First let me say that I’m so happy I found this link-up right around when I started blogging in June — I wish I could’ve participated every month, but, you know, time travel and stuff.
So. Recapping 2014 and sharing goals for 2015.
I didn’t really set many running goals for 2014, besides logging 1,000 miles, which I did. I ran a few races and I’m in the midst of that marathon training cycle, but I don’t have much to measure this year’s running against.
And what I’m realizing is that I should.
Not that it’s an absolutely necessity to set a bunch of goals to PR and race every month and run X miles and lose weight and whatever, but it’s like, how can I evaluate what I’ve done — and how I can improve — if I don’t have something to base that evaluation on?
What I’m also realizing is that for the past month or so, for reasons mainly my fault, I’ve been supremely out of balance. My yoga practice has all but disappeared, I’ve lost all semblance of regular strength training, and that pesky core work. Even though I know that stuff’s important, I’ve let marathon training and a lack of time management/discipline waylay my best-laid plans.
Not to sound melodramatic or anything.
Plus, for most of the year, when I wasn’t “officially” training, my running was all over the place. I’d run nothing but “easy 3-5 milers” for awhile, I’d randomly throw in speedwork or a long run a couple times a month, I’d take close to a week off without even realizing it.
So I have two goals for 2015.
Three actually, since one is to get through the marathon successfully.
Then — I want to go sub-20:00 in a 5K.
Which will hurt. My “current” PR (set like in 2012) is 23:10 and I haven’t focused on speed in FOREVER. But after spending months plodding along at long run page, I am SO READY to hit the track/treadmill for some speed sessions. I’m already starting to check out some possible 5Ks (and the best part is there are SO MANY and they’re SO CHEAP compared to marathons and half marathons).
And with that, in 2015, I want balance.
I know that’s a silly and unattainable goal to have, because life is about being out of balance, but I want — need — to find a sustainable way to practice yoga regularly. I’ve learned that going without it for a week or more is not good, but practicing every single day isn’t my thing, either. I want to find a quick, simple, yet reasonably effective strength training routine — that complements running — and get my ass to the gym twice a week. I want to log more miles on trails because those just better than the ones on the roads. And I want to finally find the discipline to spend a few minutes each day and a bit of time each week to KEEPING A LEGIT TRAINING LOG and using it to look at what’s going well and what could be better and set some plans and intentions each week/month.
So that’s what 2015 will look like. God willing.
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