At the beginning of the year, I set some goals (not New Year’s resolutions–I don’t like thinking of them as that because they’re too easy to break) to accomplish in 2014.
It’s mid-September and we have only about 3-1/2 months left in the year. Let’s check in on those goals I set, shall we?
Track all of my miles.
Ha! I mean–really–ha! I started the year strong by joining Daily Mile, and I even installed a DM widget on my blog. See–I meant business! I wore my Garmin on practically every run, and even if I didn’t wear it in an attempt to be less Type A and more like a groovy runs-by-feel person, I would figure out the distance after the fact on Map My Run.
But sometime before the Newport Marathon I fell out of habit with Daily Mile. Maybe it was the nervous lead-up to the race, or the post-race injury and taking a few weeks off that made it happen, or maybe it was the post goal-race desire to not worry about pace for a while. Whatever it was, I stopped logging miles. And now I feel dumb and like it’s kind of pointless to return to it for the year after taking a couple of months off.
Run over 1,000 miles.
Again, ha! Between not tracking all of my miles and dealing with injury from June through August, this goal was pretty much abandoned. I logged 431 miles through mid-May. I have no idea how many miles I ran from that time through today. And I don’t think I can make up the remaining 569 between now and December 31.
Finally do speed work.
Okay, so I’m not a failure–I met this goal! My coach had me do mile repeats while training for the Newport Marathon, and those count as speed work, right? I’m not sure if I will do any track workouts between now and the end of the year; that depends on how my hip feels in December.
In January, I explained my belief that my lack of cross-training and strength-training in the past contributed a great deal to my IT band problem in 2013. My plan at the start of 2014 was to try cycling, boot camp, or Pilates.
So I joined a gym and tried spin… and didn’t like it. I tried the boot camp at my new gym… and it was just meh. I did, however, start a little love affair with TRX. I don’t know if TRX is really cross-training, as it seems more strength-focused, but I’ll claim it as cross-training because I get a cardio workout when I do it.
And did it help stave off injury? Well, if you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know I’ve battled a hip flexor strain the last couple of months. So I still got hurt, despite the cross-training. But I think my injury has more to do with the fact that I don’t do exercises specifically designed to strengthen my glute medius (a.k.a. the source of my hip instability, ITBS, and any other lower-body running-related problem I have).
Eat less meat.
I freaked out in January because of all of the food borne illnesses that had popped up in 2013. My goal was to eat mostly vegetarian meals and to eat only wild seafood and USDA Organic meat. Did I meet this goal? Kind of.
I buy raw chicken usually only if it’s organic. Sometimes, if I’m in a pinch, I’ll buy free-range chicken from a local grocery store I trust. I buy only organic beef. Seafood? Only the wild stuff–and that includes shrimp (because farmed shrimp are nasty with a capital N). But pork? A little hard to find organic pork, including bacon and sausage. And mostly vegetarian meals? Uh… We eat vegetarian dinners maybe 1-2 times per week.
Qualify for Boston and/or New York.
I identified this as my long shot goal and I did it! Well, qualified for the Boston Marathon, that is.
I didn’t qualify for the New York City Marathon and no longer want to attempt to do so in 2014. To qualify for the NYCM, I need to run a sub-1:37 half marathon. My plan at the start of the year was to race the Skagit Flats half in early September. And we all know what I was doing in early September: still nursing that hip back into shape. I won’t race any half marathons this year (I’m going to take it easy at the Portland and Seattle half-marathons), so this part of my goal isn’t doable.
I’ve accomplished basically half of the 6 goals I set for myself for 2015. I’ll go easy on myself (as I’m still sensitive from this Boston registration business) and say that this isn’t too shabby. And I think I have an inkling what my 2016 goals will turn out to be.
Did you set any running-related goals at the start of 2014? What are they? Have you met them, or do you intend to meet them by the end of the year?