After a rather slow start to 2016, what with no travel until May (if you don’t count the monthly back and forth to my parents as travel, which in reality it sort of is), and recovering from losing Chester, things are beginning to pick up and get busy.
My first 2016 half is in one month. Just 3 more long runs! It always kind of sneaks up on me. And then there are trips of various lengths planned for May, July, November, and December. Maybe September. Hopefully another half sometime in October, TBD.
Tuesdays on the Run linkup asked us to reflect on our goals for 2016 and how they’re going. I mean really, who remembers their goals? Which is exactly why this is a great topic for me — that and the fact that the race recap I’m still working on from the beginning of the month still wasn’t ready!
Goal 1: End the year injury free
Obviously the year is only a quarter done so far, but yup, I already have a nagging injury (for those that don’t know, I have a few irritated tendons in my ankle/heel). As I keep telling everyone though: it really is just a nuisance. I’m not the least bit worried about it effecting my races.
Here is what I’ve done to make sure this nagging injury doesn’t turn into a bigger problem (because a little niggle can turn into a big pain after 13.1 miles):
- Saw my chiropractor
- Stretched the $hi% out of it (per her instructions)
- Saw a physical therapist when it improved but wasn’t back to normal
- Continued to stretch the $hi% out of it per the PT’s instructions
- Got my first sports massage
It’s to the point where it’s normal more than it’s not, but there’s still work to be done there. And more sports massages in my future!
Goal 2: Keep up my running journal
I’m doing a pretty good job with it, although there is the occasional lapse (like I haven’t recorded my last two runs yet).
Since I did a much better job with my running journal last year, I know how invaluable this can be. It’s helped me to map out my training for my upcoming half, because it happens to fall at pretty much the same time as the spring half I did last year.
So I can just look at my journal and see how long my long run was, compare the paces I’m hitting, and see what my weekly mileage was last year.
I’ve got to stay on top of this though; last fall was when I got really busy (will be no different this year) and I did miss a recording a lot of runs — my aim this year is to keep it up to the bitter end!
Goal 3: Track my mileage on my shoes
When my ankle/heel first started bothering me, I knew I’d been running in shoes that were old. And although I did record the mileage on them, I didn’t add it up. So the bottom line was I really didn’t know how many miles they had on them.
Did that contribute to the ankle/heel problems? We’ll never know, I guess. Probably not, but it’s still a question I need to pose to my PT.
I kept saying I was going to do it, but it took a couple of months before I knuckled down and started to. And I’m still sporadic with it. It should be easy, since a tracker is included for our Run 2016 in 2016 team. I’ve got to knuckle down and get into a routine with this! It’s important (especially since I’m rotating between 3-4 pairs of shoes).
So that was it — just 3 goals. Which really isn’t so bad. Sometimes we give ourselves so many goals it’s just impossible to meet them all.
But since we’re talking goals, I’m going to add another.
Goal 4: Go with the flow
It’s no secret that I’m a slow runner who really, really, really wants to improve my times. I work hard at it. I do the stuff you’re supposed to do.
I also know that no matter how hard we work, sometimes the odds are just not in our favor. I would love to run my next half between 2:35-2:40. But I also know if it’s a freakishly hot day, I need to take that into account. Or freakishly windy. Or maybe I just don’t feel good.
Yes, all of the above has happened to me at halfs. I probably would have had much better races if I just adjusted my goals accordingly and didn’t stubbornly cling to the pace I thought I could run — the pace I trained for, the pace that was only going to happen if the circumstances were right and they so clearly weren’t for some races.
So I’m saying right here and now, that I will try to adjust my pace based on weather conditions and how I’m feeling (and those pesky hills) for my upcoming half. It really isn’t all about the time, it’s about enjoying the journey.