Is there a point to running with no races on the calendar? For many people, the answer would be a resounding no, but my 2015 looked exactly like that.
The year started with recovery from the Honolulu marathon with Saucony 26 Strong, but I was gung ho for a sparkly new half marathon PR come Fall. Then my wacky world of travel took me to Iceland, the Caribbean and Prague early in the fall and of course we up and moved to Denver! I never found the right time for a PR race between jet lag and packing. Yet, I still ran nearly 1600 miles because for me running has always been about more than the finish line…and it was kind of nice to have a year that reminded me of that.
While writing this I came across a great quote from Martin Dugard in To Be a Runner:
“When would crossing the finish line of yet another superhuman test of endurance make me feel complete? A still, small voice in my head reminded me that the time I’d been happiest in my athletic life was when I was just a runner. Just a guy who laced up his shoes and ran because it felt good. That was enough.”
PAST PERFORMANCE (miles)
Linked years are a recap from that year! Unfortunately I didn’t start digitally tracking til half way through 2007, which means I’m not 100% of my numbers for the first 5 years of my running career. I’d love to know what my true total is!
As noted before I don’t look at monthly or weekly mileage until December hits then I become curious and this year I was excited to surpass 1600 once again.
— Highest Month: Dec 165.4 (darn the stomach flu or I’d have tied my 1600!!)
— Lowest month: January 99.8 (post marathon)
|2015||12 hours||0||70 hours||730 miles||118 hours|
|2014||45 hours||0||5 hours?||690 miles||90 hours|
|2013||58 hours||1 hour||13 hours?||560 miles||120 hours|
|2012||70 hours||3 hours||unsure||620 miles||100 hours|
|2011||42 hours||2 hours||29 hours||980 miles||137 hours|
|2010||13 hours||3 hours||30 hours||1068 miles||86 hours|
I’d say my lack of choosing to swim answers the ongoing question: “will you do a tri?”
I didn’t really notice how I had shifted this year, it just happened.
But I went from lots of time stretching to very consistent cross training with T25, Daily Burn, TRX and lifting. I can tell a difference in my muscles and my body overall, which hopefully means I’ll be ready to rock some 2016 PR’s.
Longest Run: 14 miles (WICKED!! It’s been many years since I haven’t trained for a marathon and yet somehow my mileage was roughly the same!)
Most interesting run: Every step in Iceland was mind blowing, it would be quite difficult for me to choose any other place. It was the perfect vacation, the landscape thrilling and the weather perfection.