A great year in running comes to a close on Friday, so there’s no better time than the present to take a bit of a look back.
Last year I ran 24 straight days as part of an Advent running calendar. The goal was to run everyday from December 1st through Christmas Eve. This year I’m did things a bit differently in an effort to get a little rest in before training starts again.
My goals for the year were all accomplished in mid-December so anything more was just bonus for me. I’ll likely end up the year very close to 2,100km assuming I squeeze in a couple more runs. That easily exceeds my biggest mileage year ever and gets me well beyond the goal I set at the beginning of the year of 2,015km.
PB’s and good races
On the racing side, I ran a personal best at the 30km Around the Bay Road Race in March and then another personal best at the Ottawa Marathon in May. The Ottawa Marathon was a breakthrough race for me as I took 12 minutes off my marathon PB and now 3:30 seems attainable. With a Boston Marathon qualifying time of 3:25 coming in May when I turn 45, all of a sudden that seems reasonable as a goal for the next couple of years.
I kept things going throughout the summer and ran the very hilly Pints to Pasta Half Marathon in Portland in September. Last month I ran another, hillier half at the annual Marquis de Sade around High Park in Toronto.
In early December I ran my third personal best of the year at the Tannenbaum 10k. At the 9km mark of that race, I reached 2015km run for the year and ticked off my last goal for 2015.
Looking forward to 2016
2016 promises to be a very busy year of running. I’ve already signed up for Around the Bay and I’ll be a part of Team Awesome for the Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend again, leading up to my ninth marathon and third Scotiabank Ottawa Marathon on the last Sunday in May.
Meanwhile, we’re kicking off a big renovation of our house starting on January 11th. We’ll be living at my parents on the other side of downtown for about three months while our house gets ripped apart and put back together. That’s expected to take until April, so squeezing in a marathon training program is going to be interesting.
That left the last few weeks of December to rest and relax. I kept running a few days a week, but there were no goals, no schedule and no pressure to get out there. Once the calendar flips over to the new year, I’ll get back into the swing of things and kick off training the same way I’ve done many times before.
2015 was a great year of running and 2016 promises to be more of the same.