This year did not play out at all like I expected when I wrote this post last year around this time. I had some major setbacks last winter, which ultimately led to more success later in the year, I think. I had hopes of running my highest mileage ever and racing all year long; if you have followed my blog throughout this year you will know that did not happen! I learned a lot this year, which will hopefully help me with my running moving forward. I am still not where I want to be with many aspects of my training, but we are all a work in progress, right?
Let’s take a look back at the year:
At the beginning of January I was just running for fun, and trying to maintain a solid base before beginning training for a spring half. I also got the opportunity to try out ClassPass and took some different types of studio classes. This was also around the time that I started doing a Whole30.
In mid-January I was having some hip tightness that wouldn’t got away despite cutting back on mileage and seeing a chiropractor. I decided it was a good time to take care of it without being in the middle of any real training.
I went back to my PT to have another gait analysis done, only to be told that I was presenting with the same hip instability issues that I had thought I had addressed 3 years earlier. I started going to PT and my issues got worse. I’m not sure if it was because we were looking at the problem incorrectly or what, but my SI joint started to get all out of whack.
After a few weeks of very little progress I was discharged from PT (it was kind of a mutual agreement that they couldn’t help me anymore). I decided to go back to seeing a chiropractor because I always had more success with that than PT for some reason. My last chiropractor had left his practice so I found someone new who was closer to where I had just moved and started going there in April.
We did a Functional Movement Assessment which I think gave me more useful information than the gait analysis alone. I worked on functional core and upper body strength which should ultimately lead to better stability while running. Along with this I was getting ART and adjustments. I slowly got back into running and was feeling good by late April/early May.
I ran my first race of the year Memorial Day Weekend- the Stoneleigh Stampede 5k. I was happy enough with my time after having not raced in quite a while, and even got an age group award.
I continued to build my mileage over the summer and ran a few other races. By mid-summer I got the itch to start training for a marathon. After lots of contemplation I decided to hire a coach to help me with my training.
My training plan began the first week in August, and within a week I got really sick with some upper respiratory thing that took a month to go away. I ran 2 races coming off of that cold- the Dreaded Druid Hills and the Charles St 12.
After that, marathon training really started to pick up. However, in October I ran a half-marathon PR at the Baltimore Running Festival. This was exciting as I was in the middle of high mileage and had not tapered!
All of a sudden it was November and time for my marathon! I finished off my 2015 racing season with a 5 minute PR at the Route 66 Marathon.
Since the race I have been taking some time to back off of running and instead focus on core/strength work and mobility/flexibility. I have been running 2-3 days a week in December and estimated a total monthly mileage of about 50-60 mileage, but that will depend on what I do over the last 10 days of the month. I am trying to use this time to think about my next running goals, because as of right now I have no idea what I want to work towards. And that might mean just running for fun for a while longer until I figure that out.
It’s been quite a journey this year, and I really appreciate having you all along for the ride! And if you are a first time reader, than thanks for reading about my year. I am excited to see what next year brings, although there is a good chance it will once again not be as expected! A year is a long time and I have found it is usually impossible to predict all of the things that can happen.
Did 2015 go as expected for you?
What were some of your running highlights from this year?
Did you already decide on your goals for 2016?