2015 Running Goals Check-In

By Janelle @ Run With No Regrets | running

Jun 30

Hey there! I hope you had a great weekend. If you’re already on vacation for the Fourth of July holiday, I am so jealous of you!

I’m participating in the Tuesdays on the Run Linkup with April, Erika, and Patty. Be sure to check their sites to see what everyone’s sharing about running! This week’s theme is about checking in on our running goals!

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I'm looking back on my goals and seeing how I handled my races in 2015 so far!

I’m looking back on my goals and seeing how I handled my races in 2015 so far!

2015 Running Goals – Did I Follow Through?

2015 was supposed to be a big year for me. After completing the Rock and Roll Half Marathon in 2014, my first in nearly 3 years, 2015 was going to be the year of my official comeback. Thankfully, I can say that I’m off to a great start! But let me look back at my goals bit by bit to truly benchmark my overall performance.

2015 Races:

So how did the first 6 months of racing turn out?  Let me look back to my racing plan in 2015 and see if I was on track, or way off the mark.

Here are the races I completed:

And the races that I didn’t:

  • Valentine’s Day Run:  We were in DC and I just couldn’t decide which race to do, plus it was STUPID COLD this winter!

When it comes to running the races I said I would, I’d say that the first half of the year was an A-!  While I didn’t do a Valentine’s Day race, I did run the Gone for a Run Virtual 10K, which was a really fun and refreshing experience!

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Race Results:

Here is a look at the races I trained for and how I actually did based on the goals I set for myself.

  • Fight for Air Stair Climb:  This was the second year that I did doing the climb of 100 flights of steps instead of 50.  While I was happy to do better than last year, the race was still a drag.  I’m going back to 50 flights next year, no more climbing up a building twice!
    • Desired: Sub-24 minutes
    • Actual: 23:25, a personal record!
  • Cherry Blossom 10 Mile Run:  This was my first big race of the year and I trained so hard all winter in the cold and snow!  I had big hopes for this one, and I’m so happy that I was able to have negative splits throughout the race! DC was awesome! The cherry blossoms were beautiful and in full bloom.  I was just surprised at the massive crowd, it may have cost me a minute or two!
    • Desired:  1:40-1:45
    • Actual: 1:38:36…but the race was cut short about a half mile.
  • Run for Clean Air 5K:  In 2014 the stars aligned and I had my best Run for Clean Air ever!  This year though, I knew I wasn’t going to have a 27:11 finish time.  What I didn’t foresee was that I’d struggle so much running in the heat and make the dumb mistake of starting out too fast…this wasn’t a goal race though and it was 6 days after Cherry Blossom, so I really can’t be too hard on myself.
    • Desired: 28:00-28:30
    • Actual: 29:22
  • Zooma Annapolis 10K:  This was such a fun race!  I’m so glad Jo was able to convince me to sign up.  We had a great time and she really pushed me to do my best.  I was glad that I could handle those big hills throughout the course!  I hope we can do it again next year!
    • Desired: 1:00
    • Actual: 1:02:31
  • 1/2 Sauer Half Kraut Half Marathon:  Because of the summer heat and rolling hills, I knew it would be a challenge, but I was so excited about the fun atmosphere of this German-themed race!  I was a bit bummed about my official time, but I ran the race smartly, running by effort instead of pace.  I even survived getting hit by a bike!  I’m pretty tough…lol.
    • Desired: 2:20:00
    • Actual: 2:35:48
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When it came to my desired finishing times, I only surpassed my goal with the Fight for Air Stair Climb, so at least I had one PR!  Tough weather conditions definitely played in a role in my struggles on the Clean Air 5K and 1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut, but I’m still very proud of what I was able to do.  Training for 4 days a week with Coach Kristy’s guidance has made all the difference in the world!

Tackling the Rest of 2015

It’s driving me crazy right now, but I am NOT locked in on hardly any races for the rest of the year!  Here are the only races that I am DEFINITELY signed up to participate:

  • The Philly 10K on 8/30 – it’ll be my first time participating in the 2nd annual race – I was a volunteer last year.  They’ve actually changed the course so it should be really scenic though South Philly and Old City.
  • The Tough Mudder on 10/18 – this is another race I’ll be doing for the first time.  I’ll be doing it in the Philly area with a team of my coworkers.  I am absolutely TERRIFIED and hoping I didn’t make a huge mistake!  I plan on documenting my training experience, so I hope you follow along on my journey!

Other upcoming races?  I’m at a loss right now because The Pope is visiting Philadelphia from September 25-27, which eliminates the Sloppy Cuckoo Half Marathon I was hoping to do that weekend.

So here’s the ever-changing anticipated race lineup for the rest of the year (excluding those mentioned above):

Hopefully, I can sign up for these races soon so that it’s official and I don’t keep changing my mind!

I am so happy with how this year is going so far!  I really challenged myself, worked hard, and ran some new races, which was all a part of my plan!  I finally got out of the rut of the same old, same old races in Philly, so I feel really refreshed.  I can’t wait to have a strong and exciting Fall Season with even more new races under my belt!

How has your  running and/or race training shaped up so far this year compared to your initial goals?  If you’ve ever run Tough Mudder, any tips??

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