I’ve kept the last few years for comparison purposes… and my comments in Italics. I expect your comments and reviews below. What do YOU think are the wins and fails? what about your wins and fails? What is the most important factor for you? Mileage, PRs, races..??
—Sad, but still pretty good considering I struggled with motivation all year!
2009- 10 (9 in NYC, 1 in Nashville) 1 marathon, 2 halfs, one 18 miler, one 10k, one 5M, two 4M, one 3 miler and a Mile.
2010- 19 (13 in NYC, 1 in Boston, 1 in Boulder, 2 in NJ, 1 in Philly, and 1 in Buenos Aires)
2011- 12 (10 in NYC, 1 in DC, and 1 in NJ)
2012- 16 (13 in NYC, 1 in PA, 1 in Germany, 1 in Argentina)
2013- 11 (10 in NYC, one in NJ)
2014- 15 (12 in NYC, one in NJ, one in MA, and one in Argentina)
—wow, that’s enough!
2009- Six! (Out of 10 races)
2010- Thirteen! (Out of 19 races)
2011- Six + 1 automatic one (Out of 12 races)
2012- Three (marathon, 5K, mile) + 1 automatic (out of 16 races)
2013- Three (half mary, 4 miler, and 10K).
—I need one soon. I am past the withdrawal symptoms & going into “giving up”.
Highest Age Grading:
—This is really how I measure success in a race. Only hit it 70%once this past year and it was in my last race. Which might mean things are looking up…
2009- 2 — retrocalcaneal bursitis (5 months out), piriformis syndrome (10 weeks out)
2010- ITBS (three weeks out right before the Boston Marahton!)
2011- broken shoulder, 2 broken ribs, torn rotator cuff (2 weeks before NYCM!)
2012- NOT ONE!
2013- NOT ONE RUNNING INJURY! WOHOOO
2014- just my will to run…?!?! So, yey, good!?!?!
—I fell a bunch of times but that really didn’t keep me from running. The lack of interest was my big problem this year.
Races Cancelled or DNFed:
2010- One DNF, a 50K where I fell twice.
2011- Chicago, DNS because of 2 stress fractures.
2012- ONE DNS (snow storm!), plus the NYC Marathon cancellation.
—yey I guess.
Highest/Average Weekly Mileage:
2009- Highest: 40. Average: 13
2010- Highest: 40. Average: 23
2011- Highest: 36. Average: 17
2012- Highest: 40. Average: 25
2013- Highest: 43. Average 21.
2014- Highest: 43. Average 20.
—Hilarious. Barely one week down from last year.
2009- One (NYC). PR: 3:45:22
2010- Two (NYC and Boston). PR: 3:42:33
2011- Two (National and NYC). PR: 3:37:57. DNS in Chicago for injury.
2012- One (Berlin). PR: 3:27:44
2013- One (NYC). A MegaMESS
2014- Two (Boston and NYC), two awfully-slow-fun experiences. Not even close to a PR.
— Just like in 2013, I didn’t train for Boston and I shouldn’t have done it. I wasn’t there physically or mentally and crumbled early. I was quite trained for but made a rookie mistake. I did the Tune Up 18 miler WAY too fast. And then I just didn’t recover in time. This really bothers me because I tell everyone every year “make sure you don’t peak at the Tune up!” and then I go and do it. UGH.
2009- Two. PR was 1:45:55
2010- Six. PR is 1:42:47
2011- Two. No PR.
2012- Two. No PR. (though there was an unofficial half marathon PR in the second half of the Berlin marathon)
2013- Three. A 1:37:35 PR and two I did for training (1:45 and 1:42).
2014: FOUR! NYC Half, Brooklyn, Gretes’ Great Gallop and Staten Island. Not ONE PR!
—The half is where it’s at. I want to do more. I can see myself really getting more and more excited about getting better at this distance.
Balance: Not Great! I struggled a lot during the winter months and had motivation issues all the way from mid-2013. Eventually I stopped and it helped a lot. When I picked it up, in July, it was all great but I still have a long way to catch up to where I was and things turned out great by the end of the year. I am really considering to skip the NYC Marathon this year. I just can’t find the long runs appealing anymore. 2015 is the year of the half. yeah?