Saturday, December 21, 2013

Mission: Accomplished

remember telling my husband near the end of 2012 about my crazy running plans for 2013. All of which seemed quite a far reach since I had only really started my return to running earlier that year. These were my three goals:

1. Run a marathon.
2. Run two half marathons
3. Run 1,000 miles. 

I was already signed up for the full marathon by then and knew the two half races I wanted to do. Actually, it would have been three if my Rock and Roll race wasn't cancelled. 

The 1,000 miles though was something else. I could have achieved this goal in my first year. I ran 918 miles in 2012. When I finished the Philly half, I instantly had no drive or motivation. No idea why. I knew I had a full to train for, but I ended up really slacking in the final month of 2012. 

I made sure I started 2013 off really well. I was averaging just about 100 miles a month. Awesome this is going to be great! Then came the foot pain in early April. I knew I hurt something, but I didn't want to believe it. I was so close to my marathon goal that I wasn't going to let it stop me. Every downhill I did was so painful that I just wanted to cry.

I sucked it up, and finished that first marathon. Trust me, it was awful. The first 18 miles were great, but the last eight were so painful. They were all downhill. I'm sure this would have been awesome if it didn't hurt to go downhill. 

The bottom of my foot was black and blue and swollen so bad I couldn't fit it in a shoe. Went to the doctor and found out I had a pretty wicked bone bruise from training. 

The doctor told me to take a week off of any type of exercise and keep it elevated and iced. Great. I had scheduled my first half of the year about seven weeks after the full. Let's see how this goes. 

I had decided that I was going to attempt the Runners World run streak in the summer. Run at least a mile everyday from Memorial Day until the Fourth of July. 

This seemed like just the thing to keep me moving through this. During the streak I completed my second half marathon. It was the day before my 26th birthday. While I did this race I reflected back on the best year of my life, and I truly believe it. 25 was awesome! I finished the race in 2:03 and was super excited. I had a blast. 

I finished the streak on July 4th with a 5k and ending with 122 miles run. It was a great feeling.

July is notorious for being my awful month, and this year was no exception. After I finished the streak, I pretty much stopped. It was so hot and humid and zero motivation. 

I got back into it in August. I had to, I had the Runners World Half hat trick in two months. That's when the injury showed up, which you guys lived through with me. 

As the RW Half got closer, I started getting better and seeing my mileage come back. I felt confident in at least finishing all three races. I didn't plan on breaking PRs, just being able to say I did it. 

That weekend was easily the best running weekend I have had. (To read all about it check out my recap) I would do it again in a heartbeat. 

After I finished my second of three goals, it was time to focus on miles. I knew December was trick last year, so I started a December Run Challenge with some friends on Facebook and they really motivate me. I was not going to fall into the same trap again!

Then finally, it happened. Yesterday (12/20) I finished my final goal for the year. Six glorious miles to complete 1,000 miles in 2013. 

I was so relived. I knew it was going to be close, but I also knew I did it to myself. Even a day later, I feel lighter. More free. 

We have less than two weeks left in 2013, have you guys reached your goals? 

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