I hate writing posts like this because it seems like I’m bragging about myself, but if you would have said to me in 2014 that I would be able to run a half marathon in under two hours, I would have laughed at you. I am, for lack of a better descriptive word, amazed at how far I have come and excited to see where I can take it.
Who knows, maybe one day I’ll BQ. For now, I’m going to spend 2017 working on one distance at a time, greatly reduce the number of races that I do, and work on running in different weather conditions, especially heat, during training.
Here are three things I did different from 2015 to 2016 that helped me achieve my personal records:
- Running Coach
- I knew the Hatfield McCoy Marathon was going to be tough. I wasn’t able to prepare for the 90 degree temperatures as well as I could have, but, with the help of a running coach, I was more prepared for the miles and recovered quickly. I had accountability on my side, and, most importantly, a structured training plan had me doing different types of speed workouts. Sometimes it’s not about the miles but about the variety of workouts you are doing as well.
- Figuring Out Fuel
- On race day, a runner can be presented with many unexpected issues. My bad running habits have all boiled down to fueling. At the beginning of the year, during my training runs for Hatfield, I would purposefully go 13-14 miles without water or food. Why? I was too lazy bring any with me. That bit me in the ass in plenty of races, when I was actually pushing myself. After an electrolyte imbalance at the Run with Scissors trail half in October brought me to this realization, I came back prepared and PR’d the hell out of my Conquer the Castle 25K in November. Looking forward, I now will not be stubborn about it.
- More Miles
- I’ve only been running on a regular basis (three or more days per week) since 2015. I haven’t participated in organized sports since I was 12, and I never made it gym until I made a conscious decision about getting healthy. From 2015 to 2016, I’ve increased my mileage around 70 percent for the total year.
Since I spent this past year finding out more about the sport and learning new workouts, I really look forward to improving my speed and facing new challenges with trail running. So, here are my time goals for 2017:
You can see a list of my upcoming races for the next year here: http://ohiotrailrunning.com/races/
My 2016 Personal Records (PRs):
Zucchini Run in July 2016
23:32 (down from 24:32 in 2015)
2nd Overall Female
Johnnycake Jog in July 2016
43:00 (down from 45:39 in 2015)
Lake Erie Storm Spring 10K Trail Run in April 2016
54:32 (down from 55:54 in 2015)
Athens Ohio Half Marathon in April 2016
1:54 (down from 2:02 in 2016)
Conquer the Castle in November 2016
2:53 (down from 4:37 in 2015)
Hatfield McCoy Marathon
5:17 (down from 5:24 in 2015)
What are your goals for 2017? Post your comments here!