The year is almost up which means it is time for the standard “year in review” type post that nearly every blogger makes. First, a review of my goals for 2016.
My goal for 2016 can be summed up as do the work. Train hard, but smart. Rest when needed. Eat healthy, drink more water, get plenty of sleep. Put in the miles. Put in the cross training. Get to the starting line healthy and prepared. Hopefully run some PRs, but if not evaluate what went wrong and learn from it.
I think I did fairly well for the first 3/4 of the year. In September things shifted a little and my new mantra became do the homework. It paid off in the end as I finished the semester with a 4.0 GPA (#nerdalert). Although running took a backseat during these past few months, I’m hopeful that 2017 will see a strong return to running and racing (but that’s another post). Here are a few highlights from 2016.
I absolutely crushed a long term goal in May by running a sub-20 5k (19:59.9!). This was hands down the best race of the year. I trained my ass off for 11 weeks before running a terrible 5k in Ohio. Put in another 2 weeks of training and then had my dream race. Training was hard. Racing was hard. But it was so worth it. I was starting to feel like I was done with the 5k, but reliving the excitement makes me want to see what else I can do with the distance.
I had two west coast adventures this year. California in January with my sister and niece. Oregon in August with my husband. Two very different, but very amazing vacations.
I applied to graduate school in January and started in September. I’m really excited to have started this new chapter in my life, even if it has caused running to take a back seat for a while. Overall it was a really great year and I am looking forward to finding out what 2017 has in store for me.