Dec 31, 2015
Well, last race of 2015 in the books!! This is one of my favorite races to run. SARC has well organized races and this one if no exception. It is nice because you can wait inside (bonus) and they have lots of food including soup, bread, etc. I never usually eat more than a banana, but it is nice that it is offered. I had signed up for this race in like mid-January of this year because 1) I was making my plan to run 15 Races in 2015 and 2) they had a sweet hoodie and a discounted entrance fee if you registered in Jan of this year.
I was running a bit late for the race this year as I was right in the middle of cleaning my basement (such a good thing!). So I was surprised when I heard someone yell my name as I was scurrying from my car. It was Alise and Chris and their friend, Rebecca! I was so glad to see them! It is always nice to hang with people at a race, plus it was good to see them.
I had just gotten my orthodics the day before so I was anxious to try them out for a first run. The run was pretty good. I felt like I gave my best effort, especially since my running the last couple of months was spotty due to my injury. I walked the one hill for just about 10-15 seconds, but I’m okay with that. My feet felt pretty good and supported with the inserts. I think any discomfort is just getting used to them. My unofficial time (from my new sweet watch) was 33:58 which is 10:56/per mile. It turns out that I came in 37/61 of females in my age group and 505/700. I feel good and happy that I am back running and that my orthodics seem to be doing the trick to help alleviate the pain.
Oh, and let me finally address the elephant in the room, so to speak. 15 Races in 2015??!! Yeah, I didn’t achieve that goal. I think I bit off more than I could chew. I started out great, but slowed down through the summer, busy with activities and vacations and then the fall was really busy with work and then finally my blasted injury in late fall. All excuses aside, I’m happy that I achieved more than half my goal with 8 races. Plus I ran 2 more races than last year! And, I went out of my comfort zone and ran a couple trail races that were absolutely freezing cold!! All that being said, I have set a different sort of running goal for 2016. I have decided to run a total of 800 miles for the year. The cool thing is that my new watch is consistent and accurate AND has a setting to track treadmill runs so I should be able to have a much accurate tracking mechanism. I’m excited to continue in my Challenger facebook running group, run by Coach Jenny Hadfield, which provides so much support and inspiration. Here are all my goals for 2016:
1. Run 800 miles in 2016. To make this I need to step up my “regular” run distance to 4 miles. This will take work, but I like a good challenge!
2. Add a home yoga practice to my yoga along with once at work and once at the studio in town. So, yoga 3x a week.
3. Make time for writing one sentence of gratitude every night in my new journal.
4. Move/organize the treadmill and yoga stuff into the new “fitness” room at home.
5. Finish and self-publish my marathon journey book that I started in 2011.
6. Eat a fruit or veggie with every meal.