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Halftime: Regrouping for 2015

I'm not sure how I had such a horrible 2nd quarter of the year with running. Mileage wise, it wasn't all that bad ... it was how I felt. I didn't necessarily feel like running a lot of those miles. 

I hate feeling that way about running. I hate that I haven't been able to break out of the extreme highs and lows either. This has been going on for about 2 years now. 

There's a lot of indecisiveness with my goals and what races I want to do and I'm not going to make any promises about that changing in the next month. 

The first few days of the second half of 2015 are all about me regrouping a bit to get to a better place mentally with running. I have races and goals on my mind, but I'm not ready to announce anything yet.

I really want July to feel normal again, and then everything else can take care of itself. 

Q1 check-up

As the first 3 months of the year come to a close, I can't help but think about how it feels like a disappointment with an awful Shamrock Half. Overall, though, it was actually a really nice start to the year. 

I've had to rearrange a lot though based on a really bad stomach bug in January, a few rough nights with my youngest sun and fewer miles because of the weather in late February/early March. Changing from the Shamrock Marathon to the Half was an easy decision; I also realized I wasn't ready for the Blue Ridge Marathon and have switched to the half for that in a few weeks. 

In fact, I'm not sure how I feel about a marathon this year. More on that below as I look at where I stand with my goals for the year: 

1. Run 3 new races. 
There really weren't any opportunities for this in Q1, so I'm not too worried about the big ZERO for this so far. 

2. Run 1,000 miles.
The bright spot in running for Q1 has been more miles without feeling like I'm pushing it too much. I'm at 265.2 for the year, well on pace for more than 1,000. Now I just need to do some faster miles so my legs don't hate me on a race day. 

3. Run a 3:45 marathon. 
I was so excited about marathon training at the end of 2014, but I feel like I have so many other things to work on right now before I focus on this distance. I might change this goal in the coming month, but I'm not set on the decision yet. 

A quick look back at January 2015

I’m a little behind in focusing on February as I just spent a weekend away from a lot of technology for work. I'm eager, though, to get this month rolling. 

January was an interesting month. I was faced with a huge decision of changing my marathon plans as I was presented with an unbelievable opportunity to run in a huge, well-known event a week before Shamrock.

After a lot of thinking and wavering I decided not to do it this year … then a few days later I got a terrible stomach virus that was the confirmation I needed to just stick with my original plans when it comes to marathon planning.

That stomach virus led to missing a long run and a recovery run, and then cut into my mileage the next week. I was wiped out completely that next week and cut my long run well short of my initial goal.

The second half of the month, though, has been great. I rebounded well to get in a couple of good long runs. I’m not quite where I want to be, but I can't complain too much since it's the middle of winter. 

My January miles ended at 80.5 miles well short of the 100+ I wanted to get in, but not bad considering how sick I was the second weekend of the month.

As I look ahead to this rest of this month, my goals are simple. Run more, but run smart. I want to get to 100+ miles for the month and increase my long runs to 16-18 miles. I’m not setting a goal for Shamrock yet, but I think that may come sometime in the next few weeks.

I’m really happy with my state of running, and I can’t wait to see what transpires the rest of this winter. 

Farewell 2014; Hello 2015

Despite ending a really long PR-less streak (4 mile and 8K), this year with running hasn't been that great. However, December has been so good, I really don't care about what happened in the previous 11 months. But, and a big but at that, if I don't do some kind of reflecting, I'll never learn valuable lessons. 

Instead of rehashing my year, I want to take a look at the goals I set for myself a year ago and see how things played out: 

1. Finish what I start. 
I had some bad races (starting too fast, not training well for Shamrock, etc.) and a really bad fall, but closing off the year with 100+ miles in a month for the first time since fall 2013 leaves me feeling like I'm finally finish what I start. This goal had nothing to measure for success, and I won't make that mistake for 2015 goals. 

2. Logging mileage on paper. 
Removing myself from putting all my miles and workouts online was the best thing I've done in a long time. I have no desire to track through a social media service anymore, but I will shout-out my runs more in the coming year. 

3. Run 1,000 miles. 
I was so motivated mid-year to get this done. I don't know what happened between August and October to not log more miles, but I fell flat on my face with this goal. I was 70 miles short, which averages out to less than 6 miles per month, which sounds about right. A missed run here and there adds up quickly. I have failed at this goal in the past, but bounced right back. That has to happen again in 2015. 

Disappointed in my overall mileage for the year, but thrilled with how I finished it. #runchat

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As for next year's goals, I've become a really big believer in the power of 3 and a varying degree of difficulty for each. One "easy," one "challenging" and one really pushing it. 

For me, those are: 

1. Run 3 new races. 
I set a similar goal two years ago and really liked doing that. It's easy enough to do and it keeps things fresh. 

2. Run 1,000 miles.
Marathon training early in the year should help with this and keep me on track on year. Quadruple digits is really tough though, and I feel more ready for that in the coming 12 months than I did this year. 

3. Run a 3:45 marathon. 
Now that I'm excited about the marathon distance again, I'm ready to tackle this goal after not thinking about it for more than 2 years. 

I'd also like to get back to regular blogging in the coming year -- I've completely missed writing about how well things have gone this month, including a nice Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler and getting my long runs to 12 miles -- but that's not something I want to force just yet. Writing more, when I have the time to, has to come naturally. 

I hope everyone has a safe, happy and healthy start to 2015!