Monday, February 3, 2014

2012 vs. 2013

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.

  2012 2013 Δ
Miles Run 1120.40 1048.07 -6.4%
# of Runs 198 194 -2%
Avg Distance (Mi) 5.63 5.40
Avg Miles/Wk 21.55 20.15
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
Hiked: 4.25

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

3 comments:

  1. Damn, your half PR went down SO MUCH. Remember when you thought you couldn't even get it under 2 hours?

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  2. Have you done any Hot Chocolate 5Ks? Those are rather popular. A couple people from my online coffee retailer shop went to do the one in Chicago this past year & said it was a blast.

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