Fast away the old year passes… it’s time to see how this Unsporty Woman went with the goals she set 12 months ago.
There were seven goals:
- Run five half marathons
Yes! Cadbury Half Marathon, Run Melbourne, Ross Marathons Half, Melbourne Marathon Festival Half and Point to Pinnacle. It was the year of the Friendly Half Marathon. The biggest highlights of these five friendly half marathons are:
- Louise dragging me over the line at the Cadbury Half six minutes faster than my previous PB.
- Crossing the finish line with my Husband Pauly at Ross.
- Taking 10 minutes off my PB at Run Melbourne.
- Having a wonderful friendly trip to the Melbourne Marathon Half and sharing a room with Janette, a real girls trip away – fun!
- Meeting up with Sam at Point to Pinnacle and crossing the line just behind her then receiving our medals together – a perfect way to finish that could never have been planned, it just happened!
- Running Point to Pinnacle all the way with Chariots of Fire magically being played at my toughest point, something else that could never have been planned, but just happened.
A wonderful, friendly year of half marathons and with all this 21.1km running, the half marathon and I are on best buddy terms.
- Continue with all the amazing fun runs and events that are offered in Tasmania and run a few in costume 😛
Yes! Lots and lots of really fun runs. Some were fun pace and some were race pace. A sign of running experience and fitness growing was that with many I took big minutes off PBs, including 16 minutes off my 2013 half marathon time.
- Conquer pushups! By the end of the year I want to be able to do 30 fast pushups with good form
No! Pushup form is better, I’m on the improve but haven’t got this one licked yet.
- Run with the Launceston Athletic Club at least five times
Yes! In fact it was 10 times and defying all odds I even won a race on handicap and received a trophy! (This was after going to the handicappers and asking them to make my handicap harder because my running had improved so much and the handicap was based on my 2013 Club results. I’m told that I’m one of the very few people in the history of the Club who has ever made this request).
- Reach the 50 mark with parkrun and run Albert Melbourne parkrun for my 50th Birthday in November wearing a 50 tiara and hopefully a 50 Club parkrun Tee Shirt
Yes! Along with the lovely Kay and Janette we ran our 50th parkrun together. Albert Melbourne parkrun run for my 50th was wonderful complete with tiara – no tee shirt yet, but that’s ok.
- Run a 30km training run
Yes! I did this on my 50th Birthday as part of marathon training. It was my birthday present to myself.
- Commit to a marathon in 2015 through registering (most likely the Aoraki Mt Cook Marathon in NZ)
Yes! Cadbury Marathon here we come! Cadbury Marathon was chosen because Pauly, Louise and I liked the idea of running our first marathon in our home state of Tasmania. (Aoraki is still firmly on the wish list!)
A wonderful year of running, perhaps like no other. PBs and a trophy. A year to treasure. A year that symbolises that the Unsporty Woman has truly gone from beginner runner to intermediate runner. A year that shows that me and running, we’re really good mates and we are in it together for the long haul.
What about goals for 2015? I’m not setting any apart from two.
- Be at the start line of the Cadbury Marathon on Sunday 11 January 2015 then run until I reach the finish line and become a marathoner.
- Continue to run far, happy and always.
Perhaps there will be more, I’ll let you know post marathon.
Happy New Year, wishing you dreams come true in 2015. If I can become a runner and chip away at running goals then anyone can do this. I truly believe that the trick is to set goals that are scary but doable. Of course having the wonderful support of friends and family both near and far has made all the difference and enabled me to achieve in this running world.
From me to you – Happy 2015 xxx Hoping for a world of peace, tolerance, encouragement and kindness like we see in our global running community xxx
Happy running 🙂