Today seems like the perfect throwback Thursday and combination of a thinking out loud post. I was going for an early morning run yesterday and caught myself thinking about how my running has progressed in the last year.
One year ago, I had just completed my first marathon and had just moved to New Jersey (on a side note, if you’ve never had your catalytic converter go bad on a road trip…I ended up preying to the high heavens I would make it over the Delaware Memorial Bridge. My trip ended with driving my car in 2nd gear on the turnpike)…anyways now that I’ve given you that visual, on to the actual post.
This time last year I was recovering from my first (and so far only) marathon. I really enjoyed NYCM. I enjoyed waking up at 3:30, freezing my runderwear off and side fiving everyone. I enjoyed dry heaving to the finish line and staring into the twilight zone for a few hours afterwords. However post marathon my running has not exactly been awesome.
Here is a short timeline:
I took two weeks completely off of running. I did some light stretching, a few elliptical sessions (when I felt like it) but no running.
Three weeks later, I begin running again. A week later I pulled my knee and took a few more weeks off. I don’t remember exactly why but I mentally had no motivation and thought running wasn’t fun. I think it related with how cold last December was. In my opinion, life is to short to do workout activities that don’t interest you.
I remember being miserable in this 10 mile race because of the cold rain. It was so cold, I wore shorts..it was hard to recognize myself in race photos! It was still fun though.
Finally in January I vowed to run again. I ran a 5k and had a painful race. I think I might have dry heaved for two days after. It was the kick in the runderwear I needed to begin training again.
I bounced around that winter between races and training. I had some great races at random distances like a 14k. After some solid training, I debuted my first 2014 half marathon (my first serious race since NY). I won the Lake Effect Half Marathon and raised 2500 dollars for Ophelia’s Place. It was just a great day. It gave my confidence and motivation in several aspects of life, not just running.
Then on March 17, I ran the Shamrock half with the Oiselle team. I nearly vomited the last quarter mile but ran one second faster than the Lake effect half marathon. In summary, I felt ten fold worse but ran one second faster on a harder course.
I finally crushed my half marathon PR with a surprise at the April Fools half in Atlantic City. It has been my only PR all year. (That wasn’t the only April Fools surprise I received). That week I ran my only PR and got engaged…You could say it has been the highlight of 2014.
After bouncing around running races just for speed work with no goals, I ran Broad Street 10 miler in May. This was the last race I can say I’m happy with.
After BS (LOL), I took a couple of weeks off to prepare to train for a fall marathon. Then in June, I began training for my actual goal race. I was having good (not awesome but not terrible) training runs. It was hot and gross but I ran through.
After training for two solid months, I got a case of plantar fasciitis. It was never officially diagnosed but with a cortisone shot, two deep tissue massages, lower mileage and rest it seemed to clear up. I began running injury free again.
Less than a month later, I woke up with a bruised and swollen foot. It was later determined as a stress fracture. Within five minutes of waking up, I knew my fall marathon goals were done. I knew I probably needed a break from working out, running and athletics in general.
So here I am two months later beginning to run injury free again. In the last year, I have run about 7 of those months. Out of those seven months, I’ve had about 3 good months of training. I’ve had one PR and a bunch of solid races (as well as a few bad ones).
This hasn’t been a great year (running wise) since moving to Jersey but it hasn’t really been terrible of either. I never quite felt like I was at the peak of my fitness. In 2013, I felt I was in much better shape and my PRs reflect that.
Something important to myself (not necessarily my training) but that I will no longer be racing for Oiselle. I am not a member of violee anymore or a member of the flock. I am still great friends with many of the woman and I will obviously support them but for me this was the best choice.
As I sit here beginning to train again, I have decided the flaw in my training was inconsistency. Does getting a coach mean I’ll be more consistent? Does actually writing out a plan (versus winging it) mean I’ll be more consistent?
I don’t really know the answers to those questions. I do know that I need to actually begin planning runs. I can’t wing marathon training because that will result in injury as well as burnout. I don’t really know where the next year will take me. I have a lot of goals and things I want to do. All of them will take more planning than last year. For now, I’ll continue recovering from my injury and trying to figure that out.
Question for you:
Do you have any specific goals for 2015?
What has been your most memorable (so far) moment of 2014?