2014 Running Goals Evaluation

This year was an interesting change of pace for me as a runner. I chose roads over trails most of the time, and did not run anything longer than 25k (16.5 miles). I averaged 21 miles per week, and ran mostly for the love of it. I blogged less, and focused on planning my wedding more. I learned what it was like to run fast again. I recovered from burnout due to an ultramarathon focused 2013.

As much as this feels like an off year, giving my body and mind a break from running and ultras, I cannot forget that I did actually achieve (most of) the goals I set just one year ago.

1) Run short and fast trail races - ACCOMPLISHED

I ran the Ugly Mudder 6.2 miler in January, the Tyler Trail 10k in April, the Dirty German 25k in May, and the Dirty Bird 15k in November. I had a great time at every race, and while I can't say they were all fast, I was very happy to place 2nd in my age group at the Tyler 10k this year.

Creek crossing at the Tyler 10k

2) Run my first timed 5k - ACCOMPLISHED

I ran my first road 5k at the Hangover 5k on January 1st, crossing the line in 23:27 and winning 2nd in my age group. I ran my second 5k in April and PRed with a 22:47, which was good enough to place 3rd woman overall. It turns out I'm not that bad at running 5k's but they are still not my favorite distance.

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Placing 3rd woman at the Healthy Trails 5k

3) Set 10k PRs (sub 53:00 road, sub 55:06 trail) - ACCOMPLISHED

In March, I ran the NERRC Winter 10k (road) and crushed my old PR by more than 4 minutes with a 48:37. At the Tyler Trail 10k this year, I ran a PR of 54:29, which was extremely difficult since I wasn't training on trails much earlier this year. I am really proud of my results at these races, and still consider the 10k to be one of my favorite distances.

After setting a new 10k PR at the NERRC Winter 10k

4) Set a 10 Mile PR (sub 1:25:49) - ACCOMPLISHED

If I had to pick a race I was most proud of this year, it would have to be the Broad Street Run 10 Miler. Last time I ran Broad Street in 2011, I barely squeaked under 1:30. This year, I ran my heart out and crushed my old PR by 5:33, finishing in 1:20:16. I won't return to run Broad Street in 2015, but since it's Philly's biggest race, I'm sure I'll run it again sometime soon.

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"Unofficial" 10 mile PR at Broad Street

5) Set a 13.1 PR (sub 1:50:38) - ACCOMPLISHED

At the Love Run Half Marathon in March, I finally set a new road half marathon PR of 1:48:14. This was something I needed to prove to myself over the last few years, since I hadn't run a road half since 2010. I needed to show myself that even though I've gotten older and my body has changed, I could still run faster than before. Though I still hate road 13.1s and won't be signing up for any in the near future, I am extremely proud of myself for finally putting this one to rest.

PRing in the pouring rain at the Love Run

6) Strength train 2x per week - NOPE

I didn't even strength train once per week. I hate lifting weights. It's really difficult for me to exercise in ways I don't enjoy. So, I will reassess my strength goals for 2015 and make them very specific to the races I am training for.

While I am extremely proud of accomplishing almost every goal I set for 2014, one of my favorite running moments of 2014 wasn't even on my list of goals:

Ragnar Cape Cod with Team #flockyoulikeahurricane!

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Ragnar Cape Cod. Photo Cred: @capecodrunner

Ragnar Cape Cod was one of the best running experiences I've ever had. While I love running trails and running by myself most of the time, Ragnar was unlike any other race I've ever run. I had heard how much fun and excitement could happen at Ragnar races, but I did not realize the bonds and friendships that would come out of it. I cannot wait to run another one in the future!

That about sums up 2014, in my running life at least. I am so excited for 2015 and for all the amazing things that are coming next year!

2 thoughts on “2014 Running Goals Evaluation

  1. Congrats on a great year! Every year we have different focuses as runners and I think that makes us better overall!

    Have you tried group strength classes like reformer Pilates, barre or les mils? The only way I like to strength train is in a class or watching a home video (p90x).
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  2. Danielle @ Trails & Cocktails

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    Thanks for the comment, Nicole (I somehow just saw this). Those are all great suggestions...I just need to make myself do it! I think solid core work is my biggest strength goal for 2015, and any of those options would be great.


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