Another Thinking Out Loud Thursday – linking up with Amanda at Running with Spoons.
This week we are going to do things a bit differently. Meaning, no random Thursday thoughts but more of a focus on what I think will be happening in 2016 in terms of running.
2015 was an interesting year. In my mind, I think it was a crappy year because of my stupid leg injury. However, when looking at my running wall, I notice that 3 out of 4 PB bibs are from 2015. I managed to PB in the 5K, 10K and half marathon. I probably would have had no problems PBing the marathon if I had one on my calendar. Yet – I remain a bit frustrated. I had to drop out of races and alter my training schedule. Then, at STWM, when I should have had a huge PB, I had toilet wait time and weaving through crowds that cost me way too many minutes (yes, I will take some cheese with my whine now).
BUT – there are a few things that I noted about 2015 that makes me excited about 2016 including:
- I believe I do have the ability to go sub-2:00 with a bit more training.
- Because of the short training period, I didn’t have enough time to get sub-2 ready, but felt very comfortable running a 2:10 pace at STWM
- I felt VERY comfortable running a half marathon at STWM. Yes – I hurt the last 3KM, but I didn’t slow down
- Even though I hurt, I don’t slow down – actually I tend to run faster (whaattt)
- Running faster is getting easier
So what is up for 2016?
There are only two races on my race calendar for sure: Ottawa Race Weekend (Half Marathon) and STWM (Marathon).
Ottawa Race Weekend’s half marathon should be easy enough to train for. I managed to train for STWM while working full time and because of some job changes, I do know that I should have more than enough time to train after school in the spring. I know some people wanted me to run the full marathon at TORW – but I am heavy into track at that point and a marathon just doesn’t make sense. I only have so much time.
STWM is scheduled to be my Fall marathon. Whether it stays as a marathon is up in the air. My decision will probably come in September when I run Army Run again. If I feel like I can get to 32KM in a long run, then it will happen. If not – half marathon it is! We did decide though, that if I attempt the marathon, we are taking the Monday off from work because we felt very rushed after STWM. I want to have time for my post-race beverages!
Other than that – I have no races on the agenda, except Army Run will most likely be happening. I am looking out for a 5K and 10K race to sign up for. I haven’t been to a MEC race in awhile, so I would like to try and go to one of their races again. I’m also thinking that Emilie’s Run will happen in 2016 for my 5K PB attempt. I also think that Jane should join me in that 5K 😉
What am I planning on doing now?
Since it is the “off season” I have one goal in mind for the next few months: Learn how to run more efficiently.
Any injuries I’ve had come from my running form. I am a bit of a wiggly runner. Actually, when looking at race videos, I think that I would probably make a good race walker! Anyways…..I have a pretty wicked cross over gait that needs fixing. It is bad enough that it causes me to look very wiggly when I run – and really is not efficient. When I start to run faster, it causes too much strain on my legs and that is when I get injured. Feel free to view my videos on the STWM and Ottawa Race Weekend photo websites to see what I look like when I’m run. I will say that my video from STWM shows an improvement – I did feel a bit more steady. However, there is still work that needs to be done. I am probably hard on myself – but you also have to remember that I comment and correct on other people’s form multiple times a week.
For the next few weeks/months – I will be focusing on improving my running form.
What that means is that I will be spending more time at GoodLife Fitness, strengthening areas that are weak (hello, core!) and running shorter distances with periods of time when I focus on my form. I will be doing lots of A’s, B’s and other assorted running drills to help me use the muscles that don’t seem to be working all that well. One thing that really worked for me during the STWM training cycle was spending one day a week at GoodLife. I only ran 4x a week, but “worked out” 5x a week (or more). Apparently cross and strength training works!
What I need to do is focus. I no longer have a problem running 5-10KM on any given day. I would like to get faster and in order to do that, I need to not “do the twist” when I run. I’m rather excited about the possibilities 2016 has to offer. It should be an exciting racing season!
Perhaps 2016 will be the year that I smash all four PBs!
Have a great Thursday!
This post was written as part of the GoodLife Fitness Blogger Ambassador Program, however all opinions expressed are my own