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?
Congrats on the goals that you met in 2014, and much luck to you and your goals in 2015! It’s so exciting that you are going to go for a full marathon, my life changed completely, after crossing the finish line of my first. Enjoy!
Thanks! I have no idea what to expect with the marathon, but I know it’ll be transformative. I’m excited and scared.
Woohoo! Good luck with the marathon training 🙂 If you can run a 1:45 HM, I’m sure you can go sub 23 in your 5K time. Pick a flat course 😉 Wait, you can’t do 1 push-up?
I know, Ben can’t believe it either. I have very little upper body strength and had to work hard to be able to bench press anything and it’s the slowest to gain strength out of the weightlifting exercises that I do regularly. The best I was able to do was the knee push up and that took me a year to work up to.
I’d say 2014 was pretty decent! You did lots of races and ran them very well. A marathon for 2015 is very exciting! I can’t wait to read how you feel at about 23 miles (I mean that in a good way too) as I love your race recaps.
Thanks! I’m predicting – God, I’m so tired. Why am I doing this? I can’t run another 3.2 miles. I’ve been running such a long time. Surely another mile has gone by. ARGH! Only .1 mile since the last time I checked my Garmin. LOL
I think you nailed it!!
You had a fantastic year! I still can’t believe that you just jumped into triathlons the way you did. That was darn amazing.
I think you are set up to have an amazing 2015! I’m excited to read all about it. 🙂
Thanks, Salt! Likewise, I can’t wait to read about your adventures and experiences (especially the ones with your adorable daughter).
Love this! Makes me want to dig around for my 2014 goals and see how I did.
Thank you. I like doing an end of the year review. It’s easy to lose sight of progress in the every day moments.
LOVED this post. Sometimes the goals that you set and the goals that you accomplish turn out to be different, but wonderful just the same. I know you had some rough patches this year, but you’ve really gotten faster. With some better health luck, I think you’ll kill 2015. Excited to hear that you’re doing Wineglass Marathon. I’ll be curious to hear your take on the training and the distance. It’s not my favorite, but I keep going back nonetheless. I’m going to have to look at my goals for 2014. Hmmm….
I’m curious to see how I take to marathon training. I don’t think I’m going to stick to an official training plan, but cobble one together that suits my predilection and schedule.
I’m excited to see how you do in Bermuda. You’re ripe for a PR.
Great goals! Hopefully I’ll make it to my first full marathon next year too 🙂
Here’s to us both!