2013 Year of Running, Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of my 2013 recap! (Part 1 is here.)  Some of you might remember that I set some running goals for 2013.  How did I do?

1. Run a sub-2 half marathon. Status: Not completed.
Whomp whomp.

2. Run a trail 30K. Status: Completed (mostly).
Skirt ‘n’ Dirt 25K. It was 5K short of 30K, but did I mention the 2900′ elevation gain?

3. Run marathon #2. Status: Completed.
Marine Corps Marathon.

4. Volunteer at a race (or a few races). Status: Completed.
I mentored middle and high school students through Running for a Better Oakland in the spring and volunteered at two races in July.

5. Have a more focused race schedule. Status: Completed.
10 races — vs. 16 in 2012.  More importantly, I never felt burnt out.

6. Run more miles than I did in 2012. Status: Completed.
In 2012, I ran 850 miles. In 2013, I ran 1310!  Am I allowed to say that I’m impressed with myself? Because I am.

7. Come up with a more concrete strengthening and cross-training plan and stick with it.  Status: Not completed.
I resolve to make more clear-cut goals than this one in 2014.

8. Roll and stretch before and after every run. Status: ~Completed.
I do a short set of stretches after every run, and have consistently stretched and rolled about 5 times a week at 30 min/session.

9. Get to the bottom of this ankle issue. Status: Completed?
Again, another vague goal.  I haven’t had ankle soreness for most of the year, and it’s much less swollen than it used to be.  Counting it as a completed goal.

10. Blog goal: get back to reviewing gear.  Status: Completed.
This year, I’ve written about Altra Superiors, hydration packs/bottles, and even podcasts.  It’s not as many reviews as I wanted to write, but I think it’s good enough.

Summary: 8 out of 10 complete!  Woot woot! 🙂

**

Last year, I recapped the year with running stats, highlights, and low points.  Here’s the same format for 2013:

Miles: 1310
Races: 10 (5K: 2, 10K: 1, 10-miler: 1, half marathon: 4, 25K: 1, marathon: 1; 6 road vs. 4 trail races)
Miles raced: 116.5
PRs:
– 5K – 26:16 @ LMJS Couples Relay (Feb); 9 seconds faster than previous PR
– 10K – 52:51 @ Summer Breeze (Aug); almost 4 minutes faster than previous PR
Age Group Awards: 2 (3rd at Summer Breeze, 3rd at Mt. Diablo)

Highlights:
– Exploring new trails all around the Bay Area, especially my runs with Cathryn at Lake Chabot, Huddart/Wunderlich, Marin, and Briones.
– Pushing my limits at the Skirt n Dirt 25K – probably my toughest race yet.
– Completing a high-mileage (for me) marathon training plan.
– Surviving this year without any significant injuries (knock on wood).
– PR’ing by almost 4 minutes at the Summer Breeze 10K.
– Mentoring Alejandro through RBO to help him complete his first half marathon.

Low points:
– Putting too much pressure on myself at the Oakland, SF, and Pt. Pinole half marathons to run a sub-2, which significantly decreased my enjoyment of those races.
Marine Corps Marathon: bonking, only getting to see the Gypsy Runner once, and a disappointing finish.  It made me realize how charmed my first marathon experience was at CIM last year, despite the monsoon.

When I look back on 2013, I’m really grateful that my body was healthy and strong enough to carry me through all of the miles and races.  I didn’t set as many PRs as I did in 2012, but I attained many other goals along the way.  I continue to learn so much about myself through running, and I’m looking forward to more adventures in 2014.  Here’s to a happy and healthy new year!

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8 comments on “2013 Year of Running, Part 2
  1. What a great year you’ve had! I’d say a trail 25k w/ that elevation definitely counts. Happy 2014! 🙂

  2. Dominick S. says:

    So many good things in this post! 1310 miles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (I want to put a page of exclamation points, thats insane) Seriously though, I think the last two sentences sum up 2013 the best…on to 2014.

  3. Congrats on all of the successes this year! I understand the frustration of putting so much pressure on yourself to break 2 hours in the half and end up not enjoying the race. That just means that when you do accomplish that goal, it’s going to feel even better!

    • Jen says:

      Thanks! Yes, I totally agree about the frustration = greater feeling of accomplishment. I hope to follow in your footsteps and crush 2 hours soon!

  4. […] As y’all know, I’m a data nerd, so no year-end summary would be complete without #ALLTHENUMBERS. (Here are the stats from 2012 and 2013.) […]

  5. […] new year. Also, since I’m a numbers nerd, I like to look back at previous years (see 2012, 2013, & 2014) to compare stats like mileage and races. So, without further […]

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