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My Topic this week is: My Assessment of 2018
I’m a teacher at heart. (once a teacher, always a teacher.)
And you can’t grow in the future unless you assess the past.
Yes, it was a good year meaning lots of bling, miles and races. You’ve seen my pictures but do they really tell the story?
Here’s my story:
1. I ran 894.5 miles.
I didn’t have a goal of 1000 miles but it was a number than I wanted to meet and I have the past two years.
2017 – 1041.5 miles
2016 – 1046 miles
2015 – 969 miles
2014 – 911 miles
Why did my mileage drop?
I am happy to report that it was not because of an injury. Everything felt fine all year and I never stretched, taped or used a foam roller.
I did not train hard for any race. I shortened or skipped runs and long runs. Those miles add up.
I do not think any of my race times suffered. It’s just a number anyway.
2. I ran 30 races. 13 were 5k races. Ten were new races. Four of the new ones were half marathons (& one 20k).
Again fewer than previous years. I have run 40 or close to it in the past.
But it was a conscious choice not because I was injured.
I’m a social runner and racing to me is a way to run and meet up with other runners. But with the ability to run with runner friends on the weekends, I didn’t feel the need to sign up for as many races.
The ones I did run, I enjoyed and I always try to run different races each year. These tended to be halfs but at least 2 others were new local ones.
I ran 6 halfs in 2017, and 7 in 2016 and 2015. If you count the Paris 20k then I was close this year (with 5), as well.
3. I continued to win my age group in most of the races I entered.
This happens when you are in an old lady’s age group. But still, it makes me happy. I am most proud of winning in longer races such as RnR Montreal Half, Brew 2 Brew Half, Pelham Half and in NYC races (Brooklyn Speed Series 5ks, Ice Cream Social 5k, Governor’s Is 5k and Poland Spring 5m)
4. Although I did have THREE PRs (5k. 5m, 15k), more important were the COURSE PRs.
I know I am slowing down. I’m not sure how much or how often. It just feels harder every time I go out there.
But I had many course PRs at races that I have run multiple times – Cherry Blossom 5k, Freihofers 5k, Stockade-athon 15k, Bacon Hill 5k, Summer Smith 5k, Delmar Dash, Shamrock Shuffle, among others.
5. My Finish times were for the most part consistent (at least for the shorter distances).
Considering my lack of training, (I run but don’t follow a plan per se nor do I do any speed drills), I did ok.
I didn’t break any speed records. But I finished 9 of my 5ks under 28 minutes. That elusive sub 27 still stands (and may stand forever.)
My half times were:
Brew 2 Brew -2:19:56
Not close to my PR (2:06:52) but the important time (under 2:12:00) was Brooklyn which qualified me for NYC Half and NYC Marathon.
So my assessment for 2018 is:
Healthy Miles, Quality and Successful Racing, Consistency
NEEDS TO WORK ON:
Goals, Strength Training, Speed, Leaving my Comfort Zone
Stay turned for next week when I’ll look ahead to 2019.
Happy Running! Do you assess your year of running? If so, how did you do?