July 1, 2015

2015 Running goals update

After reading lots of midyear posts by other bloggers and runners, I thought it would be fun to look back on my six months of running and racing in 2015!  The year started off with a month of training with no races.  January was a very quiet month, keeping a base and starting my Boston Marathon training.

My first race of the year was the Princess Half Marathon and it was my fifth consecutive year of running this race.  As my first half in 2011, it is a very special race for me and this year, Christine and my sister Alison were both there to enjoy the race weekend.  My goal was to run under two hours and to get a new PR would be even better.  Yes, it did happen and I was thrilled to find out that I placed in my age group, another goal for the race.  Christine PR'd her 10k as part of the Glass Slipper Challenge and my sister smoked her age group for a win by over 13 minutes in the half marathon!



After training really hard during the month of March and completing several long runs in the 22-23 mile range, it was time to taper for my little race in April.  After running the B.A.A. 5k with Christine and Adam on Saturday, Alison and I rode the bus on Monday morning from Boston to Hopkinton to run the Boston Marathon,  This was a dream that was finally realized and while it wasn't the race I planned, it was an experience I will always remember and my sister was by my side every step of the way.

Crossing the finish line with Alison

The month of May started with a Mother's Day trip to California to run the Tinkerbell Challenge.  My goal for these races was to earn an age group prize in both races and hopefully run a PR in the 10k race.  My prior 10k PR was over two years old and since I run this distance infrequently, I thought this was the time to test myself.  With perfect weather and good corral placement, my PR goal was met by nearly a minute and a couple age group prizes for each race were earned.  It helped alot to have Christine run the half with me after we both raced the 10k fairly hard on Saturday with the half on Sunday.



At the end of May, I ran my last race for the month and that was the Wilma Dash 5k with many of the girls in my running group.  Our group had the most participants and we were rewarded with a party at the local brewery!  And many of us earned a podium finish and an age group medal.  It was crazy hot that night so there were no PR's, but the girls had a ton of fun and it will be repeated next year!

Yes, we were dressed in a sea of pink!

June was a tough month with a nagging calf injury and not much running. The best run in June was the "Runaway Bride" run in Virginia Beach the day of Christine and Adam's wedding.  This was made extra special with 5 girls who ran with the bride and me leading the way on a bike since I wasn't able to run!


Overall, this has been a great year and hopefully the second half will continue to be productive and fun.  Has 2015 been a good running year for you?


19 comments:

  1. What a wonderful first half of the year Pam - races, weddings and PRIZES! : )

    I didn't race too much the first half of the year, but the few I did went well. I really need to pick up my running though to be ready for my fall races, I've been slacking recently!

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    1. Thanks Danielle, Yes the prizes make me smile alot! I also have been off running but hopefully the swimming and biking will keep me in shape once I get back on the streets to run.

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  2. You've had an amazing year, Pam!! Congrats again on all of your AG awards and Boston! Hope your calf injury heals quickly!

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    1. Thanks Karen, The second half will be anticlimactic, but I loved the first 6 months of 2015!

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  3. I didn't realize that your calf was in so much pain that it was preventing you from running. I hope that gets better soon.

    I have been able to experience the most "fun" races this year so far but the running portion of it as you know has not been good. I made the best of it though! -M

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    1. Yes, my stupid calf has been giving me fits. IT gets super tight and then I know I need to stop running

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  4. What an awesome first half of the year in running! It's been pretty great for me as well! Here's to a great second half!!! I hope the calf heals quickly!!!

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    1. You have enjoyed a fantastic year Mindy. Hope the summertime is relaxing and enjoyable with your boys. I know it is your favorite time of year.

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  5. You had a great beginning of the year! I hope the second half goes just as well, minus the calf pain :) I enjoyed my year so far with Rock and Roll Half Marathon training January through March and mostly just fun runs for various 5 and 10ks since then. I'm starting Wine and Dine training next week so back to serious runs for the second half of the year.

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    1. Oh Wine and Dine is such a fun race. You will enjoy every minute of that.

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  6. You have had a wonderful year, hope your injury heals soon so you can be back to running.

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  7. An amazing first half of a year! I hope your calf improves very soon.

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  8. What an incredible first half of the year, Pam! Hopefully your calf won't be bothering you as much and you'll be able to get back to running the miles that you want to.

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  9. That's a stellar first half of your year! I hope your calf settles down soon.

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  10. You've had an amazing first six months! Here's hoping that calf heals right up and that you exceed your expectations for the rest of 2015!!

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  11. Love the bridal run! I can totally empathize with your calf injury! It stinks to be sidelined, but you have a great attitude and you'll be out there running soon! I know it! Keep at and the second half of the year will be awesome!

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  12. I'd say you definitely have had a wonderful first half of the year! I am loving reading about all your running and lives adventures! I actually mentioned your blog to one of my bridal clients who is a runner, in case her bridesmaids wanted to give your bridal run idea a try, when I told them about the idea they just loved it, so creative and fun!

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  13. What a great first six months! It went by so quickly... it seems like you were just lacing up for your first Boston training run. Very excited for both of your marathons come the fall.

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  14. Your year has DEFINITELY been off to a great start! So many fun races and memories!

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