Looking Back/Looking Ahead

When I started this post, my intention was to reflect on my long term running goals and set some smaller goals and intentions for 2018. But I’ve decided not to do that this year. 2017 was a busy year. I started the year out of shape. I had taken about 6 weeks off from running and getting through just a couple miles was a struggle. I just wasn’t prepared for how much time graduate school would suck up. I spent the year building consistency and really learning how to manage my time.  At the end of the year, I was doing it all. I was working full time. I was getting A’s in two graduate course (spending 6 hours in class plus countless hours on homework each week). And I was marathon training, peaking at 57 miles one week. It was a lot. Exhausting while at the same time exhilarating. Spending a week with my sister ending with running the Walt Disney World Marathon on my birthday was a true celebration of an awesome year of hard work and dedication.

January was the opposite. Relaxing. Peaceful. Reveling in my newfound free time. Staying inside when it was cold and snowy and not feeling remotely bad about it. I was hoping that February would kick off a strong return to running and feeling like I am crushing it, but I’m just not there yet. I’ve been alternating between missing running, eager to head out for a nice long run. And feeling like I just want to stay inside where it is cozy and warm. I’ve also been dealing with some lingering soreness from the race and some new pain from falling down the stairs (seriously…).

So instead of jumping in 100% in February, I am working on balancing my needs and wants. Last year was a lot. I have some big goals to chase this year too. But I don’t want to burn out at the beginning of the year. So I’m holding off on making any sweeping statements about what 2018 will hold. At least until the weather starts to warm up a bit 🙂