"Running" Resolutions for 2013:
1. Get down to 150 lbsI didn't really need to get down to 150 lbs. The lowest I weighed was 155, which was quite lean. I miss fitting into the really skinny jeans, but have to admit I think I run stronger and farther at 160. Of course, right now I'm at 170... So maybe that could change.
2. Run a half marathon
3. Run a full marathon
4. Train more on roads
5. Go barefoot
I did run a half marathon in 2013, and a full marathon. That was pretty cool. 5/12/13 I ran the Providence Half Marathon, and 10/20/13 was the year I ran the Baystate Marathon. I had such a blast in those races. I'll remember them forever.
Number 4 was about the fact that I had done so much training on treadmills. I really wanted to get out and see some new stuff on the roads! I've since become a road and trail-exclusive runner. I really don't care for the treadmill much these days.
Lastly, I really wanted to be a barefoot runner. I still do, as a matter of fact, but I've allowed the barefoot days to be few and far between in the interest of keeping my mileage up. To really go barefoot, I would need to slow down a lot, run a lot easier, and for shorter miles. In the years since setting this goal I've worked up to about three milers barefoot, with an average pace in the mid-9s. That isn't bad, but if I can race faster in a glove, then I choose to do that more of the time. Who knows, though, maybe I should set a goal to race barefoot this year, time be damned.
Resolutions for 2014:
1. Swim in the Atlantic Ocean once every month
2. Sub-20 5k
3. 1:30 HM
4. More barefoot running.
5. Trail Running
6. 3:20 M
7. Maintain 150 lbs for the year
8. Vegan for two months of the year (non-consecutive)
9. Run a trail race
10. Run the Hat Trick @ Heartbreak Hill
#1 came about because I had done the polar bear plunge two years in a row. I also live within a twenty minute drive of the Atlantic, and I consider it silly that I see it as infrequently as I do. I'd still like to do this goal, although I have no idea how I'll set up the time for it with the child running around. Priorities, people. I'm not afraid of the cold, either. I checked the water temps back in 2014, and they weren't worse in February or March than they were in January. I just couldn't find the time to get to the water and jump in during those months...
I still really want to run a sub-20 5k. I don't know when that will happen, but I leave it up on the list as a goal, just as I do with the 1:30 HM. Those are real reach goals, but maybe some day I'll be able to achieve them.
I also like to keep my focus on the barefooting, and trail running. Back in 2013 I ran my first trail race, the Leadville 10k, and I absolutely loved it. I haven't had much more opportunity for trail races out here, but in 2015 I did do quite a bit more hiking, which was so much fun.
#7 didn't happen, for the reasons listed above.
#10 was an event that Runner's World put on in Newton, MA in 2014. It was a three race weekend, with a 5k, 10k and Half-Marathon. The event was a lot of fun, but sadly didn't return in 2015. I have a lot of fun stories from that weekend, and I would love for them to bring it back so I can revisit the fun of the event.
Resolutions for 2015:
- Run two marathons
- PR the Half Marathon
- Sub-20 5k
- 45-minute 10k
- Everest over the course of 1 year (29,029 ft. of climbing)
I didn't achieve #1 because I had injured myself in training for the Providence Marathon last year. I really wanted to run it, and I think the most realistic way for me to achieve that goal currently is to run a spring marathon and then a fall marathon. I'm not really sure how I would achieve the goal otherwise.
I didn't PR the Half Marathon this year, either, although I came within spitting distance of my PR at the Jamestown HM. With a 1:40:16 I didn't PR on that race -- but I was still really happy with it time be damned. It was a good effort and it was proof that I was ready for the Baystate Marathon a month later.
Still no sub-20 5k, and I didn't even race a 10k in 2015. I have technically covered 6.2 in that amount of time, by the way, but in a longer race, so I don't count it. Maybe 2016 will be the year of the 10k? We shall see...
Everest-ing was a goal I made because I've been interested in increasing my climbing skills, especially as I learn more about Big Sur. I actually managed to climb 45,095 ft. in 2015, so if I set an elevation goal again I feel like I could set a pretty ambitious one.
Lastly, you're reading #6 now.
I have to take some time and think about my 2016 resolutions now. I'll do a part 2 post pertaining to them, perhaps next week. With regards to running: I'm trying some new things this year in hopes to spur me to really decide what I want out of running. The goal can't always be faster, I also need to think about going farther, and maintaining good form.
I'm sure I'll have some blog related goals, and some parenting goals. I need to learn a lot more about parenting, and I think part of that will be doing a lot of reading and interacting with other dads. I want to keep using the resolutions to build on my ability as an athlete, but also branch that ambition into other areas of my life.