2015 was an interesting year. It began with a terrible loss. My Father’s death contributed to a significant layoff from my running career. Over a 24 week period, I averaged just 6.1 miles a week, often not running at all. What finally got me back on the road with consistency was signing up for the Chicago Marathon. I dedicated my training to Dad’s memory. Dad was a “keep at it until you’re done” kind of guy, so that meant I worked really hard getting ready for Chicago.
Still, the majority of my “time off” fell in 2015, and so I logged 40 fewer miles than I did in 2014… but that said, I worked harder. I added the pool and the bike to my workout routines, and my time spent in aerobic exercise was up compared to 2014.
As 2015 gets tucked away in the back of the closet, here’s what’s in the metaphorical shoe-box:
- 971.33 miles run in 6 days, 21 hours, 58 minutes, and 38 seconds.
- Average pace: 10:15 per mile; 22 seconds per mile slower than 2014.
- Money raised for charity: $5,200.20 for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, plus little bits and pieces for assorted other charities along the way.
- Four Ragnar races… Cape Cod, New England Trail, Reach the Beach, and Adirondacks. These races are the highlight of my year. In a sport that can become very solitary, it is in the relay that I strengthen my friendships within the running community.
- 183 miles of racing… in addition to the Ragnar races mentioned above, there were three 5Ks (including a personal best of 24:45), two 10Ks (PR of 53:27 at a mile altitude), three half marathons (PR of 1:49:16), and two marathons, Chicago and Manchester (PR of 4:27:42).
- My first bike road rally (50K).
Interesting that in a year that my average mile was 22 seconds slower, I ran personal bests in each of the major race distances.
I’ll be back soon with the game plan for 2016, but the short version is this. A couple of Ragnars (the Cape Cod team is already formed), and likely fewer races overall, but all set up to support the objective of running faster and stronger. Oh, and I plan to tri something new, too.