Hi everyone! I can’t believe this, but we’re in the final days of 2015! I did a lot this year (check out this post for my year in running) and I couldn’t be more proud of how much I accomplished and how many new things I tried. I couldn’t even list them all on here! But here are some highlights:
- I hiked Angels Landing in Zion – definitely the hardest hike of my life
- I survived my first winter in Alaska
- I visited Fairbanks and was convinced that Anchorage is the best
- I got through my first year of teaching and had a blast doing it
- I signed up for my first running group (the Her Tern Half training group) and met lots of new people here in Anchorage and learned so much from my coaches
- I hiked Lost Lake in Seward in only 5 hours
- I ran Ragnar Colorado without knowing anyone else on the team
- I ran the Klondike Road Relay, ran 9ish miles at 6 AM on almost no sleep, and managed to not die
- I made new friends in Alaska
- I ran the Bony Sosa trail run series and bought my first pair of trail shoes
- I coached Girls on the Run and helped lots of girls cross their very first finish line
- I joined a gym
- I finished my first half marathon where I felt strong the whole way through and didn’t want to die at the end (Columbia Gorge Half)
- I did an 8 week healthy eating challenge and learned that my body hates sugar and I can run so much faster and longer without it
- I got injured and learned a lot about my body and how to keep myself healthy
When I set my goals for 2015, I had some pretty high hopes for my year, I didn’t meet all my goals, but I’m still pretty proud of myself! First of all, I set a one word goal for the year:
I was hoping to embrace everything that Alaska had to offer – as well as anything that life threw my way. Here’s a quote from my post about it: “despite how much of a rookie we are at all things Alaskan, we want to embrace every part of living here. We want to have no regrets this year.” I can honestly say that we totally owned this goal! We hiked so many new places and tried out so many things that we can only do in Alaska, and I feel so much happier here than I was last year. I can honestly say that I love Alaska more than ever, and it’s because we took the time to embrace everything about it!
In addition to our one word goal, I came up with 5 goals for 2015. I didn’t exactly accomplish all of them though:
1. PR in all race distances: Sadly this did not happen. The only 5ks I ran were when I was injured, and despite running 3 half marathons I didn’t PR in any of them – or even get close to a PR. Oh well. I did PR in my 5 miler and got an automatic PR in my 12k, so that helps!
2. Go sub-2:30 in a half marathon: Despite wanting to do this so badly, I didn’t accomplish this. To be fair, I was injured for 2 out of my 3 half marathons this year, and I had the craziest leg pain at mile 9 in Her Tern despite training so hard for my goal time. Even though physical stuff held me back, I’m beginning to wonder if this is a mental thing. I really want to crush this goal in 2016!
3. Get into yoga. I did awesome at this! I took a Yoga 101 workshop back in January, and from there I tried out lots of different yoga studios in Anchorage. I fell in love with one studio, but sadly can’t afford it. So I’m now just taking classes at my gym instead. I’m hoping to establish more of a consistent home practice as well, although I now do 10 minutes of yoga and stretching after each run.
4. Do more “Alaskan” cross training: I did pretty well with this considering how non-snowy our winter was last year (and pretty much the same thing is happening this year too!). I went snowshoeing for the first time ever, hiked a ton of trails, did some trail running, kayaked a few times, and even trekked to find the perfect Christmas tree in the wilderness. Despite buying ice skates and cross country skis, I haven’t used them yet. I’m so excited to try them though!
5. Run 500 miles throughout the year: Ugh. I was on par to blow this goal completely out of the water with a total of 450 miles done by the end of October. And then I was totally sidelined from running by my PT until the beginning of December, and my cautious return to running meant that I will probably finish out the year at around only 470 miles. I’m bummed about being so close yet so far, but I know that my body couldn’t have made up for the month off of running. But it’s amazing just knowing that I would have gotten it if I’d been stronger. It gives me hope for 2016!
I don’t like to set new goals while I’m still working on old ones, so I’ll save my 2016 goals for the new year! I hope you had an incredible 2015 and met a bunch of your goals. Happy New Year!
What goals did you reach in 2015? If you could sum up your year in one word, what would it be?