One of my biggest goals for 2016 was reaching 1,200 miles for the year, particularly because I so narrowly missed the goal last year. I also knew that even though I have been slower recently, this goal was reachable even when speed-related goals may not have been. So, I was excited when I met that goal on Dec. 24.
I had gotten behind in my mileage, but I stepped it up at the end of the year, with some strong months for me, including my highest-ever monthly mileage of 138.88 miles in a month this December.
I track my miles on Excel, so today, New Year’s Eve, I was able to determine that I ran 249 of the 366 days in 2016 (it was a leap year).
So, did I meet my 2016 goals? (I’m referring back to this post on my goals.)
- Run that less-than-50 minute 10K: Nope. So, this goal will continue into 2017 for the fourth year. I haven’t been my fastest lately.
- Run 1,200 miles. Yes! My total for the year was 1,223.42 miles.
- PR in the marathon. I didn’t meet this one either. I did one marathon in 2016, the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, and although I had a fun time, I didn’t have a great race. This goal will also carry over to 2017, and I expect to have three marathons on the calendar.
- Do more strength/core training. Yes! Although I don’t have a set schedule or do as much as some runners do, I definitely branched out in 2016, with at-home ab workouts, barre classes and the recently-mentioned yoga and spin classes.
I was also able to be a pacer for a race and I always get to run in cool places.
Did I meet my blog goals?
- Surpass 100 blog followers. No, but I did go up from 43 to 79, so I nearly doubled my email/WordPress following. It’s easy to follow the blog from my homepage (sherunsbytheseashore.com).
- Gain more views than I did this year. Yes — This year, I had more than 1,000 views beyond last year’s total of 6,383.
- Get to 400 Facebook likes. Not quite, but there’s still time! I’m currently at 389 likes, which is still a large amount of growth from 248. (Here’s my Facebook page.)
I ran 24 races in 2016. Not all of these may qualify as real “races,” but I’ll do a breakdown below. My number of races was also higher than last year because 11 of the below events were either free or free-to-me. (I did bring donations to races that requested donations.) If I had unlimited money, I may do more, but it can get expensive. It’s also nice to not race every weekend.
8K: 1, Dogfish Dash
5K: 9, Zoo Stampede; eRace the Stigma; Tacky Prom Free 5K Fun Run; I Thought They Said RUM Free 5K Fun Run; Hero 5K Free Fun Run; Summer Cross Country 5K Series (first race of the series); Salisbury Fire Department Downtown 5K Fun Run; Run, White & Blue 5K; Sneakers and Creepers 5K.
I didn’t get any new PRs this year (not even for the 8K, because I also did that race last year) — unless you count the Beer Mile, since it was my first one.
Other highlights (not in any particular order, and I’ll probably miss something):
- I signed up for my first ultramarathon, which will be the Algonquin 50K on Feb. 11.
- I’ve been training for The Louisiana Marathon, which is on Jan. 15.
- I did two running streaks (one ends tomorrow).
- I loved being a race pacer and hope to have more opportunities to pace races.
- I started a weekly Tuesday night run for the Eastern Shore Running Club. (It’s at 6 p.m.; we currently meet at the Salisbury Bible Fellowship/Pine Bluff Self Storage parking lot.)
- I had fun running with the Eastern Shore Running Club, Pemberton Running Club, Delmarva Moms Run This Town and Midshore Multisport.
- I had fun with friends at races, including some weekend trips with my friend Veronica, and getting to see my mom and stepdad at the Across the Bay 10K.
- I enjoyed my boyfriend Mike’s and my annual friendly face-off at the Dogfish Dash.
- I had fun promoting the Memorial Day 5K and Turkey Trek 5K for my new-in-2016 job with Wicomico Recreation, Parks & Tourism.
- I won some cool age group awards and even had an overall female win at the eRace the Stigma 5K.
- I became a Sweat Pink Ambassador and an ambassador for the St. Michaels Running Festival Half Marathon.
- I learned I’m pretty good at predicting my race times.
- I loved the opportunity to make selfie frames for the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Half Marathon.
I’m planning on writing a post on my 2017 goals tomorrow, New Year’s Day. It will include at least the two holdover goals from above!
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