Happy New Year! I can’t believe it’s 2016 already. I decided to combine my monthly check-in with a review of the year since I already talked about my running highlights from 2015. For the last time of 2015, here is a review of my goals and how they went this month. You can read my other monthly check-ins here:
December was mostly focused on recovering from my marathon. I struggled with feeling like I should want to run, but for a few weeks the desire really just wasn’t there. I turned to other at-home workouts like pure-barre, yoga, and strength training.
By the end of the month I was back to feeling like I wanted to run, and luckily the weather cooperated and allowed me to run a few days a week in comfortable weather. I’m not sure how I would have felt about getting out there if it was cold and icy!
I started reading a book this month but didn’t finish it: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I am really enjoying this book and read a good chunk of it on my way to Michigan a few weeks ago but since then I have honestly just forgot to get back to it. So, no books completed in December!
I definitely got back to planking more this month, with the help of pure barre and yoga workouts. I also did a TRX workout this week and the planks using the straps are really intense!
December 2015 Stats and Highlights
Total Miles: 56.52….pretty much what I expected with marathon recovery.
Best run: My Christmas morning run with Rob. It was so warm out! It was also just nice to be on our own schedule on Christmas morning, so we were able to run a little later without having to be in the car driving to NY at 7am.
Favorite non-running activity: I’ve done quite a few non-running activities this month! I guess the most different one was the #RunStrongChallenge with Kinetic Revolution.
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Biggest accomplishment: Not sure about this one. I am feeling pretty proud of myself for cleaning and organizing the entire house this week. Not running/fitness related but definitely an accomplishment!
Set-backs and struggles: Feeling like I should want to run, but also knowing I needed a break after marathon training.
Things I am looking forward to in January: Ugh, is it really January again?! This is my least favorite month. At least I am breaking it up a bit by going to Florida with my in-laws. The only thing I like about January is the feeling of a “fresh start”. Time to start working towards new goals!
Now, let’s take a look at 2015 overall:
While I didn’t achieve my running goals, I definitely made improvements in both the marathon and half-marathon distances. I set a new half-marathon PR of 1:41:58 and a new marathon PR of 3:41: 46.
I did NOT run 15 races or 2015 miles.
1 10k: Dreaded Druid Hills
1 12 miler: Charles St 12
1 Half-Marathon: Baltimore Half-Marathon
1 Full Marathon: Route 66 Marathon
Total: 7 races
While I ran less than 1/2 of the anticipated number of races, I was also not running much in the beginning of the year due to dealing with an injury. My first race wasn’t until the end of May so I missed out on almost 5 months of racing. My yearly mileage was 1157.21.
I did pretty well with planking and reading each month. There were some months I read more than one book and others that I didn’t read a full one, so I think it all evened out in the end.
I think there was alot of variety and consistency in my workouts. I tried alot of new things this year, but stayed focused on long-term goals.
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Now that I am attempting to review my goals for the year, I am very grateful that I tracked my progress each month. I don’t think I would have remembered what happened otherwise!
Did you achieve your 2015 goals?
How do you measure success when it comes to goals?
Thanks Jill for hosting the Life of Fitness, Health, and Happiness ink-up!