Running 2015, Part I

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times — that pretty much sums up my 2015!

2014 was a very disappointing year in my running. I don’t think I PR’d anything, both my halfs were disappointing, and I ended up injured after my fall half and started back with C25k.

January
I start out every year with a 3 1/2 mile “race” (not chip timed) on New Year’s Day. I PR’d it.

My notes are kind of sketchy for January, but it was a snowy winter and there were a lot of treadmill runs.

Running seemed to go pretty good, including a  good time for the Winter Series 10k (another “race” that isn’t chip timed) — just seconds away from my 10k PR.

 

Birthday Bar Mitzvah
Birthday Bar Mitzvah
 
February
Even snowier than January, and there were even more treadmill runs, but it had our epic vacation to Seattle, Vegas, and Irvine (yes, I ran in all 3 states, including looping around an outlet center parking lot in Barstow, CA).

The trip was partially to visit my MIL & SIL, mini vacation in Vegas, and to celebrate my nephew’s Bar Mitzvah (which just happened to fall on my birthday).

My parents, who are in their late 80s, were going to come, too, but my dad fell a few days before they were supposed to leave. I didn’t find out until we had already left that he’d broken 5 ribs, and would end up spending 3 weeks in a rehabilitation center.

I spiked a fever just days after we got home and spent a week recuperating.

Then there were even more treadmill runs.

 

Running Vassar at my parents
 
March
A week after my Dad got out of the rehabilitation center, he got sick. It wasn’t pneumonia, but something similar, and he was back in the hospital. 

I drove down and spent the weekend with my mom, visiting my dad, lending moral support. In fact, they had a big blowup while my dad was still at the hospital and I ended up staying an extra day.

I ran the Delmar Dash (5 mile race) the weekend after I visited my folks — this was my third time running it and I PR’d, then Darlene and I (this was the race we met at for the first time in RL in 2014) ran another 6 miles afterwards (training for a May half).

I began to do some swimming for cross training.

April
Lots of rain, more treadmill runs, training going well for my May half.

Nothing terribly exciting happened in April. Maybe that was a good thing! No races.

 

Redding Rd Race
Redding Rd Race
 
May
I ran Redding Road Race on 5/3/15, an extremely well organized, very hilly race, on an unseasonably warm day. It was a new PR. I really enjoyed it and immediately pushed my husband to sign up for ZOOMA Annapolis, which he reluctantly acquiesced to.

In the middle of May, on a very unseasonably warm day, we spent a weekend at my parents cleaning out their attic and basement, which meant going up and down 2 flights of stairs all weekend long.

I wasn't pushing hard here!
At the very end. I quit but finished ZOOMA Annapolis.
Maybe it was a sign? ZOOMA Annapolis was hot. It was humid. It was hilly. And I just basically gave up halfway through the race and had one of my slowest halfs.

I got to meet up with one of my high school buddies afterwards, though; I hadn’t seen her in years. We got to get together with my husband’s uncle and one cousin on the way down.

Bad races happen!

June
It was nice to start running with USAFit Albany again after my disappointing half. Everything felt fine after ZOOMA, and I continued to swim about once a week to cross train.

I decided, who knows why, to try run/walk intervals at the end of the month. Mostly, I think, because I read in more than one place that most people slow down too much when they walk for 60 seconds, but 30 seconds gives you that break without slowing you down too much.

We also started hill repeats at the end of the month. No races in June!

Last, but not least, I started this blog in June, after thinking about it for literally years. I thought I would just dip my toe in, so to speak, but I just sort of hit the ground running (yes, I went there).

And because this is quickly turning into a novel, I’ll finished it up next week. You can also read about my year of running here.

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I’m linking up with MCM Mama Runs, Marcia’s Healthy Slice, and My No Guilt Life for the Tuesdays on the Run linkup; because the more, the merrier, right?

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17 thoughts on “Running 2015, Part I

    1. I guess because I’d been reading other people’s blogs & knew about linkups & had blogged about other subjects in previous years, it sort of made it easy to start a blog.

      The first 10k of Annapolis was great . . . it was the second half that kicked my booty. I really should’ve taken some photos considering how slow I was going anyway . . .

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  1. I like 30 second walk intervals because they give me enough time to drink easily. On the treadmill, I do 1 minute because of the time it takes to slow down and speed up, though.
    It looks like a good running year so far.

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    1. Actually, running was really good to me this year. Not so sure 2016 is going to be any better, but we will almost certainly lose Chester in it. Hopefully, though, my Dad will celebrate his 90th birthday.

      The circle of life, I guess.

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    1. Well, MD is done so I’m not planning to be ZOOMAing again there (and MA is done, too, although maybe I’ll consider the 10k on Cape Cod if it works with my schedule).

      I wasn’t wowed by ZOOMA. It wasn’t a bad experience, but I do think it was way overpriced — of course, I also signed up last minute (although I did have a discount code).

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  2. The place near your parents looks beautiful!! You had a good running year! Lots of PR runs! Hot races stink. I have dealt with that a few times and it really sucks the energy out of you. Summer almost killed me. Blogging is a great way to meet some running buddies. I have really enjoyed getting to know you!

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    1. It’s Vassar College & it is very pretty.

      Thankfully I don’t have to deal with your heat!

      We were discussing VA Beach today & my husband said I should sign up for it since I can defer it.

      I’ve enjoyed getting to know you, too.

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