Since I joined a gym last fall, I’ve added back in some strength training. A few years ago I was regularly lifting weights, but for whatever reason I quit…I think it was around the time I started marathon and triathlon … Continue reading
2017 was an interesting year. Some of my goals ended up changing since I decided to backdown from endurance distance races after finishing the Nashville Half. It was a big change for me, and I had a hard time processing it … Continue reading
Towards the end of 2015 I set some goals for the races I planned on doing in the new year, as well as some weekly goals of running 3x a week and biking 1-2x a week. I also had a few general goals of staying healthy with minimal injuries.
The year had a rocky start with me battling shin splits due to trying out a new pair of shoes that weren’t right for me, as well as getting frostbite on my toes 😱. All this happened right before my first race of the year, so I didn’t run for two weeks before the race. I was very nervous about how I’d feel. Everything worked out though. The shin splints turned out to be one of only two injuries I faced this year. The second was my bursitis flair up after the marathon. I’m still amazed that my husband and I both made it through training without injury.🤗 For me, two injuries in a year with a total of 3 weeks off from running was definitely considered ‘minimal’.👍🏼
Here’s a run down on my time goals I had set.
Disney Princess Half Marathon
- Goal 1: Break 2:18:31 (PR) — Check! Official time of 2:16:13
- Goal 2: Break 2:10:47 (9:59 pace) – Missed
- Goal 3: Break: 2:08:49 (9:50 pace) – Missed
Gazelle Girl Half Marathon
- Goal: I registered for this race last minute (4 days before the race) and had no time goals – I ended up breaking my half PR from Disney with a 2:14:01 and was pretty happy with that!
Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon
- Goal: Just have fun and stick with my mom for the race. – I probably had the most fun during this race because I wasn’t pushing my pace and I really took in the scenery. It was a blast and I’m glad I could run with my mom! It was still a PR for me too for the half course at 2:27:23 (11:15 pace), as the first time I did it back in 2014 with my mom we did it in 2:32:09 (11:37 pace).
River Bank Run 25k
- Goal 1: Break 2:52:03 (PR) – Check!
- Goal 2: Break 2:39:13 (10:15 pace) – Check! 2:39:01 official time!
- Goal 3: Break 2:34:44 (9:59 pace) – Missed. Still chasing a sub 10 pace for a half and 25k.
The River Bank 25k turned out to be a huge confidence booster. I ran my fastest half during the race (Garmin said 2:11:35), and ended up slowing the last 2.5 or so miles but finished in 2:39:01. I was pretty happy with my effort and time.
So this isn’t running, and it wasn’t in my original goals post, but I ended up signing up for a 100 mile bike ride with my husband. We completed all 100 miles, which was my goal. In all honesty, it was something that I’ll probably never do again. I really like the 50 or less mile rides, and less hilly is definitely more enjoyable. It felt pretty amazing to finish though, despite the anticlimactic ending.
This race was the weekend after the Holland 100 and I didn’t have on my list, but ended up adding it a bit later into the year. My main goal was to place (it’s a super small race – I had 8 women in my age group). So, I was thrilled to get a 1st place AG win even though my time was a hair slower than last year. My husband got 2nd in his AG! 🙂
Mackinac Island 8 mile
- Goal 1: Break 1:17:57 (PR) – Missed with official time of 1:17:59 (so close!)
- Goal 2: Break 1:17:12 (9:39 pace) – Missed.
Considering most of my miles run around this time were the long slow ones for marathon training, I am not surprised at all that I missed this. Disappointed, yes. But not really surprised. Next year I WILL break that time! I had a great time during the race, as I always do though.
Grand Rapids Marathon
- Goal 1: Break 5:50:03 (PR) -Check!
- Goal 2: Break 5:00 (11:27 pace) – Check!
- Goal 3: Break 4:45 (10:52 pace) – Check! Official time of 4:43:26 🙌🏼
Ending the racing season with this crazy PR made my year! This was on my mind from the beginning of the year, when training hadn’t even started for it yet. The training for the marathon was such a great experience! And the race itself was 100% different from my first marathon experience. I truly loved this race and am SO glad I was able to run it with my husband. It’ll definitely be a race I’ll never forget!
2016 Weekly fitness goals:
- Continue to run 3x a week
- Continue to bike 1-2x a week
I’ll say CHECK and CHECK on these two. I rarely missed, but did due to illness or injury a few times.
2015 was my PR year. Every race I ran was a new PR! This year wasn’t one of those years, but it was an incredibly rewarding year due to the marathon and still some good improvement on my half and 25k times. I’m very pleased with how this year went and I can’t wait to see what I’ll do in 2017!
Check out the Goals & Race Schedule page for my 2017 tentative race schedule (it is below my 2016 schedule).
I hope you all had a great time celebrating the new year! We had some fun at a New Years Eve party at a ski club with my cousins. We hiked up one of the biggest hills after toasting to the new year. Such a fun way to start 2016!
What a great year 2015 was! We sure packed a lot of amazing memories into the year. Lots of happy racing memories and a few tears too (although, they were mostly happy tears). The end of 2014 I made some goals for the new year. They were….
- Finish first marathon
- Finish first sprint triathlon
- Complete a “run streak” in the month of November (run at least 1 mile every day)
- Run 800 miles this year
I’m so proud to say I did finish both the marathon and sprint tri! They were both such different experiences. Not going to re-hash all those details, but they both pushed me to want to experience them again.
The run streak sadly ended prematurely. I was having some shin pain and was afraid it would get worse with daily runs. I now believe it was just my shoes being on their way out. I like to cross train in between runs, and I can tell if I’ve run a few days in a row. So, it probably wasn’t a great goal for me to begin with. It just sounded like a fun idea at the time 😉. Kuddos to those that participate in those run streaks! You’re amazing!
I did fall shy of 800 miles this year, getting to 772 miles. Very proud of the miles I reached though. Facing a few injuries and illness, getting to that point is something I’m still proud of. Especially considering it was still an increase in miles from last year’s 614 mile total.
Other than those goals, I set PR’s in every race I ran this year! That is something I did not see happening. But, it was a great reminder that hard work DOES pay off.
So, technically I only met 50% of my goals but I’m really not upset by that. It was an incredible year!
2016 is going to be a big year for my family and I! We’ll finally be building on the beautiful property near the lakeshore that we bought in 2013. This past year was exciting as we’ve been finalizing our floor plan and so many details in hopes building will go smoothly when we break ground in the spring (yay!!). I’ll probably be sharing a bit about our build throughout the process too.
With that being said, I had to put some races on hold. I cut out a spring half marathon and a fall 10 miler. I’d like to do them both at some point, but 2016 just isn’t the year for them. I know for sure I want to do another Tri, but cut that as well. I thought for sure a 70.3 would be on my 2016 calendar, but due to an issue with pool access and how much I realistically can handle during this busy year I decided to wait. I’m hopeful 2017 will be my year to return to the Tri world :). Once we move, I’ll have my pool access back and life should return to normal.
2016 Race Schedule & Goals:
- February – Half Marathon
- Goal 1: Break 2:18:31 (PR)
- Goal 2: Break 2:10:47 (9:59 pace)
- Goal 3: Break: 2:08:49 (9:50 pace)
- May – 25k
- Goal 1: Break 2:52:03 (PR)
- Goal 2: Break 2:38:52 (10:15 pace)
- Goal 3: Break 2:33:42 (9:55 pace)
- July – 10k
- Goal: Have fun & survive – This is a race that involves climbing 2 sand dunes. I won free race registration to this race for renaming the event. I don’t want to hurt myself trying to be fast. It’ll just be for fun 🙂
- September – 8 mile
- Goal 1: Break 1:17:57 (PR)
- Goal 2: Break 1:17:12 (9:39 pace)
- October – Full marathon
- Goal #1: Break 5:50:03 (PR)
- Goal #2: Break 5:00 (11:27 pace)
- Goal #3: Break 4:45 (10:52 pace)
I am SO ready for that full marathon. I need to redeem myself from my first in April, and I can’t wait to run it with my husband! I’m proud I finished the Country Music Marathon, but it was just not the race I had envisioned. And I learned from it. I know that I cannot just count on the few sips of water at the water stations. I will be wearing a hydration belt, that I just received for Christmas, and I’ll be filling the bottles with Nuun. Now I’m armed with so much determination to achieve my goal!
Yes, cutting 50+ minutes off my marathon time seems crazy. But, I’m looking at how different the courses are and how much stronger I am today in setting that goal. I don’t think I’m crazy ;). Just determined!
- Lift weights at least 2x a week
- Continue to run 3x a week
- Continue to bike 1-2x a week
Other than the time goals for the marathon, the other goals listed above, and finishing all races, I really just want to have a fun and healthy year with minimal injuries. Bring on the fun (and hard work!).
Do you set fitness goals each year? Did you achieve them in 2015? What distance races are you planning on this year? Any other specific goals you want to reach?