Yes, I know that there are still four days in 2016 but I declare that it is over. I do not plan to achieve any more running goals in the next 4 days so I sit here to evaluate the year.
At the beginning of January I jotted down a few running goals. I like my goals to be measurable and achievable. In hindsight I realize that some of my Time goals were too aggressive, especially as I changed my focus from Speed to Distance early in the year. This is how it went.
1k: Previous best was 5:45. Goal was 5:30, finished with 5:16. Score!
1 mile: Previous best 9:50, goal 9.00. Finished with 9:02. So close!
5k. – Going into 2016 my best 5k time was 30:04. I knew I could easily make a sub-30 so I challenged myself with a goal of 29:00. I managed 29:02. Twenty Nine Point Freaking Two! But I can’t be disappointed with that result as I really didn’t put the effort into Speed Training.
10k – 2015 best time was 1:06 .. something. My goal of sub 60 was too lofty but it remains a long term goal. Fastest 10k in 2016 was 1:03:43. I’ll take it.
Half Marathon : Previous goal was 2:29:33. I really wanted to get 2:20 but ended with 2:24:46. It is still an impressive PR.
Marathon: Well, this is interesting. I didn’t even have a goal for a Marathon but I did one anyway.
Another goal was to run 100 miles every month, with at least one run of 21.1k every month. This goal was within reach. I completed the HM distance every month but in October my monthly total was only 98.96 miles. If I wasn’t feeling so lazy on Oct 31 I would have gone out to run 1.04 miles but I can’t change it now, can I? This was a fun goal and I will probably repeat it for 2017.
My Distance Goal for 2016 was 2016 km. Currently at 2050, so I over achieved there.
Summary: 2016 was a good year for running. In hindsight I realize that some of my goals were not realistic but I am happy with the progress that was made. I credit the cross training with the many PR’s that I have accomplished this year. ( Strava tells me that I have 37 PR’s this year)
2016 was a year of discovery for me as I learned that running is not about numbers and bling.. it is about being in tune with your body and soul, and finding peace. I wish everyone a blessed New Year.
Oh yeah. I ran every day in 2016 and don’t expect to quit any day soon.