2015 has been the year for many new things, especially running. In January, I moved into a new house, started a new job, and began my first real health journey. I also signed myself up for a lot of races, some good and some not so good. Through all these things, I’ve learned a lot about myself and have reflected on a couple ways that 2016 might be the same and the ways that I hope it’ll be different. (I knew that above picture would come in handy one day).
But first let’s talk about all this running.
Yes, I started running in Kindergarten, but I haven’t run this much in my life. In January of this year, I ran so poorly in the MRTC Winter Off-Road series that I knew I had to get serious about taking care of myself and training properly. I experimented with a paleo diet and began working with a coach in February. I’ve run in about 25 races this year alone in preparation for my big half and full marathons and through the journey, there have been both the highs and lows.
Youth Villages 10-miler
I love the 10-mile distance and this race was special because it was actually one of the only times all year that I met my goal for a particular race (depressing, I know). I was shooting for sub 1:10 and I barely slid in at 1:09:53. After the race, I kept running from the finish line to my car to join my friends on a Pedal Pub, but ended up later getting a cool painting as my award.
Zoom through the Zoo
We got to run through the Memphis Zoo for this 4-miler so that’s plenty enough reason so make the highlights. I didn’t quite get the time I wanted, but I felt strong with a time of 25:41.
Broad Ave 5k
This the first year for the Broad Ave 5k and it’s definitely one I’ll continue to do. It was really hot, but it was a fun Friday afternoon race with a great after party. Again, not the time I wanted (it was a short course and i finished with 19:02), but I won some cool prizes.
Cooper Young 4-miler
CY is always my favorite race of the year, but this time I got closer to 25 minutes with a time of 25:32 and I won a $100 gift card to a running store. And as always, I love me a good post-race party.
MRTC Off Road Series
Again, I did so bad in these races that it forced me to take a step back and realize how I wasn’t taking proper care of myself. And it was really cold.
SRVS Bunny Run 5k
This was a small local 5k, but I pretty much gave up with .25 left… my bad. My time was 19:41 and no where near my hope of breaking 19.
Bluff City 10k
I was so excited about this race, but ended up not running because I was afraid I was developing a hip injury. I took about a week off and it was probably one of the smartest things I’ve done all year, but it also looked like a really fun race.
MRTC Road Race Series
There were some good races in this series of 12, but it was all just too much for me while trying to focus on my upcoming half and full. I think it’s what ultimately burnt me out before St. Jude. I hope to do it again, but it would definitely have to be my main focus.
I didn’t run either of the half marathons!
Some other honorable mentions were Wade’s Big Adventure, The Bud Mile, and the Hill and Dale 8-miler.
Yep, I’m still eating just as much as when I was running 40-50 miles a week. The chaffing is starting to heal, but it might be a long road so stay tuned.
I feel like the entire year of 2015, I was looking forward to my next goal. I was always working towards something and in 2016, I’d rather live more in the moment and let myself be spontaneous even with my race schedule.
Like I’ve said before, I believe there’s a big difference between running and training. I love both, but I think I’m just going to be running for a little bit. I’m not working with a coach right now so it won’t be planned out and no one will be tracking what I do.
I’ve already planned a trip to New Orleans to “run” the Rock n’ Roll New Orleans Half marathon with two of my best friends from college.
More Cross Training
I’m a woman of many hobbies that I would love to get back into. I love to climb, mountain bike, swim, hike, etc., but just ask my boyfriend how many times I’ve had to turn down adventurous weekend or day trips because I had a long run or had to save my legs for a race. I also have a gym membership that I never use that needs some attention.
I spent an entire summer after college just training for triathlons and loved it so if I can find a training group I might get back to it in the spring.
Whatever I Feel
Warning: this is all subject to change at a moments notice because I change my mind like it’s going out of style, but I can promise you that 2016 will definitely be exciting.
What are your running plans?
Are you going to amp up or scale back in 2016?
What’s your favorite race and distance?