Disclaimer: This is a kind of 2014 recap/2015 goals post all in one.
In debating the format for this post, I decided to go with “the list”, because goals are a version of a list after all. And, instead of rehashing all the stupid things Jen has done in 2014 in the name of the run, I won’t be detailing my mistakes here…..only lessons learned. This is, in part, to avoid sounding like a broken record while simultaneously beating a dead horse. But, for the most part, this is an attempt to spare the 4 people who read my blog the agony of reading, yet again, about my “lapses in judgement”, as I affectionately refer to them. Let’s just hope that reading my blog is one of your 2015 goals. 🙂
- Suffered my first running-related injury and lived through it! (It was quite the drama at the time.) Seriously, it was great experience, looking back. It only served to make me a more seasoned runner. And now that I’m going through injury for a second time, I feel I’m growing wiser! (And, boy, could I use some wisdom from the gods of running!)
- PR’d by over 5 min at Cowtown Half in February, in grueling (for me, anyway) conditions of sticky humid and 60s. I thank my lucky stars that the sun didn’t come out until mile 10. I would have melted.
- After recovering from my injury, felt stronger as a runner than I ever have! Seriously, my best running to date. I love that healthy, strong feeling. I will run strong again soon.
- Ran with Taylor, one of Taylor’s former club coaches at Plano Balloon HM (confused yet?). It was his first HM and he didn’t train the way I told him to, but he finished! So honored that he asked me to do it with him. (May I just say that advising him on training made me realize how stubborn and frustrating I must have been to my friends that helped me through my injury?!? #twopeasinapod #hardheaded #stubborn #wedontlisten)
- Finished my first marathon, for which I trained twice! (Humor of Mother Nature is all that can explain that!) Initially I was disappointed with the result, but a little perspective has made this day one of the sweetest of the year!
2014 Lessons Learned
- Rest days are good and necessary. In fact, I learned that I am able to go on the no-running/no-workout/anything but walking 2-week DL AND still remember how to run/am still able to run when I’m reactivated. And those first runs after the forced break were ahhhhhhh-mazing!!
- Cross train, cross train, cross train. I added cross training/strength training and biking in after my injury, but life and marathon training took over in the fall and I gradually did less and less. Paid the price for it, too, during my marathon. But I promised not to go there, so….. Suffice to say that I believe this is the part of the puzzle that helped me run so well early on in the Fall.
- I CAN run by myself. I have become a better, stronger, faster, more confident, mentally stronger runner on my own. This isn’t a negative reflection on my former partner, rather, running alone required me to develop those skills in order to be successful. However, I didn’t spend as much time injured when I had a partner…..coincidence??
- Just because I have “that feeling” in my gut does not mean that I need to run my long run as fast as I possibly can, or run when I should be resting, or do any other stupid thing just because “the feeling in my gut said so”. (For me, this leads to injury. EVERY. TIME.)
- Just because I CAN run a 1,000 mile year doesn’t mean I SHOULD. (I joined a 1,000 mile challenge early on in 2014. Injury caused me to miss the goal by 55 miles. However, I was so focused on that, at times, that I failed to focus properly on my rehab. For me, this is a distraction that encourages me to run junk miles.)
- STAY HEALTHY!!! I am working on making my ITB as happy, happy, happy as it can be and once I achieve that, I want it to stay that way!!
- I will not focus on mileage in 2015. I will, instead, focus on quality runs. My runs will be intentional and planned.
- Cross train, cross train, cross train. Enough said. I will ensure that I get my cross training in, even if it means I have to skip a run. (Those of you holding me accountable might want to bookmark this one.) I would rather skip one or two runs than sit out for a few weeks to rehab a preventable injury.
- Sub-2 Half Marathon. I KNOW this is achievable, since I ran a 2:04 HM during a marathon training run. (Let’s not discuss the stupidity in that…the PB during a training run. Reference 4th bullet under Lessons Learned.)
- Cowtown Marathon 2016. Of course I want to run another marathon! If my body had been ready, I would have run another the very next weekend. I felt like running the full at Dallas next year might be too soon for me (because I want to build my base back slowly), and I’ve already mentioned how I LOVE that Cowtown course, so this seems like the perfect next-marathon for me! I list this in my 2015 goals because I will begin formal training for it before 2015 comes to a close. I am REALLY excited about this one!!!
I hope your 2014 was at least half as amazing as mine was! I was blessed in so many ways during the year.
Here’s to an even better 2015!
Thanks for reading!