#MotivationalMonday 2016 Review and 2017 Game Plans!
Yesterday I brought in the new year with two of my favorite things: family and running. But, first let’s back up and put 2016 in review…
- Miles: 2,242.81 (PR!)
- 4-Miler PR: 26:59 6:45 min/mile
- 5k PR: 19:58 6:27 min/miles
- 10k PR: nope.
- 10 mile PR: 1:10:45 7:05 min/mile
- Half-marathon PR: 1:34:35 7:13 min/mile
- Marathon PR: 3:30:18 8:01 min/mile (for the record my first marathon was 4:24…)
I managed a PR in each distance except the 10k event. I used a few different plans ranging from the Runner’s World Big Book of Marathon Training (which I used to shave 15 minutes off my marathon time in Nashville) and toggled between Pete Pfitzinger Advanced Marathoning to increase weekly mileage. Then, I used the Hanson’s Marathon Method for my fall marathon in October and took off two minutes from April’s race. With all of the different plans I used I must say I enjoyed the Runner’s World plan the most because it included hill training, speed and long runs. The Hanson’s seemed to be more of a “workhorse” method which is beneficial in that I never had to guess what the daily workout was going to be. I did enjoy Advanced Marathoning to a point because it was challenging but the mileage was tough to maintain. Due to my new work routine (yay for personal training and rocking the world!) I will be giving Run Less, Run Faster plan (The training method I first used back in the day–2012 at the Outer Banks Marathon OBX, NC.) another shot due to time restraints and a more overall fitness approach. I LOVE running.all.the.miles. Don’t get me wrong. There’s something quite satisfying about tallying up the miles and thinking, “whoa” I ran over 2,000 miles this year! But, I firmly believe there is a time and a season for everything. And this season it’s all about a well-balanced fitness season.
All that being said I just got my new Compete Training Journal in the mail:
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I am stoked to be filling this bad boy out. I have been using the Believe Journal for the past two years and fell in love with the creative format. The Compete Journal is geared more towards the competitive racers. The biggest thing I learned in 2016 is that you can not train, honestly, to PR in all race distances at one time. You need tunnel vision placed firmly on one or two distances. While you may squeak out a pr in the 5k from marathon training, it’s hard to really get the very best out of yourself. You train two totally animals in the 5k and the marathon.
Back to this year…
I started the year off with many a good and wonderful things like my sweet New Year’s kiss from my husband and a 10:00 am Resolution Run 5k run in Asheville! I ran this race in 2016 as well and enjoyed it so much I thought I would come back. My time this year wasn’t as impressive as last year but it was still good enough to earn second place female overall. This goes to prove that training for certain distances does indeed make a difference. And so does weight gain. I weigh about five pounds more than I did last year for the race and I ran about 25 seconds slower. I am by no means overweight. I don’t feel overweight. I honestly don’t care too much about those five pounds. But, I guess I better not pack on too many extra. 😉 Good-bye holidays!!!!!
After racing the event and ran back to run my sweet friend in to the finish. We will be training her up to run her very first 10k and later half, this year! Her hubby is a big support and snapped this photo of us. I love this photo because it’s fun. 🙂
As far as goals are concerned this year I am more focused on my vision of building my personal training business using the gift the Lord has given me to touch the lives of as many ladies as possible and enjoying family. In the meantime I have indeed signed up for a few races:
2017 Winter/Spring Race Schedule:
- Resolution Run 5k 01/01/2017
- Asheville Hot Chocoloate 10k 01/21/2017
- Green Valley Road Race 10-miler 02/11/2017
- Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville St. Jude Marathon 04/29/2017
I would really love to run the Biltmore Half-Marathon but those registration fees… I’ve not registered for anything past spring quite yet since I’m in a new season of life…I’m not sure what tomorrow will bring. 🙂
Are you pre-registered for any events yet? Which race distance is your favorite?
2 Jan 2017 / runpinkjess / 6
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