Well it's that time again, where I re-live every race and
curse review my performance for the year. Overall it was a mixed bag. This year, I racked up the hardware (usually placing 3rd in my age group). I had several goals this year, and I only made one of them. Here's the numbers (goal first - actual result second):
155 lbs - 168.8 lbs No dice here. I really put the pounds on during the holidays. Turkey, pie and bacon continue to plague me with their delicious, delicious-ness.
5K 21:11, 6:50/mi - 21:22 6:54/mi Ugh. This one was a heartbreaker. I got 3rd in my age group, but I missed my annual goal by 11 seconds. 11 SECONDS!!!
10K 43:23, 7:00/mi - 44:49, 7:13/mi Another mixed bag on this race. I got 3rd in my age group again (detecting a trend?), but missed my annual goal by 1:26.
13.1 1:43:00, 7:51 - 1:42:00, 7:47 - This was the only race that I reached my annual goal. It came pretty early in the year, and I thought it boded well for the year. Sadly it did not.
26.2 3:30:00, 8:00/mi - 4:07:03, 9:26/mi - I didn't even come close on this one. But I was so unprepared mentally and physically for this race, I was just glad to finish.
It would truly be a bad year if I didn't learn anything from this, but I did learn a few things. First, I can't be a good runner just by running alone. A good diet and strong overall fitness are important too for me. Second, I need to work more distance into my training to build my endurance. Third, I need more realistic goals! As my lovely wife likes to remind me, I'm not 6' and bulletproof. That means taking a more realistic assessment of what I can do, so I don't get too down on myself.
Not the year that I was hoping for, but still a good year overall. I've gotten faster in everything under marathon, just not as fast as I hoped. Anyway, here's looking forward to another good (and fast) year! Happy New Year everybody!