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A Look Back, and Ahead

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2017 was a fun one for me.

Miles: 1699 (a PR). Previous most was 1439.

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Runs: 228  (a PR). Previous most was 202

Strength Workouts: 218

Highlights:

Syracuse Half (1:44:21). I used this as a post-winter fitness gauge. I wasn’t expecting a PR and didn’t get one. But I learned that a good summer of training would get me there.41AROZED7dZs3fA1m3GXkxrHdmc4S0-DxL1kROUI1LgRf3g3fC_7JIqo4hs2OdgAir3F9lMYJZM2c4P3pic-GmOjN92VFI1uyeUHyeKF-I4hl76PULI0giC-KesL-tf67FTwXlHN

 

Finger Lakes 50k (7:48:46). Another opportunity to learn how long I can handle uncomfortableness. There were low points along the way, but in the end we were happily splashing around in the slop of the Finger Lakes National Forest.

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Wineglass Half (1:37:41 - PR). A day for me to learn how far I’ve come in running and racing. And in being comfortable meeting a bunch of strangers for the first time (I just don’t ever do that).

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So what’s next?

I suppose it would make sense to say I want to run 1800 miles and/or improve my half PR. But I’m not sure that would make me happy. I’ll continue to keep track of those things, just because I like following the numbers. I could say I want to increase my road racing distance and do my first marathon, but my half times are still going down, and that’s pretty intriguing. I’ve toyed with the idea of becoming a trails-only guy. That’s not out of the question for “someday”, but I think I’ll stay hybrid for now. Run lots of trails, but run fast on roads a lot, too. They’re both lots of fun.

Goals? I don’t think I’ll do that this year. My objective with this running thing is always to arrive at the start line healthy and happy, but those are hard to measure, so it’s tough to make a concrete goal out of them. Let’s call it a focus rather than a goal. I will focus on giving every run and workout a purpose without stressing over splits, heartrate, and elevation gain.

I’m thinking 4 races this year. I’ve signed up for a 20 mile trail race in April and the Wineglass Half. The other two will be an August half and a 50k.

I’m looking forward to crossing a few milestones as well. This summer will mark my 25th anniversary with my bride, I’ll join the M50-54 AG, and I should pass 10,000 miles lifetime.

2018 should be another fun one.

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I really like what you said about it being a focus and not a goal.  I'm going to borrow that and use it!

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17 minutes ago, TreeGirl said:

I really like what you said about it being a focus and not a goal.  I'm going to borrow that and use it!

I argued with myself for a while about that. I like goals to give me something to strive for, but I can't make an Excel chart on happiness.

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As a fellow engineer, you had me at bar charts. 

And FYI, a really good way to drop your half time is to train for a marathon. I dropped 6 minutes from my PR without really training after my first marathon.

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3 hours ago, Gonzo Runner said:

As a fellow engineer, you had me at bar charts. 

And FYI, a really good way to drop your half time is to train for a marathon. I dropped 6 minutes from my PR without really training after my first marathon.

Thanks - that's kind of what I did for the half PR, except it was the 50k training that did it. 

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