End of Year Reflection

This wasn’t the running year I wanted or expected, but it’s coming to a close regardless. My mileage and total number of runs were both low, but I can absolutely say I’ve rested! Nothing hurts and I feel more refreshed than I would have expected.

I’m starting to put together a race schedule for 2015. I’ve already decided to run the Sybil Ludington 50k in April, which will get my training back on track and give me an early-ish race to look forward to.  As of this moment I also play to attempt 50 miles again and I’m eyeing some races in Pennsylvania to get that goal accomplished. I’m also looking closer to home at more timed runs, which I just enjoy the hell out of.  Read More

Running at the Back of the Pack

Yesterday, I happened upon a Facebook post made by the folks at Runner’s World Magazine:


I was curious, so I followed the link to the blog post they were talking about, written by Heather Gannoe at her blog:  http://relentlessforwardcommotion.com/2014/06/the-reality-of-the-back-of-the-pack-heartbreak-hill-half-marathon/.

I read the post with a lot of interest because I am a slow runner. I have a first place age group award for a 2-mile race and a second place age group award for a 5k, both of which had a very small field. But those two races are exceptions for me; I am consistently 30% away from the back, no matter what the distance. Judging from the number of comments on both the FB post and the blog post, Heather’s experience struck a nerve. It certainly did for me. Read More

New Year, No Goals Yet

Wow! I can’t believe we’re three weeks into January and I haven’t made a 2014 post yet!

I typically cut way back on running through December and January, so it’s kind of a quiet rest time. I set a modest goal of 50 miles for this month, just to give me a little bit of motivation. I’m at 32 miles and it has been tough to get even that many, given our blizzard conditions and sub-zero temperatures.

So far this year I’ve registered for two shorter races: the Cherry Tree 10-Mile, which I run every February, and the Brooklyn Half Marathon in May. I haven’t run the Brooklyn Half since 2011 and I haven’t run a half marathon since the Staten Island Half later that year. I’m sure it will be fun, but I haven’t yet decided how hard to train for it. Read More