1. Run a sub-2 half marathon. Status: Not completed.
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:
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
– 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)
– 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.
– 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!