Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013: The Decline

2013 has come to an end.  I went for a 2 mile walk yesterday with Henry while KC ran at Riverview Park. Come 2014 and I will find myself in the pool and maybe on a bike... maybe.

After Chicago last year, I said I was going to divert some of my attention away from running. Looking at the mileage I ran in 2013, it is clear that I succeeded. I only ran 2121.74 miles in 2013, an average of 5.8 a day. I only had 303 "activities" on Garmin Connect, some of which would be multiple activities from one day's run, like a race with warm-up and cool-down. I averaged 7.0 miles per activity.

I did not race much either-- just 5 times. My first race of the year was on Memorial Day. That's almost 5 whole months into the year without a race. The first three were run at less than 100% because of injuries. I am actually very pleased with the 4 miler result, as I ran intelligently and performed well as a result. But still, it was a very thin year for me. I don't see 2014 being that much different, honestly.

May 27 - Civitans 10K - 2nd place, 34:09 (5:29 pace)
June 16 - Men's 4 Miler - 5th place, 21:17 (5:19 pace)
July 4 - Heritage 5 Miler - 2nd place, 27:28 (5:29 pace)
November 28 - Turkey Trot 5K - 8th place, 15:52 (5:06 pace)
December 14 - Three Bridges Marathon - 2nd place, 2:39:43 (6:05 pace)

The year was bookended by injuries in my left foot. It was highlighted by the birth of my son. That is really all that matters. I found out yesterday that I have a stress fracture and will be taking the next 6 weeks off. So like January 2, 2013, I will be at the pool on January 2, 2014.

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