2021 is rapidly approaching, and as I ramp up in late 2020, I decided now is a great time to formalize some goals for 2021 as it relates to my running.

These are pretty random and not especially interesting to anyone besides me, but putting them on “paper” will make them real.

About Goals

I’ve always needed some goals that keep me motivated to get out and run. Over the years, it’s almost always been a race or a streak that has been the provider of that motivation. With the pandemic, I don’t have any race plans so something like a trip to Vancouver, B.C. to run the marathon again is out of the question.

Over the summer in 2020, I had the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee that had me running 15-18km a day by the end of it all. But with the end of that race after 1,021km in 77 days, the motivation to run waned quickly.

Recently, stepping on the scale was a daily reminder that running should be part of my fitness routine, so I am taking some of what I learned from the GVRAT experience to create some motivation for the end of 2020 and all of 2021.

My 2021 Goals

  1. Become a daily runner and run every single day in 2021.
  2. Run more in 2021 than I have in any previous year (2,431.2km).
  3. Reach and maintain Strava Fitness and Freshness score of >80.
  4. Run 50km in a single run, preferably on my 50th birthday.
  5. Revive, refresh and post regularly on my running blog.

These are all related goals, obviously. For example, if I run everyday, chances are I will get close to that mileage total without too much trouble and that Strava Fitness and Freshness score will likely come along for the ride as well. My previous high was 83 at the peak of the running of the Great Virtual Race Across Tennessee in 2020. As of November 11, 2020, I have a 32 score. The “and hold it there” is a bit slushy, but I don’t know how long it will take to get there so I don’t want to commit to something like “hold it for 60 days or more”.

As for the 50km run goal, it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a few years now. I ran 42.2km on my 40th birthday in Vancouver, B.C. back in 2011, and the idea of running 50km on my 50th birthday seems like a great goal. I’ve run 50km twice already, so I know I can do it. The question is whether I can be ready to do it by May. If not, I’ll settle for some other point in the year.

The remaining goal of reviving my running blog is already underway, given you are reading this on that blog. I’ll also commit here to regular posts that relate less to the specifics of my running (i.e. not “I ran this far today and it was nice” but rather “this is what running does for me”) and monthly posts on the last day of each month where I’ll provide updates on the other four goals.