The end of the year is upon us and I find myself thinking about where I have been this year with my running and fitness, and where I want to go next year.
After almost a 6 month race pause in 2012 I began the year with new hopes for a good race year, but we decided to renovate a couple more rooms in the house, so again my running took a backseat for a few months. Towards Spring I tried to pick up the training, but somehow never got up to speed, quite literally. I completed 7 marathons or more during the year, but almost all of them significantly slower than years past. This was really not a surprise, I only ran about half of the mileage that I usually do, and much of this was at an easy gait.
By September I seriously considered not running any more races, but the German 24 hour championships were being hosted by a local running club, so I decided to participate, non-competitively mind you. If you read my race report you know I ran 100 km in around 16 ½ hours and called it a night. Two weeks later I ran a marathon, my slowest ever, also no surprise considering my lack of training. After the September events I went on vacation and have spent the last few months resting and limiting my mileage.
After a very mediocre year I am looking at the upcoming year with mixed feelings. On the one side I would like to try to regain some of the fitness that I experienced a couple years ago, when I could run for hours with little thought. On the other side I know how hard I had to work to reach this level and maintain it. At almost 55 years old I wonder how much time and energy I want to commit, and more so, if my busy life will allow me to reach my goals.
I think each of us has to make similar decisions, for some it is easier than others, we each have to decide where to draw the line. For me I have to spend the next several months working on the core, including losing weight, building strength and endurance, and trying to run faster and farther.
As far as goals, I guess my goal for 2014 is to be able to look back over the year and feel satisfaction in knowing that I gave my best efforts to improve my fitness and to complete any races that I do.
I wish all of you a blessed New Year!