2015 Goals Recap

Well 2015 didn’t go as planned. I had great hopes and as each month passed I still thought I could reach all my goals. It was around April when I think I finally came to terms with the fact that my hamstring injury was not going to let me move forward with most – okay, all of my running goals.

It’s one thing to be injured but it’s another thing to be injured and doing all the right things, treatment wise. The biggest lesson I learned is to trust yourself. Seek treatment right away, even if you think it’s just like any old injury you’ve had before…and I’ve had many pulled muscles playing soccer.

The other thing I learned that took 4 months of physiotherapy is to seek out GOOD treatment. If your current medical professionals are not helping, go somewhere else. Once I switched to a sport physiotherapist (who worked on athletes at a University) vs a newbie (2nd year as a PT), I saw great changes. Don’t get me wrong, my first PT was good, friendly and I felt like I could totally hang out with her but she wasn’t moving me forward. Lesson learned.

2015 Goals

2015 running goals IG pic PR

I had a number of goals last year  but again just couldn’t physically meet them.

Running:

Run 5k by the 5th of each month of February to May Challenge. Let’s be honest – I hobbled through each of these “runs”. Most were on the treadmill but I did managed to increase my speed from February to May.

Run a sub 25 minute 5 k (currently 27:06). Didn’t happen. I did managed a few sub 30 minute 5k’s during my training runs later in the year. Speed wasn’t a focus in 2015. I did run one 5k run and it was a Santa run without any clocks – just for fun.

Run a sub 52 minute 10 k (currently 55:58). Nope. All my 10k training runs were just over the 60 minute mark. However, I did rock pacing the 1:10 – 10k finish time in 1:09:59 which I am super proud of. Pacing wasn’t a goal of mine in 2015 but it sure will be in 2016!

Run a sub 2 hour Half Marathon (currently 2:05:10). Nope! I barely ran my 3rd half marathon. I finished the PEI Half Marathon in 2:13:30 and I can honestly say I’m super proud of that finish time. It wasn’t a race about getting a PB but more of enjoying a new course in another Province and finishing the race uninjured.

Run a FULL Marathon. I had big hopes and dreams for this distance. Originally I had a spring Marathon picked out and then put that off until the fall only to have to drop down to the half marathon distance. This is one goal that didn’t happen and it took a long time to get over that – ask my husband or running buddy and they can tell you how disappointed I was. It’s not on my list for 2016.

Total mileage for the year: 1250 kilometers. I felt this was a reasonable goal since I ran over 1000 in 2014, little did I know that I would struggle until June to get my mileage up. I ran 844 km last year and have to admit, I’m very proud of that number. It’s far from my goal but reminds me how determined I am at remaining active and leading a healthy lifestyle.

Other goals:

  • Yoga 3x week. This started off good but I stopped as my hamstring couldn’t handle it. I did pick it up again in the fall and managed to achieve crow pose, birds of paradise and even tried my first inversion (headstand against a wall).
  • Cross train more. This was okay, I’d give myself a B-.
  • Stretch more after running / working out. Yup. Even though this was a goal of mine, it took running my 3rd half marathon to realise I need to take care of myself post race right away and not wait to watch your friends finish. I was in pain for a week with my hamstring.
  • Take a pottery class. Nope and disappointed I didn’t do this.
  • Take a photography class/course. Nope, but it’s been on my list for years.

Family

  • Date nights / lunches with my husband. A-
  • More patience with my girls. C+
  • Play outside *all year round*. B+
  • Family adventures together. A

Blog

  • Post 3-4 times a week. Completed. 
  • Share blog on my personal FB page more. Not really. I only shared it when  the post was about my family (Dad’s heart attack and Ava’s surgery). I’m pretty sure I didn’t even share 1 running related post. I guess I don’t want to bombard my Facebook friends with my blog page. Weird, eh!
  • Continue to write for Thinking Outside The Sandbox – FamilyCompleted.

That’s it! Those were my 2015 goals and I feel like I’m not the only one to say a happy farewell to 2015 and welcome all the new adventures and opportunities that 2016 will bring. I’m still trying to decided my 2016 goals – can’t seem to bring myself to make any decisions!

This is a late post I know but I’ve been down and out with a nasty head cold and it’s going through our whole family.

Do you set goals each year? OR resolutions?

How did your 2015 goals go?

What’s your biggest 2016 goal? Looking for some motivation 🙂

Happy 2016! 

 

 

 

 

 

Rounding off 2015 ~ A Year in Review

December 31st 2015 !!!

Just like that another year is done. I’ve been trying to decided if I should wrap up the year on the blog and finally pulled it together. This is how things went for Piper’s Run!

January

I started off the year by running my first kilometer with my daughter Lilly and am planning to make this a tradition. Though I was still newly injured with my hamstring, I thought I was on the mend – nope, nadda. I’m still happy my first km was with her.

January PR 2015

We managed to get some skiing in with Lilly while Hilary hung out snowshoeing around with Grandad or Grammy. This year all four of us will be on the hill….well, we will be on the hill with a few toddler tantrums I’m sure. We are all ready to go!

February

My 2015 goals pretty much went out the door when my hamstring was not getting any better, though it would take me months to realise this, I mean come to terms with this. I’ll write another post about my 2015 goals.

PR My Motivation Girls

I spent a lot of February – April with my Physiotherapist, my Massage Therapist and even an Osteopath. I also spent a lot of time clearing snow from my driveway (we have seven major storms last winter that started at the end of January and went into April).

Snow 2015

March

My hamstring was only slightly getting better and we got MORE snow! My Dad had a heart attack which turned life upside down but only for a little bit as he’d be back to normal pretty quickly. I ventured out at work and did some Graphic Facilitation that turned out to be a lot of fun!

winter march 22

I also volunteered at the Hypothermic Half Marathon – this was the most ice I’ve seen at a running event and that wasn’t for post race recovery. Lots of injuries that day (not for me).

April

I had my first DNS due to my hamstring injury. The pain in my hamstring wasn’t getting any better though each physio/massage appointment I thought it was…it wasn’t; I was still injured.

May

I started with a new {sports} physio therapist which was the best decision ever! This finally had me on the road to recovery with my hamstring. Lilly ran her 2km race at the Bluenose Marathon and I walked/ran with her.

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Me and my girl

I missed another race {Bluenose Half Marathon} and wasn’t overly enthused with that. However, I decided to be a spectator along the half marathon route. I also met some RunATCan members, John Stanton and got to be a speaker at the Marathon with some other awesome runners.

Bluenose Weekend 2015 Running Room Runatcan

June

My hamstring recovery was coming along slowly but moving in the right direction. I changed my running goals for the year and felt so much better even if running 5k was extremely hard to do.

Lilly turned 5!!

Happy 5th Lilly

Birthday fun & Zoo!

I even managed to complete the 30 day plank challenge! I also started training for what would be my 3rd half marathon.

30 day planks june

That’s A LOT of planking!

Still reading? Thanks!

July

Morning runs, summer vacation and running through the sprinkler with our girls was how I spent July! I was introduced to cupping by my physiotherapist and wanted to cry. However that’s what started to really help my hamstring heal.

july 14 run

August

I had some beautiful training runs while on vacation with my family in PEI. We swam in the ocean, ate when we wanted to and enjoyed the sunshine!

pei beach 1

I also had some great long runs; week 9 & week 10.

September

A big step in our family: Lilly started school!!!!!! Though school was going really well, my running was falling apart. Something happened to my cuboid bone in my foot and couldn’t run my half marathon at Maritime Race Weekend. I was so frustrated because I was doing everything right only to have it all go wrong.

Luckily I was able to volunteer at Maritime Race Weekend and hand out medals.

MRW 2015 2

Once I got my foot sorted out AND my hamstring, I started to refocus my running on training for the PEI Half Marathon.

October

I became a 261 Fearless Ambassador, we celebrated Thanksgiving, the girls ran the kids run at Valley Harvest and I did my first gig at pacing a race! I paced the 10k – 1:10 finish at the Valley Harvest Marathon and LOVED it! I finished in 1:09:59!

VHM Kids Run 2015

The following week I managed to finally run my 3rd half marathon at the PEI Marathon and spent four days with my husband sans the kiddies!

PEI 3rd Half Marathon 2015

November

I was rocking the lunch time workouts with my co-workers and then got sick with a nasty 3 week virus that knocked me off my feet.

I did finally nailed the crow pose in yoga class – a goal of mine for the year. We celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary and I got to have some fun taking some running photos!

MRW photo bloopers

December

Oh December…you sent us on a roller coaster. We started off celebrating Hilary’s 3rd birthday and Saï’s 40th. My niece was supposed to have heart surgery on Dec 3rd but got moved to Dec 17th and she is recovering just perfect now; thanks for all your comments, thoughts and prayers. I’m so happy my brother and his wife have that day behind them.

Ava Mae

I almost forgot I ran a Santa 5k Run with some friends – that was fun! Piper’s Run turned 4, and I became a member of Team Nuun for 2016. I finished off December by running a full marathon over six days and my hamstring didn’t complain – BIG WIN!

TTP Christmas Marathon

If you are still reading, thank you 🙂 It’s been a roller coaster of a year with running but somehow I managed to run 844 km. Crazy! So many lessons learned this past year and I’m sure hoping 2016 treats me better in the running department.

I’m working on a “goals” post from 2015 and slowly thinking about 2016 but not in a rush to write it.

Hope you all had a fabulous 2015 and wishing you all the best in 2016!

Happy New Year!

How was your 2015?

What’s one big thing you want to do in 2016?

What are you ready to say goodbye to in 2015?

NEW Running Goals for 2015

It was bound to happen…changing my running goals for this year. I had such a great 2014 running races and training that I thought it would continue this year. My body had another plan which took a long time for me to accept but I’m there and ready for what the next few months will bring.

Originally, I had set these as my running goals for the year:

  • Heal my hamstring injury
  • Sub 25 minute 5k (current PR 27:06)
  • Sub 52 – 10k (current PR 55:59)
  • Sub 2 hour Half Marathon (current PR 2:05:10)
  • Run a FULL Marathon! 

Those goals were set when I thought I had a little injury that would heal just like the others ones have in the past. Twisted ankles, knee injury, torn ligaments in my left ankle, minor concussions – all soccer related! Funny enough, this hamstring injury was soccer related too. It’s been since December 10th 2014 that I played and got injured but that won’t stop me from playing soccer again 😉

Resume running again

Resume running again

Back to running! I’ve changed my goals over the last few months many, many times and have finally come to terms with setting new goals for the remainder of 2015. So…here you go:

  • (#1) Get my hamstring and glutes 100% healthy again
  • Continue to run and do PT exercises/cross train
  • Run 2 Half Marathons in the Fall (Maritime Race Weekend and PEI Marathon)
  • Run a 10k Race
  • Run 1 to 3 – 5k races (Maritime Race Weekend – double race)
  • Throw out aiming for Personal Bests / Personal Records (but if they happen, I will accept them).

That’s it! Those are my new running goals for the year. A little more simple yet focused. Don’t get me wrong, I desperately want to run my FIRST FULL MARATHON this year but with very little spring running/training under my belt I didn’t want to jump into training for a full. The stress of trying to get the distance in and, the stress of trying to heal up my hamstring isn’t worth it to me.

Do you have any 2015 goals?

Anyone on track with their goals?

What about Resolutions?

2015 Goals

I’ve been putting off this post not because I was afraid to post it but because I really wanted to take some time to confirm what I actually wanted to do this year. It’s not that different from last year but it is at the same time. Last years goals can be found here and then what I accomplished here.

Random

  • Yoga 3x week
  • Cross train more – strong body (not weight focused, not fitness competition focused just stronger all over).
  • Stretch more after running / working out (avoid injury)
  • Take a pottery class *new interest*
  • Take a photography class/course *has been on my bucket list for 5-6 years*

Family

  • Date nights / lunches with my husband
  • More patience with my girls
  • Play outside *all year round*
  • Family adventures together

Blog

2015 running goals IG pic PR

Running

  • Run 5k by the 5th of each month of February to May Challenge.
  • Run a sub 25 minute 5 k (currently 27:06)
  • Run a sub 52 minute 10 k (currently 55:58)
  • Run a sub 2 hour Half Marathon (currently 2:05:10)
  • Run a FULL Marathon – holy shit, I can’t believe I wrote that on the blog as it’s been going through my thoughts for weeks now…okay months!
  • Total mileage for the year: 1250 kilometers.

Awesome!

And now it’s on the blog….published.

I’m ready.

This shit is about to get real!

What are your 2015 goals or resolutions for the year?

Anything BIG you want to do in 2014?

How are your goals/resolutions going so far?