I definitely did not intend to take quite this much time off blogging! I was home all of last week and didn’t feel like blogging, either in real time or to schedule out posts for this week, so we had some quiet time around here. To wrap up 2015, though, I’d like to recap my year in running. As always, thanks to Kim for the template.
Races participated in: 14: a volume PR, if you will 😛
Races “raced” (of x amount above): Hmm. At least three. It’s kind of hard to say this year, to be honest, because I feel like I put a lot of effort into most of the races I ran, but I’m not sure if I put in enough to call it racing.
10 Mile: 2
Half Marathon: 3
New-to-me distances: 6K and relay. I have a feeling this will be the last year I’m able to include new-to-me distances for quite some time, unless I find another obscure _K to do in 2016.
States run In: Do we count Washington, D.C. in this? I’m going to say yes, and in that case: 5. I primarily ran in Illinois, but also ran a little bit in Wisconsin (Ragnar), Washington, D.C. (vacation), Washington (vacation) and Michigan (when home).
Trail: 0. I guess if you want to be really generous, my first leg of Ragnar was on a dirt trail, so maybe we can say one.
Months run In: 12.
Hottest race: Oh my gosh, like there’s even any question about this one: the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. NEVER AGAIN. You’ve got to be a special kind of crazy to sign up for a half marathon in Chicago in mid-July, and as of this past July, I am no longer that kind of crazy.
Coldest race: You know, weirdly enough, I’d have to say it was the Shamrock Shuffle. Having a December heat wave made my end-of-the-year races much warmer than usual.
Windiest race: DEFINITELY Shamrock. I feel like I also remember a bit of wind during the Lakefront 10, on the way back north? But Shamrock was far worse.
Wettest race: Can I count my long runs as races? So many rainy long runs. By some miracle, it actually never rained during any of my races this year, but man, 12 miles of this more than counteracts dry race days as far as I’m concerned.
Races I ran for free: 6
Race entries I paid for other people: 0. I continue to be the worst.
Participation medals received: 13. As a result, I am now in desperate need of a medal holder (which I received money to buy for my birthday and have yet to spend, mostly because I hate buying things online and the subsequent fights I have with UPS or FedEx.)
AG medals received: None, though I did receive an AG ribbon.
6K: 30:55 (default PR)
Marathon: 4:52:52 (4:59 PR)
Definitely not a good year in speed for me 😦 I’d really like to get some PRs next year – my 10K PR in particular could use some updating, as it’s stood since 2013.
Races run alone: 13
Races run with others: One – Ragnar. Although it’s not like I ran with them, technically, but rather that we all ran on the same team.
Acted as pacer: 0
Favorite medal: This is a tough one! I actually wasn’t all that wild about the Chicago Marathon medal this year, but I did really like the Rock ‘n’ Roll medals and the Chicago Half medal, despite its ridiculous size.
Bib: Chicago Half, because I got a special bib for doing the Chicagoland Half Marathon Series, and it made me feel like a badass. Hahaha.
Picture: Mile 23!
I was talking to my mom on the phone the day before the marathon, and she told me she expected me to be smiling when I saw them at mile 23 this year. Mission accomplished (though to be fair, it wasn’t entirely authentic. I was definitely feelin’ it by this point in the race, though not nearly as much as I had been feelin’ it in 2013 or 2014. Please also note the sponge from Pilsen stuffed in my sports bra. #reallife)
Miles run in 2015: I wore way too many watches to make this easy to figure out this year, and I didn’t track miles on the treadmill like I have in the past, but based on the data I have – 671.58 (+50.96 from 2014)
Money spent on physical therapy: $0 😀
Though I would’ve liked this year to have been a bit faster, overall I’m pleased with how things went for me in my running in 2015. I took a new approach to training, particularly marathon training, and as a result stayed healthier than I have for the past two years. I’m very happy that I made it through this entire year of running without ending up in physical therapy to rehab one injury or another, and I think my commitment to varied workouts (strength training, strength + cardio circuits, yoga, climbing, different kinds of runs, runs on different routes, getting up every 45 (or so) minutes during the work day to do PT exercises, doing PT exercises of my own free will, etc.) made a big difference.
Looking forward to next year, my primary goal, as always, will be to remain injury free. I’d like to PR my marathon again, ideally breaking 4:45 (ideally breaking 4:45 by a long shot), and I’d like a 10K PR as well, if I could manage it. If the marathon gods favor me, I hope to run two marathons next year, and I’m sure most of the usual suspects (Shamrock, Ravenswood, the BTN Big 10K, Jingle Bell) will make appearances as well. Looking forward to running many more miles in 2016!