I would do one of those “Best Of” posts, but I didn’t really post all that much in 2013. I’m off to a similar start for 2014.
|# of Runs||198||194||-2%|
|Avg Distance (Mi)||5.63||5.40|
|Avg Speed||5.9 mph||6.0 mph||+1.6%|
|Elevation Gain||72,774 ft||84,393 ft||+15.9%|
|Half Marathon PR||1:54:48 (Dec)||1:48:48 (Dec)||-5.2%|
|10K PR||53:27 (July)||52:03 (July)||-2.6%|
|3M XC PR||24:16 (July)||23:47 (Aug)||-1.9%|
I didn’t wear my heart rate monitor consistently enough for it to be worth sharing that data.
This is the first year since I started running that I didn’t have an increase in my yearly mileage. Meh.
Some goals for 2014?
Don’t neglect my core & upper body.
-I started a “core yoga” class two weeks ago that will go for another 6ish weeks.
-I am trying to remember to do push-ups a few nights a week, even if more than half of them are on my knees right now.
Further improve my Half Marathon.
-By how much? I don’t know!
-I would say I want to improve at shorter distances too, but it hurts to race <5k. I am getting some unofficial shorter distance PRs during my recent tempo runs though.
Continue to Cross-Train.
-Last year I rode my bike pretty regularly from early summer through about Thanksgiving last year. I slacked between Thanksgiving and New Year’s but I’m back at it again.
Early 2014 Races?
Seaside Half Marathon in Ventura on February 23.
-Not sure if I’ve had enough time to improve from my December half (1:48:48), but I will see what I can do.
-At the very least, I’d like my pacing to be more even than my last race -- or have negative splits.
Considering the half-trail, half-road Chesebro Half Marathon in Agoura Hills again on March 22.
-Goal would be to beat last year’s 2:02:58 and break 2 hours.
-Given my current half PR, that may sound easy, but this course has 1200’ of elevation gain.
January 2014 Stats
Miles run: 119
Miles biked: 29
And because I have a tendency to avoid tempo runs, I am making a concerted effort to DO them. Not only am I doing them, I am getting up at 4:30am to go meet up with running friends on the other side of town who are faster than me.
January Tempo Runs:
1/2: 2 miles, avg 7:49 pace
1/9: 4 miles, avg 8:20 pace
1/16: 5 miles, avg 8:03 pace – rolling hills
1/24: 4 miles, avg 8:00 pace – rolling hills
1/30: 3 miles, avg 7:47 pace