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a look back and a look ahead

As I start a new year of running, training, races, and potential PRs, I thought it would be fun to look back and reflect on all that I have already accomplished.     I ran 14 races in 2014 and achieved PRs in all distances except for the 10K, which I did not run in 2014. I also ran my first and second 1/2 marathon and my first 10 mile race. I did a race review for each race I did, but it was fun to go through all my races to date and note my best times in each distance.

 1 mile  7:03:05  1/1/14
 5K  26:04:7  6/12/14
 5 mile  45:17  6/15/14
 10K  57:24  10/14/13
 10 mile  1:37:03  8/30/14
 1/2 marathon  2:10:03  10/5/14

2015 brings with it many exciting things, such a new training journal, working with a running coach, and challenging new and different races.  My running goals are: stay healthy, run more new races and less repeat races, run an inaugural race, run a 2:00 half-marathon, do strength training 2x/week, and run my 1st marathon [scary thought!]. 



So far so good. I enrolled in a group strength training class which meets Mondays and Wednesdays and goes for 7 weeks. I have also registered for my first inaugural race – 1st Annual Skirt Chaser 7k – which also meets my goal of running a new race.  Finally, on 2/14/15, I will meet with my new running coach – to discuss 1/2 marathon training plans and general running goals.

 I have registered for 5 races in the first 6 months and think I will stop at that for now. I am also in the process of finding the perfect pair of new running sneakers. This has been a process, with multiple returns [2 Saucony and 1 New Balance] and purchases. I now have 2 pairs of New Balance [ 770v4 and RC1400], which I am trying with different inserts and socks on the treadmill before committing to keeping one or both.

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One last goal: blog more and not just about races. I guess this post is a good start. 🙂