Throughout the month of December (running behind, I know), I’ll be participating in #reverb13: Reverb is a way to reflect on the past year and project into the next year with a prompt a day for 31 days.
Day 23 – The race set out for you
Tell us about how you’ve been running along in 2013 and the race(s) you intend to run in 2014. These can be literal races or just the road of life. What did your path look like this year, and are you choosing the same for 2014?
Well, what a surprise, I'm going to take this question literally to think about my road races.
2013 yielded a few PRs for me -- 10k, 10 mile, half-marathon and marathon. While the year didn't feel all that impressive to me, primarily because I was more focused on my marathon goal time than a PR (and I missed that goal time), in reality, those are 3 pretty strong PRs (and one lame-o one, only my second 10 mile race ever!). Along with those PRs, I ran about a dozen races total -- two marathons, and three halves that come to mind (there might have been a fourth?). I really should be very excited with the way that 2013 shook out.
The path in 2014 will be similar I think. But it's very unlikely I'll have those kind of PRs in 2014.
Something has happened to me in the last few weeks. I've gained weight -- like a lot (more than 5% of my body weight). And I've slowed down -- like a lot. I ran two good treadmill runs right before Christmas, and then I was just out of steam. The top of my foot hurt. I've come down with some kind of cold or virus right now. I'm unmotivated. And oh yeah, I have a marathon this weekend.
I ran a 22 mile long run and it was the slowest I've done in more than 5 years I think. It was miserable. And pretty much all my runs lately have been like that. I just can't seem to find any zip. I just plod along. In reality, I guess I need a little break.
So I've worked to set up a plan for 2014 that will hopefully get me back into my groove. I'm going to do some half-marathon training until May. Hopefully that will help with some shorter distance PRs. I'd like to see a solid 15k time happen. And I need a new 5 mile PR.
Then in May, I think I'll do marathon training again -- I am pretty sure my goal race is going to be in Milwaukee in early October. I will wait to see how training goes, but I may take another shot at my dream marathon time, which would be a PR of about 9 minutes now. And I'd love to do that before I turn 40, which is going to happen soon! (Not 2014, but soon!)
I chose that race primarily because I have family in the area and the date works well on the calendar. What I think we'll do is go to Milwaukee for the race, come home, work a few more days, then head to India and our other planned exotic destinations in the middle of the following week.
So I'd like to see 2014 go down on the books with 2 marathons, 2 half-marathons, and about 5-10 other races, including my streak 5k and 8 mile races.