2014 was a very interesting year, when it came to my personal life, which, is, uh, personal, but also when it came to running, due to a nagging knee “thing” that turned into pain that turned into $$$$ at physical therapy, but also a really nice ass due to all the glute-strengthening exercises. Anywho, I set some goals at the beginning of the year, let’s revisit.
Have a goal race. That went out the window when Emo Knee reared it’s ugly … knee. I ran four races this year, and was in no position to actually race any of them. I DNS’d (did not start) five races due to my knee.
52 or more strength workouts. I did 72. I had time since I wasn’t running as much.
24 or more “fun” workouts. I did 29. Mostly burlesque classes.
Zero balance on all credit cards. This was a very unrealistic goal.
Once a month, host something. Didn’t really happen. Our new place has a small living/dining room, which makes hosting more than a few people at a time a bit cramped. I had a lot of fun hosting Revolt Against Cancer with Anne.
Volunteer. I mentored 16 charity runners for the American Cancer Society and raised over $1,000 myself.
So, I achieved 4 out of 7 goals.
I intentionally didn’t set any running goals other than “goal race” this year because I didn’t want to be chasing after mileage just for the sake of a goal I didn’t care about. I didn’t even set any PR goals. I only ran four races this year, compared to 15 in 2013, 19 in 2012 and 11 in 2011.
However, I spent 234 hours working out, second only to 2012 (when I ran a marathon). Also, while I may have gained about 25 pounds since running said marathon, I’ve only gone up one dress size, and while I’m only about 5 pounds under my highest-ever weight, I’m still 2 dress sizes smaller than when I was at my highest weight. So the number on the scale doesn’t really mean much.
I’ll be honest, I went into 2014 not as gung-ho about running as I had been in awhile. I kind of talked myself into registering for the Chicago Marathon, and even before my knee issues got bad, I was second guessing if commiting to a marathon when I wasn’t all-in was the best idea. I found that I was putting off other goals/interests until “after the marathon” … and kind of bummed about it. So perhaps Emo Knee was what I needed, to force myself to reassess. I still enjoy running, but I enjoy lots of other things. So what if I never run another marathon, or never run more than 20 miles in one week? I’d like to at least be able to run half marathons again, but if I can’t? Big deal. I have plenty of other things in my life to focus on.
Of course I’ve been thinking a lot about my 2015 goals, so stay tuned.