2022 Running goals

Normally, I don’t have New Year’s resolutions. In my mind, they are just a bunch of ideas that cause unnecessary stress because I’m not going to meet the goals. Given that I got properly into running in 2021, I did make an exception for the current year. My idea was to at least run one 10k per month, and run one half-marathon over the whole year.

Twelve times 10k

This year, I ran at least one 10k per month. In November, I was nervous about meeting the goal, as I had shin splints at the beginning of the month. Luckily, that improved a lot during the second half. In total, over 2022 I so far have run 21 times when the distance was 10k or longer.

Two times 21.1k

First half-marathon

Next, I also wanted to run my first-ever half-marathon during my sabbatical. This only happened in the very last week of the sabbatical, because of illness in our family (and travelling a lot). Being out for a week or longer has a pretty negative effect on the training schedule. After I ran my half-marathon in August, I stopped running for a few weeks, again due to being sick.

I’m really proud of this effort. I was hoping to finish it in less than 2 hours, and ended up even being able to cut that running time down to 1:54:21.

Second half-marathon

I had also hoped to run a half-marathon race in 2022, but that didn’t work out. For both races I looked into, events in the time leading up to it prevented me from participating and not risking an injury.

So, when the end of the year came near, I decided I wanted to add another half-marathon to the mix. This time, rather than focusing on speed, I wanted to give myself an elevation challenge. My first half was on near the beach, so my elevation gain was fairly low (only 63 m). In the second half-marathon, I did 284 m of elevation.

Other higlights

Running has become a big part of my life, and some of my 2022 highlights included running. Next to meeting the two goals I mentioned above, here are a few more runs that I thoroughly loved.

  • I would’ve not guessed this at all in the beginning of the year, but after noticing the improvement in my pace, I thought it would be amazing to run a 10k in less than 50 minutes (or less than 5 minutes per km). In November, I started a 12k run and noticed I was feeling great. I ended up running the first 10k of that run in 48:10. I broke several records that day.
  • While I didn’t do a half-marathon race, I had loads of fun with a 10k race we did in Ceres with the whole family. Kim and I ran, and Mila joined us in the running pram. She loved the interactions with all the runners around her.
  • When I was in NYC in September, I didn’t have a lot of time for sightseeing. I decided that doing an early run would probably be a good way to see a lot in a short amount of time. Running across both the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges was wonderful.


One response to “2022 Running goals”

  1. Blessing Mpofu avatar

    This is so inspiring Job. Well done on following through. And you’re looking good on the photos.

    I didn’t do any races last year but it it’s the year I ran more than any other in last 9 (cf. https://blessing.im/physical-health-fitness/)

    I wasn’t thinking about it, but I’m now considering doing some races, maybe even a couple of half marathons.

    Keep going mate 👊🏽

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