Looking back to look ahead. I’m ready for that now:)
2016 was a big year with lots of big event, small events, and lots of miles! I had some lofty goals for 2016. I had some attainable goals. I had some reach goals too. Overall, I think that I did good and I have a lot to be proud of, but how did I do with those goals that I threw down the gauntlet for?
1. My first big event of the year will be the New York City Half Marathon. I’m going to throw the gauntlet down and say that I would like to do this race as a sub 2:00 event. I don’t care if it is 1:59:59, I really want this. I hear amazing things about this course. I know NY crowds are awesome. So this is the place I want to do it at.
Well I wasn’t kidding. I came in at 1:58:59. I had literally a minute to spare!!! This was a great race and not just because I met my goal. Running through NY Streets is an amazing experience. I think I was able to make my goal not just because of my trianing but due to NY. The crowds are amazing. The feeling of running through Times Square and all the other iconic roadways makes for a great experience. I would love one day to do this race again at a slower pace just to enjoy it at a slower pace.
2. Then I plan to build my endurance up and slow down to train for the Dirty German 50K which I already signed up to do in March. I have no time goal for this, other than I want to finish it. I want to have fun with it and I don’t want to die doing it. Seems like a good goal to me:)
Going into Dirty German if you remember or are new to my blog, I had spotty training due to spraining my ankle on a night run. I was able to keep up with my cardio with swimming and stationery bike, but it wasn’t the same. That being said, I still felt ready for this event (not race because I wasn’t racing it!). I did it. 7 hours, 7 minutes, and 18 seconds. Not a bad day at all. It was such an accomplishment and I really was so happy to cross that finish line! I think this is another event that I wouldn’t mind getting another crack at as I would like to go in with more confidence than the spotty training gave me. Who knows in a few years, when a friend and I both have our kids secured in colleges it might happen. (hint, hint)
3. Last year I didn’t run a lot of 5K’s. This year since I’m not chasing the 9 plus 1, I would like to do more. Since I’m already chasing a sub 2 half, I would like to see if I could chase that 25 minute 5K. We will see. We will see.
This is one that I didn’t hit the mark on, but I certainly gave it all I had to try. I ran my fastest 5K to date at 26:26. This was a 5K that I didn’t put a lot of thought into and that I almost didn’t run. It was a spur of the moment decision. It was hot if I remember correctly, but I ran like I was on fire. I’m not sure if I’m topped out at this 5K speed, but I still dream of a 25 minute 5K. Maybe one day.
4. Then lastly, I want to run the NYCM STRONG. I want to finish this race knowing that I gave it all I got and couldn’t do anymore. Ideally, I would like to do this in 4:30 WITHOUT walking. I don’t know why the walking bothers me, but it does since it is not part of my plan.
I may not have run the NYCM I dreamed of, but I can sit here and say that I did run it strong. I walked. I walked a decent amount which will happen when you run the first half like a half marathon without thinking of the last 13 miles.. But I still ran it strong in the sense that I kept pushing. I didn’t give up. I did what I needed to do to get to the finish line. Can’t really argue that is not a strong race. It might not have been a smart race, but I ran it strong:)
5. Lastly, I want to stay healthy. I want to reach these goals without injury or pain outside of the normal pain that comes with running these distances.Oh and while doing all of this, run 1000 miles again for the year:)
Running wise, I did stay healthy. I had the normal wear and tear that comes with pushing your body to the limits, but nothing requiring intervention and that new shoes couldn’t fix. I did manage to squeak in and hit the 1,000 miles for the year coming in just at the 1,000 mark. Nothing to sneeze at.
Looking back, I have much to be proud of. Now it’s time to look forward.
Here are the numbers for the year…..
NYCM 11/06/16 4:56:04
Runner’s World Half Marathon 2:24:54
Runner’s World 10K 10/14/16 1:09:44
Runner’s World 5K 10/14/16 34:25
Sandy Hook Sprint Triathlon 9/11/16 1:59:00 *Run1 -21:48 1:13:50 19:12
*swim cancelled due to unsafe water conditions. Added 3 mile run*
SP 5K 6/23/16 26:26
NYRR Queens 10K 6/18/16 59:14
Dirty German 50K 05/15/16 07:07:18
St Barts 5K 4/9/16 27:20
NYC HM 3/20/16 1:58:59
Wathung Winter Tral 10K 2/6/16 1:044:25
Watchung Winter Trail Marathon 1/19/16 6:30:08