TOLT & Goals for 2015, An Update Report


So how did I do on my 15 goals for this year??

1. Do not get injured.

No major injuries just some nagging foot issues early in the year.



2. Run 3-4 times a week ALL YEAR.

Yes, I ran mostly 3 times a week after work (only occasionally before) and once longer on the weekends.



2x before work

before work in the warmer weather


at the Crossings



3. Continue fitting in tennis and/or yoga once a week.

I played tennis once a week indoors (except in the summer when I  played outside and it seem to rain often on Tuesdays.) I didn’t do much yoga until recently when I went a class 2x in November and 2x in December



4. Do some upper body exercises.

I’ve done planks every now and then.  Not often enough.  I rarely went to the gym.


went a few times in July

5. Finish all of my races under 10 minutes per mile (except half marathons)
Yes, I finished almost all of my shorter races under 10m/m except for a 15k, a 10 miler and one 5k.

Cherry Blossom 5k – 8:59
Bacon Hill 5K – 9:00
Apple Run 5k – 9:01
Winter Wonderland 5k – 9:05
Delmar Dash 5m – 9:09
Dash to the Finish 5k – 9:10
Malta 5k – 9:11
Team Sarcoma 5k – 9:12
Silks n Satins 5k – 9:13
Shamrock Shuffle 5m – 9:17
Runnin’ of the Green 4m – 9:21
Spring Run Off 10k – 9:22
Polar Cap 4m – 9:24
Albany Law Day 5k – 9:25
Mastodon Challenge 5k – 9:25
Freihofer Run for Women 5k – 9:27
Betar Byway 5k – 9:28
ARC Challenge 5k – 9:28
Care 4 Kids 5k – 9:28
Betar Byway 5k – 9:28
Great Pumpkin Challenge 10K – 9:32
Troy Turkey Trot 10K – 9:34
Albany Last Run 5k – 9:37
Helper’s Fund 10K – 9:40
Stockade-athon 15K – 9:44
Trout 10K – 9:45
Mother’s Day 5K – 9:45
HMRRC Winter Series #3 10K – 9:48
West Palm HM – 9:52
Turkey Trot 5k – 10:08
HMRRC Winter Series #4 – 15K – 10:08
HMRRC Winter Series #5 – 10m – 10:16
Hangover Half – 10:29
Asbury Park HM – 10:37
RNR Brooklyn HM – 11:03
VCM Relay  – 11:05
Walkway HM – 11:08

EAU Palm Beach HM – 11:21

6. Run at least one race per month and at least 20 for the year.
Yes. I ran 38 races this year, the most since I started running
January – 4
February – 2
March – 3
April – 3
May – 6
June – 2
July -2
August – 3
September – 2
October – 4
November – 4
December – 3

7. Run a race in another state.

Yes. I ran in Florida twice, (almost California), New Jersey and Vermont.

West Palm Beach Half in FL


Asbury Park Half in NJ


VCM Relay in VT


EAU Palm Beach Half in Fla.

8. Run in NYC.
Yes!! And I crossed the NYC Marathon finish line.


Dash to the Finish 5K

9. Get several Age Group awards.

Yes. I won 15 AG awards – one of the perks of being OLD. My favorite bling was the bridge & the pie.

10. PR in a half marathon.

Yes. This was the hardest and the most rewarding!!!!


West Palm Beach Half – 2:09:40

11. PR at another distance.

Yes. I had my fastest times for 4 mile, 5 mile and 15K.


Runnin’ of the Green 4m – 37:27


Delmar Dash 5m – 45:26


Stockadeathon 15k – 1:31:35

12. Join a running group or two.

Yes. I participated in the Freihofer Training Challenge and the Troy Turkey Trot Challenge.  I enjoyed training with the other runners in both.


13. Volunteer.

Yes. I was a course marshall at the frigid HMRRC Winter Series Marathon. I was a GOTR running buddy in the spring & I coached a runner in the STEM program in the fall. Running has given me so much.  It is important to give back.



14. Run over 900 miles.

Yes! This year I ran 969  miles – the most I’ve ever run. Maybe next year, it’ll be 1000??


15. Continue to blog almost everyday.
Yes. I enjoy sharing my running adventures and love my virtual running friends.

thinking out loud

Since today is Thursday, I’m linking up with Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday.

Happy Running! Did you set goals for this year? If so, how did you do? What are thinking about today?


13 thoughts on “TOLT & Goals for 2015, An Update Report

    • 3 out of 5 is good – it depends on how high you set the bar. My goals were pretty attainable – 13.5 out of 15. But I’m done with goals. I don’t think I need them. Especially since I don’t look at my yearly goals until the end of the year.

      AG awards depend on the race and who your competition is. I’ve won nothing with some of my fastest times.


      • One of mine was a weight goals, which I didn’t reach — I came close, but no cigar. Another was to keep up my running journal which I mostly did — much better than in years past, anyway!

        Injury free, of course, and I mostly did that. At least I ended the year that way!

        I’m not going to do a weight one this year, or not a number, anyway. And some of those will be repeats. Still pondering — it’s time to start writing in the new running journal!

        Have a happy new year!


  1. Holy.snap! Way to crush those goals, Darlene! And what an amazing year of running for you as well! I’m really hoping to up my running game in 2016 as well, and most of it involves pushing myself out of my comfort zone and trying to get faster and go longer.

    Happy New Year’s!


  2. Wow, you did a lot of running and look at all those accomplishments ! Doesn’t it feel great ? Happy running in 2016 !


  3. Wow, Darlene you had a fantastic year. My goals for 2015 were of course finishing the Boston Marathon, but also PR’ing the half marathon and placing at the Disney races. I managed to complete all the goals, but I had my ups and downs with my calf problem over the summer keeping me out of running for nearly 5 weeks. I am starting strength training after my Disney marathon next week and hope that will give me more energy to finish stronger at road races!


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