Wow…what a year! I became a runner. I still can’t wrap my mind around it. All in one year I ran my first 5K, my first 10K, my first half marathon, and a handful of other races and runs! It seems like only yesterday I was attempting my first run walk on the treadmill. I’m so happy to be finishing 2014 a better person – a changed person – than when I started.
Let me start off by reviewing some goals I had set back in July when I first started blogging.
- Finish the Baltimore Half Marathon. No time goals here, just a finish. (check back after October 18th for the exciting conclusion) – Did it! Didn’t do as well as I had hoped, but did it! I’ll see you again in 2015 Baltimore!
- I’d like to drop another 20 lbs – that will put me in my healthy weight range. At this point though, my weight loss has slowed significantly – I guess my body has gotten used to the running and I’m eating differently to fuel my running. So I’ll be happy to be down another 10 by December 31st. I won’t be a slave to the scale though – if I could drop another pants size, I’ll take that in lieu of 10 pounds. If I don’t lose anything and I’m still in the same pants – I’ll take that too. I’ll have run a half marathon – I’ll be riding that high for a while. – Didn’t lose any more weight, but haven’t gained and I’m still in the same pants. Sounds like a win to me!
- Shave a minute or two off my 5K time. I’m not sure how aggressive that is or not. I’m assuming that by running more, adding in speed work while training, and dropping a few pounds I’ll definitely get a little faster. – I have unofficially run a faster 5K, but not in a race setting. I have added some speed work to my weekly runs this winter, so I’m hoping that will help come spring.
- Work in more cross training. I’ve mentioned before that this training schedule has eliminated my ability to attend my favorite spin class and Body Pump class – so now I’ve got to find other alternatives. There is a Yoga for Athletes offered at the gym on Wednesday mornings – I’m going to give that a go next week. – I have been loving Yoga for Athletes and have gotten back to Spin and Body Pump this month. As I work on my training schedule I’m trying to make sure I can keep going to them.
Several bloggers have been posting their Year of Running reviews. Looks like it might have originated with Amanda over at MsZippy. I thought it was a great way to really sum up what this year has been for me.