Wednesday, December 30, 2015

2015 Review and 2016 Goals

2015 was by far one of my best running years ever. I set some really big goals for myself and in the process I learned so much about myself!

Let's start by recapping 2015, shall we?

Miles: 1,330.4
Races: 21
PRs: Six (15K, 10 Miler, Five Miler, Seven Miler, 6.6K, Half Marathon)
New Distances: Four (15K, 10 Miler, Five Miler, Seven Miler)
Pairs of Shoes Retired: Five
States I Ran In: Seven (Louisiana, Pa., Washington DC, California, West Virginia, Ohio, Florida)
Hardest Race of 2015: Rock n Roll NOLA Marathon
Favorite Race of 2015: Buffalo Creek Half Marathon and Tinkerbell 10K

I had three goals for myself, and they were pretty straight forward. 

1. 1,200 Miles. I hit the 1,200 mile mark on December 6. I would have hit it earlier but I took a pretty nice break at the end of October. This means for 2015 I averaged over 100 miles a month. My lowest mileage month was May with 67.4 miles and highest was December with 160 miles. In total, if nothing goes crazy, I will end 2015 with 1,330.4 miles. My highest mileage ever.

2. Half Marathon PR. When I realized that my 2012 half marathon PR (1:51:58) would no longer be good to submit for races I knew I had to do it. The closest I had gotten to it from 2013-2014 was 1:57 and that was just an awful race. My main goal for 2015 was to break that PR. My plan was to run six half marathons in 2015 and to have the Akron Half Marathon be my goal race.

My first half this year was Rock n Roll DC and I ran it in a 1:57. Then at Tink and Deckers Creek I ran a 1:53. I knew I had a shot. Well, in Akron I had another terrible race but squeaked out a 43 second PR, but it was still a 1:51. Luckily my coach told me to give Buffalo Creek a try three weeks later. Thank goodness he did. I set a nine minute half marathon PR and I can now say my PR is 1:42! I dropped 15 minutes off of my half marathon time in 2015!

Oh, and if Wine and Dine wouldn't have been shorted, I would have done six half marathons this year. 

3. Cross Train/Strength. This year I actually did it. I started incorporating strength into my training. I got myself an adjustable kettle bell and really like using it. It is worked into my training once a week to do so, and I try very hard to get it done. Sometime I lose motivation for it, so I end up doing push ups or stretch a little bit more. It's something I am proud to say I'm working on. 

2016 is a weird year for me, goal wise. To be honest, I really don't have any big goals. None. In 2016 I want to just run. I have no mileage goal for 2016. I think that Deckers Creek may be my goal race for 2016. Just depends on weather and how I am feeling. I will start marathon training for Akron right after the race so it seems like a good measuring stick. 

I just put so much focus on that half marathon PR that I need to take some time to just do some work. I want to be that person who can sign up for a half marathon and have a consistent time. I also want to have fun. I want to go to these races with my friends and have a blast. 2016 seems like a great year to do so!

Here's to closing out 2015 on a great note and cheers to 2016! I wish you all a safe an happy new year! See you in 2016!

What are your 2016 goals? Anything big? Anything scary?


  1. You crushed 2015. I hope your 16 is even better for you.

  2. What an awesome year you had. That half PR is still amazing to me. I'm so proud of you! Can't wait to see what happens in 2016.

    1. Thanks C! Hopefully I proved that anything is possible!

  3. Great year you had! I'm so glad that I got to meet you this year :) You're such an inspiration to all of us!

    1. Thank you so much Gretchen! You are too sweet. I am so happy we have become friends this year!