As a runner, I feel like I’m worlds apart from who I was a year ago. In January, I posted the following goals for 2015:
- Run 3,500 miles throughout the year
- Lose some weight
- Spend more time in the gym
- Do more yoga
- Post everything on Strava
- 3M Half Marathon, Austin, TX – January
- Statesman Capitol 10,000, Austin, TX – April
- Boston Marathon, Boston, MA – April
- Spend 2 weeks in Colorado during the Summer
- First Ultramarathon trail race – Sometime in the Fall
Looking back, I’m proud of the goals I set. I reached quite a bit with some of them, but if you’re not uncomfortable, you’re probably not growing. Here are the results that came out of those goals:
1. I ran 3,007 of miles in 2015. Although this was well short of my goal, I’m happy with this number after having spent some time down with an injury. I hope to preserve some consistency in 2016 and run even more miles.
2. Mission accomplished prior to racing, then gained it back when I became injured. In the future, I’m going to be more conscious about cross training and watching my calorie intake when I’m not running.
3. Struggling, but still trying to be more consistent.
4. I have not been able to make it in for yoga as much as I would like simply due to time constraints and the general fatigue of building mileage back up. I’ll still take every chance I get, but this has not been much lately.
5. Accomplished! Link
6. Done! 1:17:26
7. I decided against running the Statesman Capitol 10,000 this year because it was only a week away from Boston and I didn’t want to risk tweaking something in a hilly race.
8. Done! 2:51:36. The Boston Marathon was a crazy experience for me and I can’t wait to return someday. The Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 was the perfect race shoe for the day.
9. I did not go during the summer, but Ashley and I went up for Thanksgiving and experienced some COLD weather. I met up with my friend, Brett Whipple and we ran in Boulder one day.
10. I did not run an ultra due to injury and a restructure of training focus, but I did get a chance to race the Rogue Trail Series – The Ranch 30k. I had a great time at this race and learned a lot about being patient and humble. I was pleased to walk away with a 5th place finish, and I loved racing in the super cushioned Skechers GOrun Ultra 2.
Needless to say, 2015 didn’t turn out the way that I very ambitiously imagined in January. Am I disappointed? Somewhat, but I believe that this is characteristic of what running is all about – We set goals, we chase goals, and whether we complete those goals is ultimately inconsequential. More importantly, I placed myself in the uncomfortable position of reaching for something that was perhaps a little far out of my grasp, and I grew as an athlete and a person as a result.
There is certainly more to my 2015 than what my training and racing logs show. I started a new job in January. I started assistant coaching a Rogue Running marathon group called The Morning Show. These are big life developments for me and I hope to continue building on these things into the new year.
Thank you to those who got me through 2015 and onto the next one – Ashley, Coach Steve Sisson, Rogue Running and Team Rogue, Skechers Performance, my parents, and every one of you who took the time to read this blog and provide the many words of support. I’m just a regular guy who likes to run, but I couldn’t do it without the constant words and actions of affirmation that I receive.
I can’t wait to see what 2016 will hold.