2018, let’s make a plan!

Fail to plan = plan to fail.

Fail to plan = plan to fail.

The year is well underway now, in fact it’s February already! This means it’s time to put the excuses aside, revisit those resolutions & identify your running goals for the year & start to set out a plan.

With that in mind I should just mention we have a crew of about 12 or more runners committed to the Gold Coast Marathon this year (July 1 - just 21 weeks away) if you're interested, and then of course there is Melbourne in October followed by New York in November and plenty more in between just to name a few.

Believe it or not, one of our own has ticked off 2 marathons this January; Hobart  and Disney marathon in Florida ! Not only that but he’s heading to Tokyo in a couple of weeks to make it three for the year already!!

With that in mind, I thought I’d set out a few key races & run events to kelp you decide which ones you’d like to aim for and those you’ll tick off along the way to your ultimate goal for the year. Of course there's  full list on the Australian Running Calendar here;

Here's but a few...

FEB 3 - VRR Tan Time Trial ; 4km, 8km First Sat every month. Great way to test yourself

FEB 18 - Muscular Dystrophy Run 4 Strength ;  10km Won by our very own Run Well runner, James Clarke!

Rip to River ; 10km Beach run from Pt Lonsdale to Ocean Grove. The first run event I ever ran ( 1988.)

FEB 25 -  Sri Chinmoy Yarra Trail Run ; 7, 14, 21km Famous post race pancakes!

MAR 17 - Sharpy’s Beer Run ; 10, 21km Tough, pub for pub a most beautiful trail run. The most fun run ever with the best runners medal ever!!

MAR 18 - Run 4 Kids ; 5, 15.3km Have to do this one at least once!

APRIL 14 -  Great Ocean Trail Run ; 11, 18km Anglesea trails are great!

APRIL 14 - Run the Rock ; 5, 13.5,22km Hanging Rock

APRIL 15 - MS Half Marathon ; 21.1 Flemington

APRIL 29 - Puffing Billy’s Great Train Race ; 13.5km Say no more.

MAY 6 - Wings For Life World Run ; ?? How far will you go! MAY 19-20 Great Ocean Road Run 23,44,60km The most scenic road run.

MAY 27 - Sri Chinmoy Como Landing HM ; 7,14,21.1km Test yourself here!

JUNE 30 - Surf Coast Trail ; 22, 42km Torquay to Fairhaven, a beauty!


JULY 21-22 - You Tangs Trail Running Festival ; 5km -100 mile Something for everyone this weekend!

JULY 29 - Run Melbourne ; 5,10,21.1km Big HM event

AUG 26 - Wonderland Grampians ; 20, 37km Spectacularly tough!

SEP 9 - AV HM Burnley ; 21.1km Your HM test before MM.

SEP 23 - Sri Chinmoy HM Burnley ; 21.1km Ditto’ above.

OCT 14 - Melbourne Marathon ; 42.2km Our big race!

NOV 4 - NYC MARATHON ; 42.2km If you’re lucky enough!!

NOV 11 - Marysville Marathon ; 42.2km Another tough one!


After that it’s just a case of setting out a plan or program and getting stuck in!  

Here's some key tips on goal setting & how to make them stick.

Commitment to the process will deliver results!  

Please let me me know how I can help you achieve your goals this year; regardless if it's your first 5kms race, Half marathon or you're aiming for your first or your fastest marathon!

Remember, you are 50% more likely to achieve your goals with a written program!  

Don't forget to keep checking our upcoming events calendar here.

Rohan Armstrong

Passionate Running & Osteopathy