I guess there's no time like 20 days after New Year's to share a wrap-up of the 2014 goals I never got around to posting about! This wasn't really out of privacy, but laziness -- the post was sitting in my drafts folder this whole time.
My one & only 2014 running goal: PR in the marathon: 3:4X at the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon in April.
- Result: Done! I PR'd at Kentucky by over about 13 minutes. I got my 3:4x (3:45:02).
I also had a modest bike goal: to ride my bike again & maybe even enjoy it. I was never a timid cyclist; I was someone who used to exit Central Park at the Apple Store and cruise down Fifth Ave "for fun." But after my crash, things changed. I wanted to at least try riding my bike again, and see if I could find a way to feel safe enough to remember how fun it can be.
- Result: Early in 2014, I got back on my bike again for the first time post-crash. In May I rode a metric century on quiet rural roads, and after that I rode casually around as my comfort level allowed. It's coming back, slowly. I'm trying to be patient with it.
(Slowly) return to horseback riding: I wanted to fill in the holes in my flatwork by taking some dressage lessons. I also wanted to continue to abstain from the equestrian blogosphere and social media. It brings out a fierce, sad jealousy in me that would totally ruin everything.
- Result: I did keep riding, but I didn't take any lessons. I did stay away from horse blogs, thank god. But I haven't really ridden since November, when we bought/started renovating a house and I started training for Tobacco Road. I had to give something up and this was it (upon hearing this news, my 13-year old self would be shocked & speechless..)
As far as 2015, I've been thinking about whether there are any running goals that feel important to me this year. I started training for Tobacco Road with an ambition to qualify for Boston -- a goal I carried around with me everywhere -- at work, on my commute, when I was trying to fall asleep at night. And yet, mysteriously, now that training is well underway the feeling has started to wane. I know better than to trust a feeling like that -- the time goals I get so amped about before marathon training always seem to fade away once training is underway and my attention turns to the immediate physical and logistical concerns: getting the day's workout in, stretching and rolling out my aches and pains, staying ahead of my carb needs and getting tons of sleep (marathon training sounds pretty nice when I describe it that way!)
Anyway, more on 2015 goals later. Or not!