In 2014 I made some huge running related goals and I ended up not reaching any of them. Sub 1:45 half marathon? No. Run first marathon? More no. Run 1000 miles? Even more no. I finished the year feeling like a disappointment and I decided I did not want to feel like that again in 2015. So for 2015 my goal is simply:
Run more and don't get injured.
I can happily say that I am perfectly on track! While my injury prevention work has not always been perfect, I have made it through the first 6 months without any issues. I'd like to think that I have started to figure out when I can push through the pain and when I need to take an extra rest day, but maybe I've just gotten lucky this year.
In terms of running more, in the first half of 2014 I ran 376.01 miles (that .01 is super important, lol). So far this year I have logged 675.83 miles! Almost an 80% increase in mileage! I know that sounds like a ridiculous increase, but the winter of 2014 was so terrible that I hardly ran at all. I also missed almost an entire month due to a non-running injury.
Of course I have still set some more granular goals along the way this year. I wanted a PR in the 5k (victory!). I still am chasing that sub 1:45 half marathon (maybe later this year? next year?). And I definitely plan on running my first marathon this year (no injuries, pleaseandthankyou!). But instead of getting really hung up on the details, I have been trying (trying, I'm not perfect!) to focus on the big picture. I know that if I put in the work my times will continue to improve. Maybe not as quickly or consistently as I want, but they should keep improving.
|All smiles after Charlevoix, but in my head I am demanding a do over!|