It’s been a big year of running! And now that the year is almost over, I’m wondering: what’s next? I’m finally sitting down to reflect on the past year of running and write about upcoming running goals and races. Here goes!
The past year of running had some ups and downs, but overall it was pretty stellar. I started racing early in the spring with the Seaside Half Marathon. I was mostly running this for fun (I was strapped down with a GoPro, after all) and was pretty pleased with my 1:36 finish for so early in the year.
A couple months later I had the urge to run the Rock ‘n’ Roll Country Music half marathon and “bandit-ed” a bib a few days in advance. Unfortunately I didn’t have time to taper or train for this race and came down with a nasty cold — and then was stupid enough to run the race anyways. I totally tanked and clocked in at 1:48, which was pretty depressing.That race was a bit of a confidence crusher, but in that same month I ran really fast at the Purity Dairy Dash 10k! I came in close to my current 10k PR and got 3rd place for women.By the time my big spring goal race came around I was feeling pretty ready. Lizzie, Anthony, and I headed to Asheville for the Downhill at Dawn half marathon and I set a new PR of 1:29 (which I will probably never beat unless I find a route that’s even more downhill than this one). Also snagged a 2nd place spot for ladies. Yay!!
Flash forward through a summer of long, hot training runs and we arrive at the Detroit Marathon. This was my big goal race for the year and my goal was simply to set a new PR (anything under 3:25). So when I came in at 3:20 I was stupid shocked/happy. How did I ever run that fast?! Also, Lizzie, you are my lucky race buddy BFF Only a few weeks after that big race, I laced up again and ran the ZOOMA Nashville women’s half marathon. Since I was still recovering from the full marathon, I went into this one with a “let’s see what happens” mentality. About four miles in I realized that I should just run this one for fun since my legs were still tired. I came in at 1:40 which isn’t great but isn’t too terrible (for me), either!And now, here we are. 2015 was a good year. Looking ahead, I’m excited to announce TWO things that are on my upcoming running calendar:
1. The 2015 Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk! The Tennessee chapter of the Arthritis Foundation reached out and asked if I’d like to run this race and of course I said yes. One last race for the year! I hardly ever run 5ks because I am a wimp when it comes to fast/short distances, but this race sounds really fun. It’s set in beautiful historic Franklin (you can find me at Puckett’s brunching afterwards), involves costumes, and supports a good cause. I’d like to see if I can come in under 20 minutes for this race but admit that I haven’t done a single speed workout in about two months. So basically, I have no idea how I’ll do here but I’m excited anyways. It can’t be as freezing and icy as the jingle bell 8k I did in DC a couple years ago, right? (ps: miss you, Anne!)
2. A whole lot of NOTHING. Yep. After this 5k, I have absolutely zero running plans, goals, or races for the long term. After running at least one marathon every year for the past SEVEN years of my life, I think it’s time for a racing break. I’m not entirely sick of running or racing, but I am a bit tired. Tired, but happy! I did well in both of my goal races for 2015 and think it’s time for a well-deserved break.Although I love pushing through a long training cycle and seeing myself get faster at the end of it all, right now I simply want to run for fun again — with no pressure to hit a certain pace or finish time. Running is an amazing way to challenge yourself and measure your fitness level. But: It’s also an amazing way to get outside, hang out with friends, and give yourself some time to think. In 2016 I’m going to focus more on those last things.
My 2016 New Year’s running resolutions are as follows: have fun, run with friends as much as possible, get enough sleep, and be okay with getting slower. The first two should be easy and the last two will be challenging for my type-A self. I’m not planning on running any full marathons in 2016 and doubt that I’ll even get out there for a half. And if I do find myself at a race start line: I’m not planning on running any faster than I did in 2015.
Oh, and my other goal: find something to blog about when I’m not training 5-6 days a week ;). Hope you stick around for it all!
- Have you ever taken a break from running/racing? For how long?
- How many years in a row have you run marathons/half marathons?
- What are your New Year’s resolutions (running or non-running?)