Posting a year-end recap on February 24th is a bit odd—kind of like Christmas in August. I’m back from a long break so this is my January 1st post. New Year’s posts are like Spring Training in baseball, you start out with hope and optimism and by July you find out how the year’s going.
After setting 13 PRs, 2013 was my best year as a runner and rough one personally, I hoped to keep it going in 2014, but it was not to be. 2014 was great personally, not so much as a runner but that’s okay.
With my teammates after an almost Bucket List Race, the Scotland Run
I started 2014 and set some ambitious goals. They were:
Races- I raced more in 2014 than another year—22 times. My goal was to run two marathons and two ultras,or a third marathon if I couldn’t run the second ultra. I also wanted to run more 5Ks.
I ran my two marathons, Central Park and New York City but only ultra the Sybil Ludington 50K. I did run six 5Ks, actually five, I walked the New York Giants’ Run of Champions 5K with Esther, who was seven-months pregnant at the time. Grade-Partial Credit
Running the Sybil Ludington 50K
Consistency-I planned on building a strong foundation by being steady, instead of running 50 miles one week and 15 the next. A solid base may not bring new PRs but at least I would be steady. I started out strong in January into mid-February—then the wheels came off. First it was the flu. Then Esther and I became expectant parents and my focus shifted. Grade-Incomplete but I’m OK with it.
Esther and I showing our growing bellies after the Queens 10K
Be Healthier-I weighed 203 pounds last New Year’s Day. I had gained a few pounds during the holidays. I wanted to lose the weight and keep it off.
That didn’t happen at all. We both gained weight as Esther’s pregnancy progressed—she produced a son, I produced a belly. Grade-Fail
Take a Race off the Bucket List-In 2013 I crossed the NYC 60K Race off my Bucket List. Feeling ambitious I set a goal of crossing another race of the Bucket List.
I had already signed up for the Scotland Run when I posted my Bucket List so I left it off the list. It was worth the six-year wait to run a 10K race in Central Park with a group of kilt-clad runners to the sounds of bagpipes. Grade-Partial Credit
Blog More-Needs no explanation. Grade—Fail
My 2015 Goals are:
Rediscover the joy of running-It’s not about setting PRs, placing in my age group, or team points. When I started running, it was pure enjoyment. Sunday afternoon I went on a group run with a few teammates. Running easy slow miles and laughing while we dodged puddles and looked for icy patches reminded me why I do this.
Find New Races-When I started running I picked races by going to the New York Road
The two reason for me to lose a few pounds and get healthier.
Runners Website and signing up. It was quick and easy. Changing things up last year, I raced under the lights on New Year’s Eve/Day, raced through a cemetery, through the streets and boardwalk of Long Beach, and finished a race in a football stadium. I hope to do more of the same this year and even race pushing Cristian in his jog stroller.
Be Healthier-A common resolution (a word I don’t use) is lose weight. When I stepped on the scale this morning it said 222 pounds, 19 more than last year. Although being lighter will probably produce faster race times, this goal is not about running. I’m a 50-year man with a beautiful wife and son; this is for them as it is for me.
Blog More-Let’s see if this is the year.