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2015 Running Goal Check-up

Wow!  It’s the last day of June and we’re halfway there.  Being halfway to 2016 means it’s time for a 2015 running goal check-up.  I like to look back at my goals when I’m halfway for a few reasons.  During these hot summer months a running goal check-up keeps me motivated by showing how far I’ve come in six months.  It also helps me stay focused.  Some of these goals I think about frequently but other slip through the cracks every now and then.  You can lean what and why I chose these specific 2015 running goals in this post but here’s a quick review of what they are.

Run 1,500 miles.
After this morning’s run, I’ve logged 717 miles.  I have a group run this evening for a another four that will bring my halfway there total to 721.  Even though my miles won’t total half of 1,500, I’m confident I’ll hit this goal.  I have to average roughly 30 miles per week to nail it and with a pair of back to back half marathons, some big long runs coming when the weather cools off, it’s easily within reach.  This is kind of an arbitrary goal but it gives me something to work towards and I’m not sure I’ll set the same kind of ‘miles to run’ goal for 2016.

Run my first 20 miler.
This will definitely happen.  I had originally planned to get it checked off this summer but it has been so unacceptably hot thus far, I’m not in a big hurry.  After hemming and hawing about what marathon to make my first, I finally settled on Newport News, VA’s One City Marathon next March.  With close to 37 weeks until I toe the line, there’s plenty of time to rack up long running goal check-upruns of this or longer distances without risking a heat stroke.

Check 5 more states of the 50 states+DC list
I am well on my way to hitting this goal.  I checked off Arizona in January, DC in March, Kansas and Maryland in May (recaps of all those races are here) and am heading to Illinois for Rock n Roll Chicago in three short weeks.  With Connecticut and Rhode Island on the schedule for October, hotel rooms booked and road trip planned, this goal is looking pretty good.  I might even add a PR attempt in the late fall or early December, hopefully checking off one more in the last stretch.

Break a 1:35.00 half marathon (PR)
I was definitely on course to hit this goal in the spring.  My RnR DC race was really solid over a hilly course and I felt good heading into my target race.  Unfortunately the weather was hot and humid for both chances I had.  In Kansas my knee gave me trouble and in Maryland I physically fell apart in the very warm temperatures.  After such a frustrating month of May, I took a step back and decided to concentrate on 5k/10k for the fall.  But….I don’t think I can do that.  I’m definitely looking at a possible goal race in the early winter because I know I can reach this one.

That’s my mid-2015 running goals check-up!  Things are moving along nicely and I’m looking forward to continued success as the year rolls on.

Meredith

How are your 2015 goals going?

I’m MAD Excited for #NoExcuses 2015

noexcusesIt’s Race Week and thanks to non-stop rain yesterday, I traded my 30 minute tempo run for 45 minutes of mobility drills, stretching, core work and a few yoga poses.  One upside of not wanting to get wet and catch a cold was a few minutes of extra time to work on my SweatPink #NoExcuses challenge.  I’m all about pushing myself and having the chance to win cool prizes for tweeting, Facebooking and blogging with #NoExcuses seemed like a good idea to me!

One of the #NoExcuse challenge’s first tasks was to do to any variety of 30 second planks yesterday.  I did 3×30 second regular planks and 3×30 second L-sits on paralettes.  After my little core workout, it was on to the first blog challenge!  I’ll be filling out this Mad Lib and asking you to join me in the #NoExcuses challenge with your own.noexcuses

  • Hey 2015, it’s me Meredith (nickname, spirit animal, real name, blog name)

  • This year I would like to break 1:35.00 in a half marathon, cook a wider variety of meals and read more.

  • It would also be super duper awesome if I also take a real vacation this year. It’s not a resolution, though, just a reminder to myself to try and have the best year yet because racecations don’t really count.

  • The thing I am looking forward to most this year is learning!

  • I’ll use the one thing that truly gets me out of bed in the morning which is work to help me get up, get moving (verb) and get after my #NoExcuses 2015.

  • Speaking of excuses (ahem), my very favorite excuse is the weather and I have used it to get out of doing workouts and chores on more than 15 (number) occasions.

  • I vow to move my body and be more healthy this year even if it means I have to get wet, cold and sandy.

  • Even if my alarm clock gets eaten by the dog in the middle of the night, I’ll still wake up at 450a.

  • I will stop blaming the ______ [ex: kids, dog, husband] for eating the rest of the ____ when everyone knows it was really me. (This has yet to happen.  But the dog did clean out a few Cheerios left in a bowl on a table once.)

  • My desire for naps are not the reason I make excuses. I will show my naptime who’s boss this year and get my run on.

  • I know that any exercise is better than none.

  • I will reward myself by eating cake.  And drinking wine.

  • No Excuses 2015 has just begun and already I am imagining myself a winner. I can’t wait to rock a hoodie from Augusta Active. I can’t wait till my sweaty friends are jealous of how fresh, clean and fragrant I am between workouts with help from ShowerPill body wipes. I can see myself rocking thrusters in new Capri Me leggings from Actio926 and looking fit and fly while doing it. And of course, I’ll be taking my workouts to the next level and improving my nutrition with my new ActivMotion Bar to help me train for my next half marathon with Sasquatch Racing.

  • Oh, and let’s not forget how amazing my sports bra will smell in my / during my long run after washing with some WIN Detergent. And lastly, I’ll keep rocking my 2015 with clean eats and nutrition from Beaming with Health!

  • Tag, Tweet, shout-out, call, text, fax or email 3 friends to take this survey and share how they will have a #NoExcuses 2015. Remind your friends to simply fill in the underlined parts!

  • Use the #NoExcuses hashtag and post to win prizes from Augusta Active, ShowerPill, ActivMotion Bar, WIN Detergent, Actio926, Beaming with Health, and Sasquatch Racing.

Meredith

Will you join me in the #NoExcuses Challenge?!

A Few 2015 Running Goals

I did a pretty good job of accomplishing the things I set out to in 2014.  My 2015 running goals include a little bit of everything.  I’ll be increasing my distance, improving speed and most importantly, having fun.

Run 1,500 miles.  I ran 1,446 in 2014 and had a very successful running year.  I don’t want to run into an injury or end up over trained so I’m upping it a little bit while still giving myself some flexibility.  This is an average of just under 29 miles a week if I ran a steady number over each week of the year, but that won’t be happening.  There will be a few rest weeks of less than 15 and some heavy weeks of more than 50 to balance things out.

Run my first 20 miler.  Then maybe a few more.  A part of my maybe a marathon, I’d like to just go out there and give it a shot to see how I respond to some serious stress.  I’ll also have to start figuring out when and what kind of fuel I’ll need to be successful at those longer distances.  What better time than now?

Break 1:35.00 in a half marathon.  If I’m going to rack up the miles, they’d better be effective.  My current PR was set at a pace of 7:20 per mile, even though I ran 13.3 miles of race course to finish in 1:37.24 instead of 1:36.08.  To hit this goal I’ll have to average 7:14 miles while nailing 13.1 miles on the head.  I’m excited to have a new goal to work towards with Rock n Roll Arizona on the horizon as a starting point and ready to put a training schedule together.

Race in 5 states.  I’m moving along with my goal to run a half marathon in all 50 states (plus DC) and as of today have 42 left to cover.  I’ll check the first one for 2015 off at Rock n Roll Arizona in two weeks then DC in March and Kansas in May.  I’m aiming for Baltimore in October and leaning towards a big fall racecation at the Smuttynose Rockfest Half two weeks before Maryland.

Those are my 2015 running goals and after an easy 3 miler to break the year in yesterday, I’m ready to get down to business!

Meredith

What are your 2015 running goals?

2014 in Review: Running, Blogging, Learning

Another year is drawing to a close and 2014 seemed to fly by faster than the last.  It was an exciting year of running adventures, traveling and lots of learning.

As 2014 rolled in, I established both personal and professional goals for the next 12 months.  My personal goals revolved around running, including logging 1,200 miles and clocking a sub 1:40.00 half marathon before the summer began.  My professional goals were to get my USA Track and Field Level I certification, grow FitNicePT and potentially write an e-book.  Now that 2014 is on the way out and learning2015 is knocking on the door, it’s time to take a look back at the last 365 days.

I nailed one of my running goals by PRing under 1:40.00 twice before summer and again in October at 1:37.24.  My racing year was very exciting and if you want to read all about it, here it is!  I exceeded my second running goal by running 1,445 miles in 2014.  Staying injury free was a huge bonus and I credit it to listening to my body in combination with consistent strength training.

My professional goals were not so easy to gauge.  I did receive my USA Track and Field Level I Coaching certification in March and the three-day course was a great learning experience.  I also took FitNicePT in a different direction and struggled with where I wanted to go.  Instead of writing an e-book, I took a lot of time to learn and use Twitter to help build a strong voice for my brand and gave more time to my blogs.  I love sharing my passion and knowledge while helping others reach their goals.  Being a part of the RunChat and BibRave clearningommunities has been very rewarding and while an e-book longer than 140 characters is still potentially on the horizon, I’m happy to be a part of the online running community on a daily basis.

Between my USATF coaching course, various continuing education efforts and some blogging trial and error, I did a lot of learning in 2014.  I stretched my long runs longer than ever before, lifted heavier weights than I thought I could, reached out to brands and businesses I never thought I could and look forward to taking those lessons with me into 2015.

What are my goals for 2015?  I have a Rock n Roll Phoenix and Rock n Roll DC on the calendar but am not aiming for a PR at either event.  I want to continue to grow the FitNicePT brand and need to choose the best way to do that.  I’ll spend some serious time thinking about it over the next few days and can’t wait to share what I decide.

Meredith

What was your biggest accomplishment of 2014?  Did you reach all of your goals?

2014 Year in Racing Review

The holidays are going strong, the end of 2014 is approaching and that means it’s time for my 2014 Year in Racing Review!  It was an exciting twelve months with both successes and failures teaching me a lot.  I laid out my goals for this year in a Happy New Year post while doing a good job of keeping the lessons of 2013 in mind.

I haven’t reflected on my 2014 yearly goals in a while and now that I am, I’m proud of what I accomplished.  I did a much better job of trusting my training during 2014’s year in racing than I have in the past, managed to stay away from mile adding traffic as much as possible during races and had some serious fun on a few race courses.  You can check out all of my reviews and 2014 year in racingrecaps here and find slightly edited versions on this wonderful race research site but here’s a quick summary:

  • I ran 11 races in 2014: One 5k, one 8k, one 10k and eight half marathons earning some massive medals.
  • I PR’ed at the half marathon distance three times, hitting my 2014 goal of breaking 1:40.00 before the summer with 1:39.08 (March), 1:38.42 (April) and 1:37.24 (October).  I also PR’ed at the 10k distance, 43:27 (September).
  • I won my age group for the first and second times, went back-to-back second at the EquiKids 5k and was first overall female once on a hot, humid morning.
  • I checked five states off my list: New Jersey, Delaware, Tennessee, South Carolina and Nevada, leaving 41 and DC to go.
  • I paced my first half marathon in September.

It’s really hard to choose a favorite from my 2014 Year in Racing because I had fun at so many.  My first pacing experience is close to the top but it’s hard to have more fun than hitting a PR.  I’d say my top three were RnR VB, Rehoboth and Nashville.  Las Vegas was definitely my worst racing moment but it also taught me a few things about flying to race that I’m glad I learned early on in my travels.

I haven’t nailed down my goals for 2015’s Year in Racing quite yet but can say for certain I’ll be going after a sub-1:37.00 in Phoenix next month.  I’ll be putting some thought into the upcoming twelve months of running over the next few weeks and can’t wait to share my 2015 targets with you!

Meredith

How was your 2014 Year in Racing?  What was your biggest highlight?

More than Halfway through 2014

Happy 4th of July!  We’re halfway through 2014 already.  OK, a little past the halfway point but either way, this year is flying by and I’m excited for what the second half will bring with it.  At the close of 2013 I set several personal and professional goals for the upcoming year.  Now we’re halfway halfway through 2014through and when I take a look back I think I’ve done a pretty good job.  Let’s review:

Goal #1:  Run 1,200 miles.  As of 30 June my grand total was 803.14 miles and that puts me well on my way.  With four half marathons coming up in the second half I have every confidence I’ll hit, and likely exceed, my 1,200 mile goal.  Halfway through 2014 and I’ve been 100% injury free even with the increasing weekly miles I’ve been racking up in the heat lately.  This leaves me ready to tackle Fall 2014 with fresh, strong legs.

Goal #2:  Half marathon PR under 1:40:00 before summer hit.  I nailed this one!  Twice, actually.  I ran a 1:39.09 at the Shamrock in March in spite of the windy conditions.  Really happy to have hit my goal with April Fool’s still to come, I relaxed between the races and was surprised to see that I had crossed the Atlantic City Finish Line at 1:38:42.  New goal:  1:37.30 to kick off Fall 2014 at Myrtle Beach.

Goal #3:  Grow FitNicePT.  I’ve done an OK job with this but could definitely do more.  I’ve attended a couple networking events and am much more attentive to social media.  I’m struggling a bit as I try to figure out how to transition from concentrating on personal and group fitness to focus more on running based programming and coaching.  I have great clients and am very lucky I get to start my day with sunrises on the beach three days a week and even though I’m in a down spot, I love what I do more than ever.

Goal #4:  Write an ebook.  Halfway through 2014 and I have barely thought about this!  I enjoy writing, obviously, and would love to write an ebook, but guess I have writer’s block. When I do sit down and think about blog posts I could expand into a book I manage to talk myself out of whatever the idea is.  ‘It’s been done.’  ‘You’re not knowledgeable enough.’  With a little more thought and belief in myself (get it together, self!) I know I can, if not finish and publish, start working on something great.

Goal #5:  Attend a Coaching School and receive my USA Track and Field Level I Coaching Certification.  I did this in March (read about it here) and it was very educational.  I’d like to do my Level II in the next two or three years as I dive more fully into the world of running, coaching and racing.

Halfway through 2014 I think I might be in need of a new goal for the second half of 2014 other than my new half marathon PR goal.  I’m looking forward to racing in Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach, Las Vegas and Rehoboth this fall and can’t wait to see what else I can accomplish.

Meredith

How are your 2014 goals going?  Have you had to change, update or create new ones?

Bloody Sport

It’s Wednesday, which means four workouts down and three to go for the last time this summer.  After the success of my final Tuesday Two a Day until November yesterday, I’ll be dropping down to six workouts per seven days through race season starting next week.  Riding this week’s wave of good work, I was prepared to keep it up with a solid run today, regardless of the weather.  Lucky for me, a cool front rolled in after some storms last night and dropped temperatures down into the mid 70s with humidity less than 50% for the first time since The Great Cool Down.

It was the second day for my new shoes, and after going two for two with wet shoes, socks and feet my last two outdoor sessions, it was extra nice that my they all stayed dry from beginning to end.  On the slate this afternoon was a 50 minute tempo run, and I had set a goal of hitting at least 6.3 miles after my 45 minute tempo run last week left me a little short of where I wanted to be.  A stiff breeze that seemed to change direction just to be in my face all the time was only mildly annoying and it’s amazing what even slightly lower temperatures will do to help keep your heart rate and core temperature under control.  With the great conditions, everything was going swimmingly as I started increasing my pace at minute 15.  By minute 20 my key had started to bouncing around a little bit more than I liked in my pocket, so I stopped to string it through my shoelaces.  No big deal, and off I went again.  It was roughly 30 seconds later I felt the scraping.  My right middle toe was rubbing, pinching and whining, which was rather irritating, so I stopped and readjusted the key/shoelace situation before hitting my peak pace at minute 26 and running on to complete the full 50 minutes without any pain.

The outing was a success and I beat my goal of hitting 6.25 miles.  It almost made me sad to finish, not knowing when another round of beautiful weather will come around.  I was, in spite of my sadness, excited to see how much easier I had it in the gentler climate.  As I walked a little cool down, I thought how nice it was to start reaping the rewards of having recently powered through some tough outings in hot, humid, and altogether cruddy weather.  Only when I slipped off my shoes did I realize I had given more than I thought today.  My right middle toe had left my sock looking like it was in a war zone.  Blood everywhere.  White sock turned red and pink.  I never expected a tiny little toe could bleed so profusely, let alone a toe that didn’t even hurt.  Upon closer examination, I found the entire top side of my middle toe knuckle missing a layer of skin, and while I don’t know what caused it, I know what made it worse.  I will survive my latest running injury, and bleach my bloody sock, knowing I don’t hold it against the run, the shoe or the sock.

A great run in the books, a sock smothered in bleach and a toe bandage in waiting, it’s on to EquiKids this evening and strength training tomorrow.

Meredith