The year 2014 is almost over. We have a month left, but racing season is officially over so I’m going to do a review now. After Trenton, I thought we might do another race or two, but we ended up doing neither because of work and house-related work.
In 2014, I completed 15 road races and 2 triathlons. There were:
- 1 one-mile race
- 3 5Ks
- 1 5-mile race
- 3 10Ks
- 1 10-mile race
- 5 Half marathons
- 1 18-mile race
I did about the same number of races overall as in 2013, but far fewer 5Ks (I did 6 in 2013) and more half marathons (only 3 in 2013). I did my shortest race (1-miler) and my longest race (18-miler). I suffered through two triathlons. I don’t think I’ll be doing any more of those. I didn’t do a single trail race (sad).
My goals for 2014 at the beginning of the year were:
- Run a sub-23 5K in the spring.
- Run a sub 22:30 5K by the end of the year.
Nope! I hadn’t really focused much on 5Ks this year. For whatever reason we didn’t do as many 5Ks as we usually do. But I set a really cool 1-mile PR (6:37).
- Run a sub 1:45 half marathon
Nope! I never got into 1:45 shape. The closest I came was the 1:46:36 that I set in Trenton. I’m stoked about my HM PR. If I hadn’t gotten this PR I would have a bit sad about my 2014 racing season. Without it, the only thing that I would have had to show for the 2014 racing season would have been the 10-mile PR set at Cherry Blossom back in the spring. The HM PR made me feel that I accomplished something and that I’ve made progress in my fitness and speed.
- Run a sub 50 min 10K
Yup! First goal I met. PR is 48:42 set at Apple Chase in March.
- Do one push-up
No. I keep having this goal, do the exercises to start building strength and then forget about this.
- Do one pull-up
- Get the Athena badge on Fitocracy (deadlift 135 lb for 3 reps, barbell squat 115 lbs for 3 reps, and bench press 85 lbs for 3 reps). I just need to work on my bench press.
Argh. The last several months I haven’t been doing as much weight training as I normally do. I’ll give the usual excuse of lack of time, too much work, etc, but in truth it’s really because I haven’t made it a priority in my fitness.
- Get back into aerial silks. Take a class every other week.
I got a late start with this goal because I didn’t start until summer. But I had to stop and I realize that at this point in my life, I just can’t fit this in. Where and when the classes are offered and my work schedule just don’t mix well. Too bad.
So while it looks like I did terrible in meeting my 2014 goals, I’m actually pretty happy with what I’ve done in 2014. I had some great races. I made progress in getting faster.
What I’d like to see happen in 2015
- Run a sub-23 5K
McMillan says I’m close. Let’s hope I can grab it in the spring.
- Run a sub 1:45 HM
Chasing this goal for about 2 1/2 years now.
- Do one push-up
I can do this as long as I do my exercises to build upper body strength. Don’t stop.
- Go weightlifting twice a week
Cross-training is good for running. I love weightlifting and I do believe that it helps with my running. I need to make time for this.
- Complete a marathon
Yes, 2015 will be the year of the marathon. My friends have been asking when I would be jumping onto the marathon bandwagon and I’ve decided that 2015 will be the year. 2015 will be filled with long training runs and lots of carbs. I already decided that it’ll be a fall marathon – Wineglass to be exact. I loved the half and I can’t wait to go back.
Did you meet your goals for 2014? What do you want to see happen for yourself in 2015?