I think 2016 spoiled me. Having a year without a goal made signing up for races easy. Since time didn't matter, I could run whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. I ran nine half marathons in 2016. Almost double my lifetime total! Only four of them were sub-2, well, one was two hours on the dot.
In the same respect, I think 2016 also set me back a little. Don't get me wrong, I had an incredible year! I traveled to a bunch of new places, made some amazing friends and creating memories I will hold forever. But coming off a great 2015 racing year I feel like I threw that all away.
I busted my butt for 16 weeks in the summer of 2015 to set not once but three PRs in four weeks (half marathon twice and a 6.6k). Luckily when I registered for Princess I could use my half PR as my proof of time. Guess what ladies and gentlemen, that's all gone now.
As I'm trying to decide on a spring race, none of my fall 2015 races will be accepted for proof of time. Longer races won't care about my 5k PR I set in June. I would have to use a 1:56 I ran in Chicago.
I'm sure this sounds like a totally superficial problem, but it really isn't to me. I know I am a better runner than that. I've proved it. I'm kicking myself that I didn't realize it the entire year and didn't give one race a little harder of a try.
But that is in the past. I need to focus my energy to get back to where I was. After two weeks off of running to take care of some nagging aches and pains, I'm back to training. I have a training plan and it is going to kick my butt. I'm a bundle of nerves over this, but mostly excited.
The goal for 2017 is to build the base I need to have a really great race in Disney in 2018. Plus finding myself again in the process. I need to see if I really am a sub-1:50 half marathoner or content with being a two hour one. There is so much searching to be done, and a ton of miles to get it done.
First things first, I need to finish my spring race schedule.
How do you feel looking back on 2016? Anything you wish you did differently?