Where in the heck did 2015 go?
How it is already the middle of December?
As the new year approaches, I get super excited about planning for all of the awesome things that I want to do in 2016.
But, before I do that…
They say, “Look back to where you have been, for a clue to where you are going”
Not sure who “they” are, but this quote is legit, people.
Anyway, let’s talk about the 2015 running season.
As I mentioned back on one of my first blog posts this year, “The Last 18 Months“, I recovered from a pretty crazy injury that I sustained during marathon training in 2013.
Yep, I am THAT person.
The one who runs through injuries and then is forced to take an entire year off.
But, I digress…
(If you are interested in reading about that, check out the link above).
I started the 2015 season in January about 60 lbs overweight, and barely able to run 1/2 a mile.
I remember those first few days…
They TOTALLY sucked.
My back was killing me, I couldn’t breathe, my calves were cramping, and my shins felt like they were on fire.
But, I knew that on the other side of the pain was something glorious.
I remember finishing my first half marathon, the SLO Half, and bawling like a little school girl at the finish.
It’s my race and I will cry if I want to, thank you very much.
I finished that race in 2:19.20.
It was the slowest race I had run in my entire life by about 15 minutes.
Accepting the fact that I was no longer a sub 2 half marathoner was extremely humbling.
I had to stop focusing on being the best…
And getting PRs.
I learned to appreciate running for what it was, something I loved.
I am still no where close to where I was back in 2013…
My half marathon time is still about 14 minutes off my PR.
I am still about 30 lbs heavier than I would like to be.
I have dropped 8 minutes off of my Half Marathon time.
I have lost 30 lbs.
I ran 9… count ’em… 9 Half Marathons in 2015.
Women’s Running Magazine published a few of my blog posts.
I became a BibRave Ambassador.
Those are HUGE accomplishments!
I am so proud of all of them!
Feeling down about where your running is now?
Do what I just did…
Look at how far you have come!
Focus on your accomplishments.
I bet you will look at things a little bit differently.
I am ready to kick 2016’s a$$.