I’m a sucker for these surveys. They’re nice to have to reflect on when the next new year is upon us =)
1. How many miles/km did you run this year?
Honestly, I couldn’t give you a number. I know I have run 120.87 race miles but that’s about it. I didn’t start actively tracking it until about 2 months ago. I know my Garmin has most of my training miles as well but I haven’t uploaded any of the data since I bought it 1.5 years ago (oops…)
2. What were your highest/lowest weekly mileage results?
Highest mileage would be on peak week of marathon training. I hit 60 miles that week. Lowest mileage would be post marathon at 12 miles.
3. What was your best mileage month?
September was probably my best month as that was the month with my longest training runs and right before I entered taper week.
4. What was your longest run?
The Baltimore Marathon was the longest race run. My 17-miler during my training plan was the longest training run I did.
5. How many races did you enter in 2014? What were your best and worst race performances?
I completed 12 races this past year and I only know this because I made this my running goal for the year. I’m going to judge best performance with my half marathons and 5Ks since I ran those distances the most. My best half marathon was the Avengers Half in November, and my worst was the Dismal Swamp Stomp in April. My best 5K was the recent Reindeer Run 5K in December, and my worst was the Run for the Cure 5K in August. However, to be fair, I was pushing a stroller for that race =)
I honestly don’t feel like I had bad races this year. I felt great in all of them and did nothing but improve throughout the year!
6. Do you have a favorite/memorable run from this year?
My most memorable run was the Biggest Loser RunWalk 10K at Six Flags America. I “smoked” the field and was the first finisher overall for both genders. I was on cloud nine! I even got a taste of what it must feel like to be an elite runner when I got escorted during a quarter of the race by a race vehicle. It was the first time I ever finished 1st in anything =)
My favorite run was the Avengers Half. It was the first time I dressed up for a race and I had a lot of fun with the other runners. I especially loved the race supporters that showed up in their cos-play. The energy was just insanely awesome.
7. What was the craziest weather or other type of adverse conditions you endured on a run in 2014?
I don’t think there was anything too crazy this year. The only “adverse” condition I can think of was the Santa Anas that kicked up during the Avengers Half. It was terrible having to run against the 35 MPH winds for 5 miles but it was doable. I would have loved to run without the extra resistance, though.
8. What were your goals for 2014? Did you achieve them?
My one goal was to run 12 races in 12 months. I was able to achieve it and am glad I followed through with it =)
9. What are your goals for 2015?
I talked about it before but I’ll reiterate. My goal is to PR the Baltimore Marathon, both as a race course PR and a distance PR. I want to run sub-8 minute miles consistently on every run I do and I was to break the 7 minute/mile pace. I hope that by the end of the year my average pace will be in the low 7s-high 6s. I also hope to complete a year long running stream.
Another goal I do have that may relate to running is I plan to follow a decent meal plan. I’ve begun planning out 5-6 meals per day and hope that by following the meal plan I’ll be able to maintain my fitness and overcome some of the issues that trigger my eating disorder.
10. Do you have a favorite running-related quote you would like to share?
If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get. You just run. -John Bingham