This time last year, I was closing things out with 2,140.6 running miles and 403 hours. This year, I didn't have a particular goal in mind, other than shooting for averaging 200 miles per month for as long as I could. I somehow managed to do that for 9 months this year. Booya.
Soooooo, the final numbers are…2,227.8 running miles and 403 hours, highest yearly mileage to date. Same amount of time, but 82.5 miles more? Hmmmm, definitely did not think I ran faster this year, but I suppose I did after all :)
I like to keep track of these numbers here so that I can look back and remember that I wasn't as lazy as I managed to feel. We barely raced this year (relatively speaking), but I stayed very focused on maintaining fitness and getting out to run most days, especially once school started up. I'll pat myself on the back for that.
Looking ahead to this coming year…I can't believe tomorrow is a new year…I am changing my running focus.
I'm laying down the gauntlet.
Rather than focusing on distance I am going to focus on speed. With school taking up as much time as it does, and then clinical rotations beginning late spring, I'm not going to dedicate the kind of time I'd like to dedicate to training for long distance. BUT, I can certainly handle short distance and speed work. I'm setting my sights on the half marathon distance. The prospect of training for a short race has me positively giddy! I've only ever run one half marathon race, back in 2008 (right before running my first 50k), arriving at the finish line in around 2:01. Then I PR'd the distance in 1:46 while running my PR marathon (3:39) back in 2011.
I can do better than that. And I will.
I'm setting my sights on a 1:35 half marathon. I have written down a list of possible races, and once I decide on one I will post it here for accountability. That's the only way my goals become reality. Accountability.
While discussing it with Geof during dinner last night, he threw down. "You can run faster than that; shoot for 1:30!" I think I originally proposed 1:40, which would, in retrospect, be a garbage and easily attainable goal (too easy). I bargained, and we agreed on 1:35. It's just enough outside of my comfort zone without being anxiety-inducing :) It'll hurt just enough to let me know I'm doing something, but not so much that I hate it.
Always set goals just a teensy bit outside your capabilities; those are the goals that make you work and push you to new limits.
I love this!! I've been feeling pretty meh about running lately and I came up with this idea during yesterday's run. I'm a person who needs a focus, a goal. I know this about myself. If I let myself go too long without a focus I begin to drift and then it's really hard to get back on track. So the powers that be threw me a lifeline and offered up this idea. I began doing fartleks halfway through my short run yesterday, feeling the drive and excitement creeping in as my idea grew upon itself.
I love goals!
In an effort not to overwhelm myself, that is the only solid racing goal I will be setting at this point. I figure it's good enough for now. We have other plans that will hopefully fill the year up... :)
Ahhhhh, that feels good to write (i.e. type) down. Now I just need to formulate a training plan…
I hope you all have a fabulous last day of 2013, and all the best to you in 2014!
Happy New Year!