Friday, January 22, 2016

2015 Running and Racing Review

As far as goals go, once again I failed in some areas. I think I might try not setting goals for a year and just do what I need to do. Running mileage was almost the same as last year and I don't set a mileage goal since I seem to run enough. I did attend a lot of track and step workouts without setting a goal so I must enjoy those.

Goals accomplished (or not accomplished) for 2015:
I set a goal to do 75 weight workouts, 25 less than my goal last year when I failed to complete 100. I completed 24, 3 less than my big fail of 27 last year. I had to move my equipment in November 2014 but still not a good excuse for this fail. The year was stressful but I need to learn to cope better, get more workouts, and make better use of my time which I think I went overboard in December in this area.  Finally, my equipment is back in its place so hopefully I will do better in the future once I am done painting.

I set a goal to take 2 - 3 short breaks with 3 - 4 consecutive days of no running.  I managed 10 breaks this year and took 3 in December (a very stressful month).  I had 5 in 2014.

I had a goal to clean up back yard and plant stuff and this was completed although I cleaned most of it up and hired a company to do the rest. Just need to reseed grass this spring.

I didn't get the house decluttering done which I had planned to do after basement construction project. That is now almost complete after 14 months so will work on this year.

I had hoped to use 6 weeks vacation to get balance down to around 240 hours before end of the year but ended up with over 330 hours at the end of the year. I had planned to take off time to paint the basement but since they were working during the day I ended up spending late nights and weekends painting myself to exhaustion in the month of December.

Total Miles:
2015 - 2588
2014 - 2683 (yes, the exact same as 2012)
2013 - 2405
2012 - 2683
2011 - 2460
2010 - 2839
2009 - 2675
2008 – 3014
2007 – 2572
2006 – 1937
2005 – 2090
2004 - ~1000

Marathons (31 total):
2015 - (1) Heart of America Marathon (BQ)
2014 - (1) Heart of America Marathon (BQ)
2013 - (2) Heart of America Marathon (BQ), Kansas City Marathon (BQ)
2012 - (2) Post Oak Trail Marathon, Heart of America Marathon
2011 - (2) Berryman Trail Marathon, Heart of America Marathon (BQ)
2010 - (2) Go! St Louis Marathon (BQ), Heart of America Marathon (BQ)
2009 - (5) Disney Marathon (BQ and Sub-3 hr), 3 Days of Syllamo (Trail), Boston Marathon (BQ and Sub-3 hr), Heart of America Marathon (BQ and Course PR), Louis & Clark Marathon (BQ and Sub-3 hr)
2008 - (4) Boston Marathon (BQ and PR), Laughing Out Loud Marathon, Heart of America Marathon (BQ), Twin Cities Marathon (BQ)
2007 - (5) Laughing Out Load, Berryman (First Trail Marathon - placed
4th), Heart of America (BQ), Baltimore Marathon (BQ), Bass Pro
Marathon
2006 - (3) Flying Pig (BQ), Heart of America (BQ, Chicago (BQ)
2005 - (3) Mad City, Heart of America (BQ), Portland (BQ)
2004 - (1) Heart of America

Ultramarathons (48 total):
2015 - (8) 3 Days of Syllamo 50K, 3 Days of Syllamo 50 mi, Berryman Trail 50 mi, Psycho Psummer 50K, Mark Twain 50 mi, Rock Bridge Revenge 50K, Defiance 50K, Ozark Trail 100
2014 - (7) 3 Days of Syllamo 50K, 3 Days of Syllamo 50 mi, Berryman Trail 50 mi, Mohican 100 mi, Barkley Fall Classic 50K, Rock Bridge Revenge 50K, Big's Backyard Ultra 104 mi
2013 - (4) Land Between the Lakes 50 mi, Berryman Trail 50 mi, Psycho Psummer 50K, Leadville Trail 100 mi
2012 - (9) Post Oak 50K, 3 Days of Syllamo 50K, 3 Days of Syllamo 50 mi, Free State Trail 100K, Berryman Trail 50 mi, Kettle Moraine 100K (PR), Psycho Psummer 50K, Burning River 100 mi, Big Dog's Backyard Ultra 104 mi
2011 - (5) Psycho Wyco 50K, Grand Canyon 47 mi, Psycho Psummer 50K, Rock Bridge Revenge 50K, Pumpkin Holler 100 mi (PR)
2010 - (6) Psycho Wyco 50K, Free State Trail 100K (PR), Kettle Moraine 100 mi (PR), Flatrock 50K, Rock Bridge Revenge 50K, Ozark Trail 100 mi
2009 - (4) 3 Days of Syllamo 50 mi, Psycho Wyco 50K, Berryman 50 mi, Q50 Ultramarathon 50K (PR)
2008 – (4) 3 Days of Syllamo 50K, 3 Days of Syllamo 50 mi, Berryman 50 mi, Rock Creek Trail 50K
2007 - (1) Hocking Hills Indian Run 60K

Number of each type of races for 2015:
100 mi - 1
50 mi - 3
50K - 4
Marathon – 1
Half Marathon - 1
20K - 1
10 mi - 1
10K - 5
4 mi - 3
5K - 11
1 mi - 1

10 are Thursday night trail races - 14 total free races.

Total running miles run in 32 races: 519 miles (2014 - 31 races – 555 mi)

States I ran marathons and ultras in 2015 (4): AR, MO, WA (new)
All states I have run marathons and ultras (18): AR, AZ, CO, FL, IL, LA, KS, KY, MA,MD, MN, MO, OH, OK, OR, TN, WA, WI

2015 PR in 4 mi
2014 PR in 4 mi
2013 PR in 50 mi
2012 PRs in 25K, 100K
2011 PRs in 4 mi, 10K, 100 mi
2010 PRs in 1 mi, 4 mi, 10 mi, half marathon, 3/4 marathon, 100K, 100 mi
2009 PRs in 5K, 25K, half marathon, and 50K
2008 PRs in 5K, 5 mi, 10K, 10 mi, marathon, 50K, 50 mi
2007 PRs in 5K, 4 mi, 8K, 5 mi, 10K, 10 mi
2006 PRs in 20K, half Marathon, and marathon

Goals for 2016 (scared to make any but here goes):
1.  Continue weight lifting and try to get at least 50 workouts for the year (deadline Dec 31)

2. Take 2 - 3 short breaks from running during the year with at least 3 - 4 consecutive days of no running. (deadline Dec 31)

3.  Declutter house including basement and garage

4.  Use about 7 weeks vacation to get balance down to around 240 hours before end of 2016 (deadline Dec 31)

5. Have more fun. Not sure what I have in mind but I am going to try.

Races planned for 2016:
January - Runner's Choice 10K
February - Nut Race 5K
March - Super Scout 5K, St Patrick's Day 5K, Sedalia Half Marathon
April - Ozark Foothills 50K, Mustang Stampede 5K?, Flat Rock 100K
May - Berryman Trail 50 miler
June - Jeff Shikles 8K?, maybe a 100 miler somewhere either in June or August
July - Parley Pratt 4 mi, Show-Me Games 10K
August - Great Sandbagger 10K
September - Heart of America Marathon, Barkley Classic 50K
October – Rock Bridge Revenge 50K, Backyard Ultra
November - Thanksgiving Day Pie Run 10K
December - Cheese and  Sauerkraut 10 miler, Columbia Eve Fest 5K
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