Friday, January 01, 2016

Start of a New Year

Ugh. Just like in 2015, I am starting this year sick. Yay for new traditions? I was excited to throw on my trail shoes and head out for a run on Saturday morning, but now I'm not sure that is going to happen. Oh, well.

But I DID start the morning out doing something very exciting-- I registered for my first 50 miler! Hooray! It's at Sun Mountain, the scene of my first 50k. Last night I went in to full-blown freak-out mode because I realized they changed the 50 mile course from last year so now it follows the exact same 50k course, then 20 more miles of the same course. That isn't nearly as exciting to me as running an almost 100% loop course (there was a small section that was repeated). After going back and forth I decided to register, anyways. The race will sell out quickly and at least I know I really love the course. Plus it helps A LOT that friends have also signed up for the race. So, that's all set! Yay 50 miler in 2016!

2015 was a huge year for me . . . . can 2016 top it? My biggest concern is being healthy enough to reach my goals. I didn't have any side-lining injuries in 2015, which was HUGE. Can only hope 2016 will be as good to me. 

I have some smaller goals for the new year, other than run a 50 miler. Last year I focused hard on doing my stretching/PT exercises/foam rolling as many days of the year as I could. Remember my beautiful chart from last January?

Here is what it looked like at the end of the year!

I am proud of my efforts. Definitely room for improvement, though. Ideally I would do them 6 out of 7 days a week (I did enjoy one day off from all exercise). The days I did my stretches/exercises/foam rolling it took at least half an hour, so it was a significant amount of time on top of my regular training. 

So, my 2016 goal is to aim to do my extra stuff 6/7 days a week. I am not sure I will track with a calendar again, but maybe. I do know having it right on the wall where I see it several times a day made me accountable! 

Here's to a big year!

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