When it came to running… 2014 brought many PR’s and many triumphs… well the first half anyway. The second half of the year, taught me a lot about myself as well and it made me really understand how important running and blogging is to me. I set my goals big, so when I hit them it’s awesome and when I don’t, yes it’s a disappointment but it pisses me off and makes me work harder.
While I DID PR in the half I did NOT hit my goal of 1:30 which is a huge disappointment. My best half last year was 1:33:40. So when it comes to the half, I’m not only ready to hit 1:30, I’m ready to CRUSH it.
Last year I ran one marathon and it was amazing! I know that they are not all that way and that is why I am grateful that the one that I did do qualified me for Boston with a time of 3:23:25, and it was a complete accident. I trained for it in one month and the reward was so great. I also ended up being 13 woman overall and 2nd in my age group. I think we all need races like that, you know the ones that make you believe again.
So this year my goal is to not only re-qualify for Boston for 2016, but to run 3:10 or better! It’s a huge goal but this year I’m not only blogging to keep my self accountable but I’ve also joined a running group because I’m ready for a real comeback and I’m pretty mad at myself that I didn’t run the fall marathon. I’m not one to sign up for a race and not do it, but I didn’t want another Burlington Marathon on my hands because honestly, that would have done more damage than me just not running it. But a 3:10 would not only qualify me for Boston but it would qualify me for NYC as well. Anything faster is just a bonus in my world, lol.
Something I’m trying to do this year is make quality goals for myself and not overload myself with running too many races. I love racing and if the races come they come and if I just put in mileage that is fine too. My goal is not to burn out and to stay as healthy as possible. So my final running goal for 2015 is to clock 2015 miles by next Jan. 1st! I want to continue to run and enjoy the love of it. At one point last year I was just going through the motions and I pretty much hated it. That’s when I knew I needed a break.
I love blogging and I love the friendships that I have made through blogging. Last year one of my goals to was simply start a blog, this year my goal is blog 5 out of 7 days a week. If I can do all 7 I definitely will! But I have learned that trying to do too much can backfire and I would rather have quality than crap.
2014 was a pretty good year but I have a feeling that 2015 is going to be so much better. What are some of your goals for the new year?