But you can't have downs without ups, and since this year-end post is not meant to dwell in the present, but to visit the past, let's look at the year in its entirety.
A few bullets to summarize the year, with a positive spin...
- Ran my fewest miles in three years, BUT it was only slightly lower than the last two years despite missing a bunch of time with various injuries.
- Only ran five races, BUT three were road PRs (5K, 4-mi, and Half Marathon). Placed in top-4 in all five races.
- Nearly eclipsed 100,000 feet elevation gain without specifically targeting hilly/mountainous runs. The benefits of living where I live...
- Experimented with some new training plans that seemed to work well without overstressing my fragile body.
- Ran in four different countries (in a single week, no less) - US, Ireland, the Netherlands, and Germany. The latter two were places I'd never visited before.
A graphical summary of the year
|2016 mileage was in line with the previous two years' mileage. A plateau is forming...|
|Weekly workout time by activity (top), daily weight (which I tracked for the first time ever this year), and sickness and injury timelines. The darker colors in the injury timeline indicate when an injury became too severe to run/bike.|
|Holiday-themed summary of last year's injuries.|
Now for a not-so-positive review of the year. Here are my goals with their associated outcomes:
- Run more miles than in 2015 FAIL
- 1088 vs. 1136. Was on pace for my best post-college annual mileage, and then the hip happened. Maybe next year...
- Did a nice job recovering from and holding off the knee and Achilles injuries earlier in the year, but the ankle sprain in July and hip injury that struck in October made sure there was no doubt I'd miss this goal.
- Ran 1:16:47. Close but no cigar.
- Just eked out a 15:59 in May. I'll take it.
- I didn't even remember this goal until pulling these together from last year's post. I think this may have to wait until my next life.
- Hadn't counted on not having a convenient place to do pull ups to train for this. Let's try again in 2017.
- Lots of this in 2016. I'll have to post some of the results here for proof at some point in the next few weeks.
- Highest mileage week (Mon-Sun) = 35 miles (7/25 - 7/31)
- Highest mileage 7-day period = 53 miles (6/24 - 6/30)
- Lowest mileage week = 0 miles (4 times) - Knee pain (Feb), Hip pain (Dec)
- Most hours run/bike in week = 9:00 (7/25 - 7/31) - Rest of family on vacation, so I played
- Longest run = 15 miles (9/18) - Trail race, plus long cool down
- Most climbing on a run = 3018 ft (7/5) - Kearsarge North in Maine (ironic, given that there's so much elevation to gain in California). Also, coincidentally, this was the same exact day as my highest elevation gain run in 2015.
- Longest ride = 32.8 miles (8/6) - not the best year for biking, thanks to the hamstring issue
- Most climbing on a ride = 2135 ft (7/30)
- Number of races = 5 (1st place -1 time, 2nd place - 2 times, 4th place - 2 times)
- Number of states run in: 8 - CA, WA, OR, NY, ME, MA, NH, RI
- Number of countries run in: 4 - USA, Ireland, the Netherlands, Germany
- Total running elevation gain: ~97,000 ft. Just missed 100,000, which would have been cool. Doubtless I've ever get this much again after moving back east next year.
My favorite photos from runs in 2016
|Seattle and Mt. Rainier in the distance (February)|
|Descending San Bruno Mt outside San Francisco with college friend Ben (June)|
|View of Sky Top and Mohonk Mountain House from Eagle Cliff in New Paltz (June)|
|View of the Trapps from Laurel Ledge in New Paltz (June)|
|Descending the Bonticou rock scramble in New Paltz (June)|
|View from the top of Kearsarge North (July)|
|Aftermath of ankle sprain (July)|
|View back toward our house from the flanks of Boney Moutain (Aug)|
|How my legs and feet often look after running on these dusty trails (Aug)|
|Silhouette of Mike with ocean in the distance, short walk from our house (Sep)|
|My occasional partners in crime (September)|
|Munich Olympic Stadium (October)|
|Downtown Breda, Netherlands (October)|
|Sunrise in Ireland (October)|
Goals for 2017
- Get and stay injury-free
- PR in at least one distance
- Set personal best in two of my favorite RI races: Blessing and Li'l Rhody
- Do 20 consecutive pull ups
- Swim consistently
- Do drills and strides at least once a week (when injury-free)
- Maintain consistent training after the new baby (March) and move back to RI (June)
Happy New Year, everyone!