivated to reach it. It could be a goal to run your first 5k. You could be looking to meet a goal time in a half marathon and need a plan tailored to your fitness level and schedule. Or you just need guidance on how often, how hard, and how long to run and stay injury free. I’d like to discuss your goals and set up a plan that works for you.

In 2015, I got my running coach certification form the Road Runners Club of America. I helped several runners prepare for half marathons, full marathons, and general running fitness. Two of my athletes qualified for Boston. I would consider that an accomplished goal!

2016 GOALS

Let’s see if I can check these off the list at the end of 2016.

  • 2016 miles in 2016
  • Marathon PR
  • Sub-3:00 Marathon
  • Half Marathon PR
  • 10k PR
  • 5k PR
  • Sub-17:00 5k
  • New Ultramarathon Distance (TBD)
  • Help more runners reach their goals