2016 was all about improving and beating my old times and distances. Sometimes I succeeded and sometime I failed in epic fashion.
So now it's time for new goals for 2017
Run a Tough Mudder- So I'm signed up with friends for the VA race in June. I've been training with a trainer since November. Will I be ready? I have no idea. But I plan on having as much fun as humanly possible.
More Trail Running!- this will always be a goal. I love to run trails, but I sometimes get distracted by road races. I want to really focus on the type of running I love and spend more time out on the trails.
Stop running long distance- this is a weird goal, I know. Usually goals are about doing something, but I've learned over the last year that I am no longer built for long distance. My arthritis just doesn't like it. My joints hurt and recovery takes days, sometimes weeks. I can go 13.1 without getting tired, when I was pulled at MCM at 18 I was still feeling pretty good in terms of being in shape- but my joints and my old injuries (hello Achilles) come back to haunt me after about 11 or so miles and it begins to take the fun out of it. It should be fun. So, my goal is to stop getting talked into long distance races and instead focus on doing some shorter races that will allow me to really enjoy the experience!
A quick recap of 2016:
PR the marathon- This was my biggest fail of the year in terms of meeting the goal. Not only did I not PR, I didn't even finish. At mile 18 my leg gave up and I was pulled with an injured achilles (no tear though!). While I didn't finish the race, I still had a blast in DC and I learned that I shouldn't be running marathons anymore.
Add some trail miles- This was a win! I completed the ECSNY again and I also ran a few races in the Finger Lakes Running Club Trail series. On top of that I took off on the trails in several states and had a ton of awesome adventures.
Do a new race- Success! I ran the Star Wars half marathon and had an amazing time. Not only did I run well, I also had a blast taking amazing pictures with awesome friends!
Run a relay- Success! I ran the Seneca 7 and I had such an amazing time. I ran really well, crushing my predicted time on a few legs and had a blast driving all around Seneca Lake with my team.
Make it to Lake Solitude- Fail! I didn't even attempt Lake Solitude in the Tetons this year. The trip just didn't allow for it this time. I did however run up Mount Washburn which was an awesome experience. I made some new friends on the way and had a great view from the top!