I decided to put some effort into my fitness in 2016 after taking a few months off from running and focusing on weights/insanity. In 2015 I was pretty active but didn’t take things seriously. So, my first race of 2016 was a 4 miler and I’m pretty happy with the results.
Over the past weekend I was up in Michigan visiting family and decided to signup and run the Grand Rapids Half Marathon. Despite having a cold I managed to pull off a new PR for a half marathon. The course was pretty flat, the weather was cool.
All in all a great race if you are looking for something in West Michigan in October.
I’m really excited that I decided to do the Leadville Heavy Half Marathon in Leadville, Colorado this year. The race takes place in June and it’ll be a trail marathon. The closest I’m going to get to this is the Rock n Roots Trails series 20k/30k in January and February of this year in Ohio.
I spent 5 years living in Colorado and this will be my first time back in 12 years and I’m excited to be in the mountains again.
2015 is going to be a great year for races!
I decided to set some 2015 running goals for myself and I got the year kicked off with a pretty decent 3.7 mile run. It was sunny here in Ohio, but cold at 18 degrees. I’m trying to get myself used to running outside in the winter. I’m not a fan of treadmill running, I need to work on that too. I kept the pace pretty average at 8:10/mile completing the run in 30:16 and burning around 494C.
What are my 2015 running goals?
- Run everyday this year regardless if its 1 mile or 26.2 miles and document the runs here. If I can’t run I’ll supplement with a cardio indoor workout (insanity, t25 etc).
- Run at least 2 races per month (5k, 10k, 15k)
- Complete another marathon
- Maintain a strength training routine
Over the past two years I’ve lost over 100 pounds and this year my focus is going to be on getting faster, eating cleaner and finishing a marathon in 3 hours and 30 minutes and beat my previous time of 3 hours 59 minutes.
This year we didn’t travel for Thanksgiving so I decided to take the opportunity and run a 4 mile race. The weather was cold and I mean cold. It really made me realize I wasn’t prepared for cold weather running so I had to go purchase some new gear over the weekend. I’ll post a separate review on those later.
I managed to pull a 7:19/pace according to my Garmin but the official time was 7:27.