Wrapping Up 2014

I rang in 2014 on crutches and heavily sedated on painkillers. Looking back at where it started, I’m grateful that the year still held a marathon PR despite it’s immobile beginnings. I was lucky enough to coach another season of cross country and somehow finished my second year of medical school (courtesy of the funky UVM schedule). I fully intended to have at least part of 2015 planned out by today but studying for the Boards has taken up most of my time and I’m still waiting on some sponsorship information that will change my plans significantly. So into 2015 I go sans any kind of training plan, an anxiety inducing situation for me!

I wrapped up December with 156 miles. My 2014 total was 2259 miles which comes out to a weekly average of 43 miles (which includes the 6 weeks of 0 post surgery). Thus, one of my running related goals for 2015 is to up that weekly average to 50 miles, giving me a total goal of 2600 miles for 2015. Assuming two training cycles up in the 70 mpw range, this should be attainable without scrambling next December.

Another thing I did well at the beginning and end of the year but not so hot in the middle was weight training. I know strength work is key to injury prevention and maximum efficiency but I always cut that out first when my schedule gets crammed. Thus, for 2015, I want to make sure I am getting at least 1 arm and 1 leg workout in per week. Yes, more would be better but I’m trying to be realistic.

I generally have pretty good nutrition but there are definitely areas in which I can improve. First, we eat a little too much candy in this house which is not a calorie issue, but a “bang for buck” issue. We had a “Sundays only” rule for a while, so I may lobby that we go back to that. I’ve been working on taking my vitamins (multivitamin with iron, Vitamin D and biotin) every day and finally found that if I leave my pill container by my bed (I know this makes me 80+), I actually take them daily. We recently switched to a cast iron pan and continue to make sure we eat red meat twice a week to keep my iron stores nice and full.

Finally, I need to work on flexibility. I sit a lot for school and have tight fascia, both of which set me up for range of motion issues. I’ve been working on foam rolling consistently and will continue that in 2015 but am on the lookout for a simple yoga routine to do at home two days a week. In my optimal world, it would be about 20 minute long and focus on hips and lower back.

What are your goals for 2015? Anyone have a video or website that they love for yoga?

5 thoughts on “Wrapping Up 2014

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  2. mjbodeau

    My highest rec for yoga for runners/athletes is Sage Rountree (sagerountree.com – she’s also on yogavibes if you’re willing to do that, you can get a 15 day free trial) I started with her old free podcasts (audio w/ photo slideshow of poses, think she also has some stuff on youtube).

    Sage is a runner/ultrarunner/triathlete/coach as well as fantastic yoga instructor, writer of books and columns/pieces for Yoga Journal (search for Sage Rountree), Runner’s World/Running Times, Ironman.com/LAVA and owner of 2 yoga studios. (she’s also a truly nice person)

    I have her Yoga for Athletes DVD (you can custom build routines to play, very cool) and accompanying books on Yoga for Athletes, Yoga for Runners (the books go into the poses in detail, help you choose what to do, talk about what yoga to do when), Athlete’s Guide to Recovery and Racing Wisely.

    I need to get back to doing her routines as well as upping my leg, core, arm strength work and upping my mileage/speed/hill work! (keeping my Wharton Active Isolated Flexibility routine in 5-7x/wk) I swear, I could spend all my time doing running or related/supporting activity.

    1. runnerunderpressure

      Thanks for the suggestion! I’ve heard her name a few times since I’ve asked and can’t wait to dive into her stuff. Isn’t it amazing how much time we could devote to running if we wanted?!


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