Goals For 2019

Happy new year!!!!

Now that all the festivities are out of the way (we have finally stopped overeating and drinking way past our limits) we can really start to look at the year ahead and start making 2019 even bigger and even better! With bigger and better comes goals and a focus on what we all want to achieve by the end of the year. If you haven’t already seen how I fared with last years goals click here.Here are a list of some of my initial ideas for 2019. As with any longterm plan, I am sure that a few changes may happen along the way, but until that happens, this is what I intend to complete!

24 hour race (Worlds Toughest Mudder or Spartan Ultra)

After a big year focused on endurance events such as Europe’s Toughest Mudder and the Spartan Hurricane Heat 12 Hour, I feel that the only natural step is too take on a 24 hour event. The two that stand out to me at the moment are Worlds Toughest Mudder and the Spartan Ultra World Championships. Both 24 hour events and both pretty far from home. Biggest challenge (apart from the events themselves obviously) is the logistics of getting to wherever they are being held this year. Regardless, this is something I endeavour to accomplish this years so shouts out to chasing after goals and events made to break us!

Quest Adventure Series (Cycle, Kayak & Trail Run)

Something really exciting in my line up and goals for 2019 is my first multi-discipline event! Quest Wales will include 17km of trail running, 24km of cycling and 1km of kayaking. I hardly ever ride bikes and I have never Kayaked in my life…but who’s keeping score eh? Often the best way to force yourself to learn is to put yourself in an uncomfortable position and entering an event like this will definitely push me to finally get on a bike and get in some swimming lessons (I can swim, just very poorly, for now). By looking at the videos from previous years, this event truly looks amazing so feel free to let me know if you are getting involved!

OCR World Championships

I was gutted that I couldn’t attend this event last year especially as it was so close to home! I won’t have that feeling this year! I plan to take part in the 15km event at least, but if I can gather a team (which I’m pretty sure I can find some like-minded nutters) I will enter the team race also. As for the 3km Sprint, I may as well do that too right? Wouldn’t be the first time I completed three races in the space of one weekend.

Spartan TRIFECTA Weekend: Greece

Going to the home of Sparta to complete an entire TRIFECTA weekend sounds amazing. Again missed the opportunity to do it in 2018 and especially after seeing my entire endurance Spartan family go out there and smash it, there is no way in hell I am missing it this year.

AGOGE

I need to do a lot more research on this event in particular and I am doing that now! This is the ultimate Spartan Endurance Event and is definitely the next on my list in terms of challenging myself physically and mentally. I will have more information on this soon!

Other Must-Do Events

As a fan *cough* addict *cough* of Spartan Race, I really want to do a Stadium event. The closest one to me would be France at the Moment so that would make an awesome weekend trip! Along with that is Toughest Oslo, which I have heard brilliant things about and the final ascent up a massive ski slope looks pretty hardcore! Another event that I have missed since I tried it for the first time in 2016 are Nuclear Races! Getting the Muddalion (completing all three race types in one year) has been a goal of mine for ages, but timing permitted, I could never manage all three. If I am unable to do all event types I will at least try to get over to a few. Its also not a surprise that I will be doing multiple Spartan Races (3x TRIFECTA this year) and as many Tough Mudder events as I can fit in!

I tend to start my year with a few running events to get me back to a good base that I somewhat lose over the off-season. I am finally getting the opportunity to run the Cancer Research UK London Winter Run! Its only the biggest 10km run in the UK and I have wanted to take part for the past few years. I will also be doing the London Landmarks Half Marathon as well.

Building My Base

Along with running all over the country (and starting my international campaign), I am putting a much bigger focus on further goals in my fitness. I have taken a big focus on Boxing recently which I have always wanted to do. I have dabbled with it a few times before but never knuckled down into getting really good. No dreams of becoming a professional fighter, but the implications on my fitness have been great. Also seeing as I have already signed up to a multi-discipline event, its time to start cycling and swimming like I said I would last year. Finally making small steps towards the idea of a Triathlon!

I want to make 2019 the best year I can. I have some big goals and a lot of things I want to achieve. I am working on putting together a race calendar so that you guy & girls can check out what events I will be taking part in and get involved. Thanks for reading.

What are some of your 2019 goals? What events are you taking part in? Are you doing any of the same events as myself? Are there any events you recommend I do? let me know in the comments below!

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2018 for The Urban Challenger

So I thought that 2017 was pretty big having achieved a lot more then I knew I was capable of in terms of Obstacle Course Racing and running events. But me being me…slightly crazy and always trying to push myself to the limits of my endurance and abilities, I set the bar pretty high in terms of my 2018 goals. To really see if I actually achieved anything, here is a quick list of the goals I set for this year and how they went!

Goals set for 2018

Complete a marathon

So my first goal for the year and one that was a massive leap in both my running and my endurance was to complete my first ever marathon. Sub 4 hours seemed pretty far fetched as I didn’t consider myself a particularly fast runner, so I set a smart goal of 4hr30m. As apprehensive as I was going into this event (especially as the furthest I had run up until that point was just over half marathon distance) I couldn’t wait to start my year of Endurance with such a remarkable feat. It was long and arduous, but finishing with a time of 4:12:25 was a big achievement for me.

Get a Spartan Endurance Trifecta

So this was my most sought after achievement for 2018 by far! Completing the Hurricane Heat, the HH12HR and the Spartan Ultra is no easy task (check out how I did). Grit and determination were required and with an amazing team throughout all 3 events, I managed to bag my most loved medal (I mean have you seen the Ultra belt buckle, it’s awesome) and get the recognition very few Spartan racers will get. Taking a step away from the core races and doing something completely different taught me how much I actually have in the tank and what attitude and positivity can get you through.

Europe’s Toughest Mudder

This was something that I just needed to try. An 8 hour event where you run as many 5 mile laps as possible, in the freezing cold with obstacles. Sounded great for my year of Endurance and all in all it was a brilliant event. I did fall short of my 30 mile goal, but getting my 25 mile patch was a good achievement for my first night event on no sleep. Great experience running in a wetsuit strictly for warmth (Artic Enema at 3am is no laughing matter!).

Races

Along with the endurance races I had also managed another 2xTRIFECTA completing a further 9 Spartan races. I managed to get up to my 8x Tough Mudder Headband completing races with both Team Trek and Black Tower Wines which was awesome; Plus this was a big jump on doing the 3 Tough Mudder events I had intended so I was pretty pleased with that. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the opportunity to do any Nuclear Races! I managed to volunteer the Rush event which made me even more jealous that I couldn’t run it, but I am determined to be able to soon!

I had quite a year with road races as well, especially in preparation for the Brighton Marathon. I managed to complete The Milton Keynes Winter Half Marathon, The London Big Half and The London Landmarks Half Marathon which is probably my favourite half to date (nothing to do with achieving a PB…I promise). Countless 10km races including loads of RunThrough London events, The Uniqlo 10k and 2 Adidas City Runs. I achieved personal bests in every distance I attempted and really proved that coming out of injury won’t completely derail your progress.

Run Distance

I did have the goal of running an overall distance of 500km+ which I think I have achieved, but as far as goals go, its one that I lost focus on, just as I felt it didn’t have any bearing on my actual progress and it stopped meaning anything to me as the year progressed. Reevaluating your goals is a part of goal setting right?

My Overall Fitness

I believe that I became an all around better athlete in 2018. After my ankle injury at the end of 2017, I had no choice but to become a better runner. With aids such as physio therapy, adidas runners London and track sessions, my running ability got better. I took up Bouldering as often as I could which I love. Its great for grip and increasing that forearm strength as well as all of its other fitness benefits (learning how to climb up if the floor becomes lava). I did set the goal of swimming and cycling more (dreams of a Triathlon) but that never happened unfortunately. I could blame time restraints but that’s just lazy. My focus was elsewhere.

Overall

2018 has been bigger, better and more challenging then last year and I have managed to do some amazing things in the world of road running and OCR! I have met some amazing people on and off course and some of them have helped me through the toughest moments. I’m sure that I will see these guys next season and we will all achieve more great things together.

As with all good things, the journey doesn’t need to stop there! I plan to do some BIG challenges next year and with the goals I have in mind, it is very exciting. Stay tuned on theurbanchallenger.com for more and thanks for reading!

How did your goals for this year go? Did you achieve everything you aimed to? Were there any goals you missed? Are there any goals you needed to reevaluate? Let me know in the comments below and thanks again!