As I plan for 2016, I paused to look back on 2015 and I have much to be proud and thankful of with my running. Sometimes I still can’t believe how far I have come. Sometimes I still can’t believe that I am a runner as that is not something I ever could have imagined. I am not the same though. People evolve, grow, and change. Even so, sometimes I forget that. Believe it or not some days, I still struggle with calling myself a runner which is kind of head scratching when I look at my running history. Last year alone, I ran many events including a marathon. On top of that I ran 1000 miles. Yet with all of these miles, I still struggle to call myself a runner. I might be a little mental…..
I’m not fast enough. I don’t know enough. I’ve walked in both marathons that I’ve completed. ect, ect, ect.
Then I remind myself that none of that matters. If any of my running friends said these things about themselves, I would shut them down. The same should apply to me…
I am a runner because I say I am. I am a runner because I run no matter the pace or distance. You don’t need to be the fastest to be a runner, you just need to be running.
This is one of the reasons that I display my bibs, medals, and running pictures in my office area. It is a reminder to me of what I can accomplish if I dare to dream and I tend to dream big:) I also did a decent job of completing some of my goals for 2015. I didn’t complete them all which I’m ok with because I completed them all in one year then my goals weren’t challenging enough.
Here is the run down…
- Complete the 9 plus 1 for NYCM entry – Check. Not only did I complete it, but I had such a great time doing it!
- Run a Half Marathon in 2 hours – Nope. This one didn’t fit into my training plan as I was working more on endurance not speed. This year it will be back on the table.
- Complete the Iron Girl with better time than last year – Didn’t meet this goal which really wasn’t a surprise as I did not train enough on the swim or the bike. I think this race will now be delegated to a run event where time doesn’t matter.
- Run my first trail Half – I did this one well before I realized I would. I ran in in January and it was a surprise to me:)
- A Bib a month challenge – With chasing the 9 plus 1, this one wasn’t that hard to accomplish. The hardest month to complete was actually February as February races in the east are hard to find. I ended up doing a virtual race with my MRTT group. Although I did add the Jingle Bell Jog in December to finish it off. Normally, I would not race in December.
- Run the MCM – Semper Fi!! Would love to do this one again as it really was a great event.
Now time to reflect on goals for 2016. Some I can’t believe I’m not only dreaming about but already signed up for such as a 50K! But that’s for another day. Today is a day of refeclecting. Tomorrow is the day for planning:)
How did you do on your 2015 Goals?