The End of Running Season 2015


Where in the heck did 2015 go?

Seriously.

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.

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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.

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 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.

Something magical.

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.

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I had to stop focusing on being the best…

Winning races…

And getting PRs.

I learned to appreciate running for what it was, something I loved.

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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.

But…

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!

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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$$.

Bring it!

 -RatherBeRunnin’

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21 thoughts on “The End of Running Season 2015

  1. Melissa @ See Dav Run says:

    Great points! I get lost thinking about how my progress is stagnated and don’t have the same gains I did when I first started. I’ve started measuring success in different ways – longer distance, new routes, fun types of races. I’m a happier runner because of it.

    Congrats on a killer year – that’s a lot of halfs! Hope 2016 is everything you want and more!

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  2. prairieprincessrunners says:

    I have taken off about 6 months in 2015. Barely raced. I miss it horribly, but needed to heal my hip flexor. Slowly getting better. This post really put it all into perspective though. This wasn’t a great year, but it’s helped me focus on other things (re-discovered my love of swimming, tried a new sport – curling and it is oddly fun, and I started a new job) and I know it will make me a better runner during my hopeful comeback in 2016. 🙂

    I wish you all the best and fast feet in 2016!

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    • RatherBeRunnin' says:

      Exactly. I am so glad that my post was able to help you. Running is a process. Be thankful for where you are now because it will help you become stronger in the future. 🙂 You have to take care of yourself first! I am so glad that you have found some new sports that you love, that is awesome!!!!

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  3. Rebecca Royy says:

    Awesome/positive post! I went out for a run this morning while it was still dark and was engaged in a giant self pity party. Then a meteor flew by in the southern sky, and helped me out everything back in perspective. We ate small, the universe is large….and at least we’re out here trying!

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  4. tamsynsmith says:

    I completely agree with you – I’ve had a couple of negative weeks, but then I’ve looked at the bigger picture and it’s made me feel better.

    Well done on having such a long list of awesome achievements in a single year 😀

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