At the end of 2016, I put out my goals for 2017 and I called it a “Bigger and Better Year.” Oh, how that just wasn’t the case! 2017 was hardly a bigger and better year in many areas. I put out 6 goals for 2017 and as I looked back at them, I basically missed them all. This past year was pretty tough and it certainly had its ups and downs. I finished 2016 on such a high note and was looking forward to what 2017 would bring. Well, it brought plenty and it wasn’t necessarily what I wanted.
As I look back though on 2017, one amazing thing did happen that was not related to running at all and that was starting a new job back in March. At the beginning of 2017, I decided it was time to begin my search. I was beyond lucky to find something within 3 months and even luckier they took a chance on me. While it certainly was a stressful time to settle into new routines, this job has provided me so much happiness. I am in such a better place and so grateful. By far this was certainly the best thing that happened to me in 2017.
So getting the good stuff out of the way, let’s look at how I did with my 6 goals in 2017. To review though here is what I had set myself up for in 2017: 1) run a sub 5-hour marathon, 2) run 1,400 miles, 3) 2 days a week cross training, 4) run 250 trail miles, 5) run a half in 10 states, 6) volunteer at races and 7) eating better/lose weight. Breaking down each goal, this is how they actually stacked up.
- Run a sub-5 Marathon: I didn’t even run a marathon in 2017! I had signed up for one and took a DNS while I never even signed up for the second planned marathon. Running 26.2 miles just was not in the cards for this past year, so I didn’t even try for a sub-5 marathon. Maybe one year I will actually get that.
- I barely made it over 1,000 miles, so running 1,400 was definitely out of the question. My miles were all over the places in 2017. My worst month was in May with just 52.6 miles and my highest month was in September with 123.2 miles. I was happy to at least get the 1,000 miles, but certainly was the lowest miles I had put up in some time.
- The cross training goal, I didn’t necessarily fail on entirely, but I didn’t hit it 100% either. I certainly got better about adding this in general once I joined a gym in July. I really have loved adding back in weights and crossing training though and have certainly seen the difference its making. So did I fail on this goal 100%? Maybe not, but I’ll give myself a 40% success rate
- Why did I go so crazy on this goal? This was just a joke and I got no where near 250 trail miles. I maybe got 20? But the miles I did get were fun.
- I actually kicked this goals butt! I wanted to get 10 states in my half marathon quest and I actually finished the year at 12. It wasn’t necessarily the states I planned on, but it was so great to get 12 completed! This was by far the best of the running I did this year. I always love getting a new state.
- Volunteering at races is another one I completed! I certainly could have done more and definitely plan to in 2018, but I volunteered at the EQT 10 Miler bib pick up and then at the finish line of the Liberty Mile. I also got to spectate a couple of races as well. Sometimes it’s nice just to be on the other side. I absolutely love giving back to my local running community and was happy I got the few changes I did.
- This one is an interesting one. Not sure if I can say I completely hit it, but being home so much more due to the new job, it was nice to cook my own meals again and generally eat better. I definitely can’t say I lost weight, but over the end of the year, I certainly began to feel so much better.
Taking a look at my races, I finished 26 this year. Many were not originally on the race calendar so I did a lot of last minute adding. Of those 26 races, 21 were half marathons and 8 of those came from double weekends from September to December. I did 2 5k races that were attached to race weekend challenges, 2 10-milers and 1 OCR race. I did less races overall, but more half marathons than I have ever done before. Last year I only did 16 half marathons. I ended the year at 55 total overall half marathons.
The year was certainly not the year for distance as I mentioned in goal #1. I had actually signed up for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Marathon in April, but around late February I knew it wasn’t a smart move to still go for that race. I think a mix of burn out from the previous year, some nagging injuries and even some vacation really screwed with my training. I wasn’t getting the miles I needed and finally came to terms that the race wasn’t meant to be. I took time during the year to decide if I would try the marathon again and once again it didn’t happen. I decided to run the Jacksonville Marathon in December, but the hospitalization derailed that plan and I decided to just run more half marathons. I did push this elusive marathon back to January 2018 and right now, it’s in less than 2 weeks and I am still not all that trained. Needless to say, it should be interesting, but this time I am definitely getting to the start line this time.
The biggest curveball of 2017 certainly came in the form of my 5 day hospital stay in October. Let’s be honest, no one ever plans to be in the hospital, but this one certainly didn’t come at the best time since I had to miss my Hawaii trip. I was pretty gutted, but I did get in four new states that I hadn’t planned on, so there is always some good that comes out of bad. This also just means that when I do get to Hawaii in 2018, it’s going to be even better. It’s an open trip and hopefully some friends take me up on that and join me! I had planned everything out for this past year, but of course would love to have friends join me.
Maybe I didn’t have the best of years, but I still ended the year in good health and with a smile on my face. I am going into 2018 with high hopes for a great year. I will be putting out another post with my 2018 goals and I am setting less for myself. I don’t want to bite off more than I can chew and want to focus on quality in 2018 and not quantity. I sure do hope I have a better 2018 and plan to leave 2017 in the past, where it belongs.