I’ll start this off by saying it was a tough year this year. I ran in only two races:
- The Park-to-Park Half-Marathon in April
- ComfortCare Stride for Life 5K in May
The Park to Park was strange because in late April we had sleet. Most people speak positively about Personal Records and the April race was a personal record in a bad way. It was the slowest half-marathon time I ever recorded. Part of that I blame on the lousy weather we had in the weeks leading up to the race. The other is that I gained some Thanksgiving and Christmas pounds that I never took off.
The Stride for Life was a little different, while it wasn’t my fastest 5K, it was far from my slowest 5k ever. I finished at under an 8 min/mile pace and finished third in my age division.
It was a tough year and a bit injury-ridden. Just as I was really starting to pull it all together late this fall, I pulled a hamstring. I just may have completed over 900 miles for the year, if I hadn’t got injured. I thought I would put together a little chart that shows my last 6 years in running. The first year, you will see is really short on mileage, because I didn’t start running until September.
As you can see this was my worst year mileage wise since 2010. My goal for this year is to run somewhere between 1,100 and 1,300 miles. The low end will require 100 miles a month while the high end will require around 110 miles a month. I think it is a doable goal as long as I don’t injure myself. It is going to require perseverance because I have to get runs in when I am not working at Chick-fil-A. I’d also like to get those pounds off that I accumulated last year.
As you may have guessed I will keep you posted. Pressing On!