Welcome hoppers! If you’re stopping by from Kristy’s Blog Hop, I’m glad you’re here! Technically I posted this yesterday (Tuesday) but a small thing about me is that I work two jobs at the moment, and was unexpectedly called into work Tuesday evening, which didn’t leave me much time to edit posts. Retail life! Anyway, I’m happy to be participating in this blog hop! You can find more information on my About Me page; I’m really into racing (obstacle racing, trails, roads, I love em’ all!) and I’m looking forward to getting to know all the hoppers in this group! Enjoy! 🙂
Looking back through my Believe Training Journal, I had a lot of goals this year. Some of them were realistic, some of them weren’t. Some are still important to me today, some aren’t. I’m the type of person I’ve come to know is called a ‘multipotentialite,’ or someone with more than one calling. I read this in a Ted Talk transcript about why some people don’t stick with one passion, career, or hobby. It makes sense to me- personally I will be obsessed with something for a bit and then back off for a while. It doesn’t mean when I back off that I’m no longer interested in the thing I’m backing off of- it just means I need some space and separation from that part of my life for a while. Inevitably, if its something I’m truly passionate about, I will return to it in my own time. Today, I’m linking up with Erika, Patty and Marcia for Tuesdays on the Run. So let’s take a look at my goals for 2016 and see what happened!
Well, this didn’t happen for me this year, and I think it was for a few reasons. First of all, let me get the good part out of the way: I came really close a lot of times. At Battlefrog last year, Spartan Miami & Warrior Dash, I was very close to qualifying for the age group division at OCR Worlds. However, two things stopped me from going. 1) I didn’t want it bad enough. Instead of treating this like the be-all-end-all of my season, I tried a little and when it didn’t work out, I pretty much stopped putting in the effort to get me there. I also severely underestimated the amount of competition I was up against. 2) There were other things that were more important to me. I don’t think I would have been able to afford the trip, even had I qualified. This year the OCR Worlds were held at the Blue Mountain Resort in Canada- which would have been an awesome trip, except I had already planned a 30th birthday cruise with my family. So I probably wouldn’t have been able to swing the finances for both trips. And, to be honest, you only turn 30 once. The OCR World Championships are growing in popularity, and will be there again next year.
Is this goal still important to me? Not at the moment. I’m not super concerned with qualifying this year for 2017. If it happens, great, but I have some other goals that are taking precedence.
Goal #2: Beat 29:50 for my 5k PR
I did this in training (current PR is 29:31!) but not in a race setting. Granted, I didn’t race that many 5ks this year. I’m aiming for this for next spring.
Goal #3: Beat my 10k PR (1:07:56)
Yes, I did this! At the Best Damn Race Orlando back in March, I came in at 1:06:22, taking a little over a minute off my PR time. I was hoping for a better PR, but a fall mid-race stopped me from getting the PR I wanted. I’m planning a few winter 10ks this coming season, so hopefully i will get a “redemption” run at one of those.
I was disappointed that I didn’t have a better race, but the truth is its hard to PR at Disney. Between the bottlenecks on course and the people slowing down in the middle of the course and all the distractions, it’s just not a place one goes to have a PR. I’m not expecting a PR at the half I’m running in a few weeks because it was kind of a last minute decision. If it happens, great, if not I won’t be disappointed. I’m aiming for a PR on my Gasparilla half though. That’s in February, so hopefully I will be able to nail it!
Goal #5: Place top 20 in my age group at an OCR
Technically I did this as I was around 13 or 14th at Warrior Dash in February, and 8th at Bonefrog Challenge last month. But neither one really felt like a victory to me. Warrior Dash only counts the top 10, so the only reason I know what my place was is because I asked one of the people at the finish line how many people had come in before me and they told me. So there’s no official race result to determine that. Bonefrog doesn’t feel like a victory at this because I actually had a pretty horrible race and walked the majority of it- so I don’t feel like I earned a top 10 spot. Granted, only 13 people in my age group raced so there’s that too. However, I feel like I can have a better performance and get this goal within my sights. Possibly at one of the Spartan Races I do this coming season, but I’m not aiming for that. This goes along with my OCR World Championship qualifying- I think 2018 will be the year I really go for that one.
Goal #6: Race Competitively
I did this at Warrior Dash and man was I surprised! I wasn’t prepared for how many people actually race competitively, or what it took to get there. When I found out, it kind of stopped me in my tracks. However, I’m glad I had the experience. I’ve learned that competitive racing just really isn’t for me. I don’t like that type of pressure, nor do I enjoy not being able to enjoy myself on course. I think I’ll stick to racing for fun and just trying to beat my own times.
What’s left in 2016?
Well, I have two Spartan races, a 10k and a 1/2 marathon. For the Spartan races, I’m just going to go out there, do my best and see what happens. No pressure. In the 10k, I’m supposed to race with a friend so I have to find out what her race plan is and see what that means for me. However, I’m being selfless with this one, so really it’s about what she wants to do. My time will come in January or February of 2017. As for my 1/2, as I stated before, this was a totally impromptu half, so it’s not like I had any goals for it. I’m just going out there to have fun and we’ll see what happens!
How have you been doing on your goals for this year? Have you had to revisit a big goal and revise it? Have you ever realized that a certain goal just isn’t what you thought it was going to be?