THE RACES ARE RUN…
With Chanukah ending today and Christmas practically here (it’s a week from Friday y’all), the end of 2015 is fast approaching and it’s time to start putting a ribbon on the running year that was.
While I’m still in the midst of training with Team To End AIDS for the 2016 Los Angeles Marathon (18 mile run coming up this Saturday), last week’s Lexus LaceUp Riverside Half Marathon represented my final race of the calendar year.
And as I hang my last bit of 2015 bling on my medal rack, I just wanted to take a quick gander back at the year that was for me.
My goals this year were quite different than what I set out to do in 2014. That year I was on a mission and ran like a runner possessed: 17 races in the year, including 3 half marathons in 33 hours. I ended up setting PRs in my 10K, half and full marathon distance.
Quite frankly it exhausted me. And I paid the price in 2015.
I started 2015 running a quartet of races in the first four months:
- Star Wars Half (Jan)
- Surf City Half (Feb)
- LA Marathon (March)
- Hollywood Half (April)
While I had fun with all of the races, I could tell that I was a bit burnt out. My times were down from 2014 across the board and I didn’t have that normal pep in my step.
As a result, I cancelled almost my entire summer race schedule. Other than the Peachtree Roadrace 10K in July (a near annual tradition), I didn’t run a single race from mid-April through early September.
I took an extended break from running for the first time in two years, not really running for a few weeks (just a little run here and there) and letting my body rest up and rejuvenate.
This fall I came back to racing feeling good, but knowing full well that my speed and endurance were still not back to the levels I had in early 2014.
My race goals over the last few months of 2015 was simply to enjoy my runs, setting reasonable time goals and being mindful not to overdo it. I made certain not to schedule half marathons in back-to-back weeks.
I ended my 2015 race season without any significant injuries, which is a huge plus.
Here are the stats (1 full marathon, 8 halfs, 3 10Ks):
- Star Wars Half Marathon- 1/18/15 (2:13:39)
- Surf City Half Marathon- 2/1/15 (2:16:17)
- Los Angeles Marathon- 3/15/15 (5:37:42)
- Hollywood Half Marathon- 4/11/15 (2:14:29)
- Peachtree Road Race (10K)- 7/4/15 (1:00:51)
- REVEL Big Cottonwood Half Marathon- 9/12/15 (2:05:51)
- Lexus LaceUp Irvine (10K)- 10/17/15 (1:00:12)
- Lexus LaceUp Ventura Half Marathon- 10/24/15 (2:12:45)
- REVEL Canyon City Half Marathon- 11/7/15 (2:08:35)
- LaceUp Palos Verdes (10K) – 11/14/15 (1:00:11)
- Atlanta Half Marathon- 11/26/15 (2:17:04)
- LaceUp Riverside Half Marathon- 12/06/15 (2:13:49)
No new PRs this year, but plenty of new bling, a closet full of new tech shirts and most importantly: a huge pile of fun memories.
All in all, a pretty good year.
NOTE: And coming next week, a quick look ahead to 2016