Journal Running

Running in 2015: Embrace the Fun and Fire

2015: the year I  _______________.

2014: the year I really  fell in love with running.

2013: the year I began running miles.

2012: the year I began running.

If you know me, you know I am a nerd about tracking my miles in my training log. This past year, I transitioned to the Believe I Am Journal, made by Lauren Fleshman and Roisin McGettigan. I could write a whole blog post on why I am obsessed with their journal, but I will save that for another time.

Over the past week, I have taken stock of 2014 through my training logs, photos, and internal musings. Here is a quick snap shot of my past year:

  • Ran 3,000 miles
  • Ran 333 days
  • Rested 32 days off (mostly due to injury or illness)
  • Longest running streak: 92 days
  • Ran on 4 different continents (North America, South America, Africa, and Europe)
  • Ran competitively on my first collegiate team, go Bobcats!
  • PR in 5k and 10k
  • Coached high school cross country
  • Became a member of the Oiselle Volee Team
  • Really fell in love with running
    In Fall 2013, I joined my college’s cross country team and ran competitively for the first time as a senior in college. Running cross country and then track and field in early 2014 was an enormous growing experience for me as a person and runner. Since graduating back in May 2014, my love of running has let me be apart of some incredible communities— I worked for six weeks as a counselor in running camps for high schoolers in Vermont and Boulder (Summer 2014), coached my high school’s cross country team (Fall 2014), and most recently, taught English to young female runners in Ethiopia (late Fall 2014).

    I am excited for 2015 and all that the New Year has to bring. Similar to publishing my one-word intention for 2015 (COMPASSION), I want to be bold in owning my running goals by sharing them with all of you:

    1. Run 15 races: One of the challenges of 2014 was not feeling happy with my performance during or after races. During races, my inner critic would take over and prevent me from fully enjoying the experience. For 2015, racing more often, including tackling distances outside my comfort zone, will hopefully make my inner critic CHILL out and embrace the fun and fire that comes with racing. 
    2. PR in 5k and 10k: I am a strong believer in the power of training with teammates. Although I can be an introvert who enjoys solo 2 hour runs with no music or chatter, training with others fosters camaraderie and helps me get through tough workouts. 
    3. Continue Running Injury-Free: I hope to maintain all the little things that keep me strong and prevent injuries — my functional core, happy hips & glutes routine, foam rolling, strength training, eating well, and sleeping lots.
    4. Work on my Form: THIS IS HUGE. I am a heel-striker and over-strider. I said it! Now its time to commit to improving my gait through form analysis, frequent strides, and increased whole-body awareness. 
    5. Develop as a coach: I am excited to coach my high school’s track and field team this Winter/Spring!
    6. Release more yoga for runners resources: Stay tuned— more videos and info coming soon!

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