In full disclosure, I hate New Years. It’s full of expectation and drama and rarely pans out to be the “best night ever.” However, it is a nice turning point to mark the end of one year and the beginning of a new year.
2011 was a rebuilding one for me. I had an okay race at Boston and summer of racing, but I was injury free for the entire year and could feel my foot 95% of the time, which is all I can ask for given the year from hell that was 2010.
Better, not great. Looking back, I see what I knew. I had a great start to Boston, and a disaster of a training cycle through February and March. July was rough with Organic Chem, but not a big deal in the grand scheme of things.
I’m hopeful that 2012 will be a consistent, injury free one. (I write as my right hip is killing me and I’m took an unplanned rest day yesterday because I ran out of time to run post-ski race, pre-dinner plans). Over the next three months, my long runs will step up (bright blue on the graph), as will the overall bulk of mileage. By March, I’ll be back to running exclusively as I tune up for Vermont City in May. My application for medical school is due in June, which should leave me a free summer to put in some really great mileage with adequate rest. I haven’t picked any fall races, but I may focus on a half marathon to give me some time to really focus on building speed.
What are your goals for 2012, running and otherwise? How are you going to achieve and measure them?