I did not reach my big goal for 2017 but instead I …

I did not reach my big goal for 2017 but instead I …

For the entirety of the year, I was focussed on one goal – Marine Corps Marathon on October 22nd. I wanted to very badly break 5:30 for the marathon and thought that this was going to be my year. While I learnt some very valuable lessons, I woefully fell short of my time goal. After the customary 3 weeks recovery time, I felt even more lost as to what to do next. It’s not like I could turn around and do another marathon within weeks as a second attempt. In spite of my talk about getting over the failure, I felt incomplete. I wanted to do … to do SOMETHING that might soften the sting a bit. In his podcast The Most Pleasant Exhaustion, ITL Coach George Darden talks about it (look for his Chicago Marathon race recap episode); instead of saying  “I did not reach my goal for 2017″, you can add on “I did not reach my goal for 2017 but instead I … “.

I did not meet my big goal for 2017, but instead I ...

The wish to get back into the deep of things was there, but the spark was missing.  There was no dearth of things that I could aim to do, but nothing was speaking to me. Coach G advised me to just wait for it to strike me, even though I was skeptical of some unknown goal waking me up.”You’ll know what you want to do”, he said. As I was randomly looking through Strava, I found my goal – On November 30th, I was at 912 miles for the year. I would aim to run 1001 miles by the end of year, with a not-so-secret goal to get to the mileage by Christmas Eve, my running anniversary day, if possible.

And that’s how I ended my running year of 2017.

I may not have reached by time goal of sub 5:30 for my one big race (Marine Corps Marathon) this year, but instead I – 

Ran a 1001 Miles this year

1000 Miles in 2017

Why 1001 and not 1000? Because Mr. FauxRunner had run 1000 in 2015 and of course I had to one up on him πŸ˜‰

I have crossed 1000 miles in some other years (2011, 2012, 2015) but this 1001 was more about getting out of my pity party after Marine Corps and getting back into chasing a goal. Looking back at those days when I’d hardly have energy or the mind to move, I’m glad this inspired me to keep moving.

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Lost my First EVER Toenail

Lost my First Ever Toenail

Laughable, but noteworthy. In all my 7 years of running, I had never got a black toenail or lost one. One whole month after MCM, I finally lost a toenail.

(I’ll spare photos of this one)

Missing Toenail

Had a Great Mentor

When I started MCM training, I talked to Coach G about training. Through the 4 months of training, I not only learnt to push harder than I had before, but also learnt to believe, learnt to not be afraid of success. I attribute a lot of that growth to being mentored by not just ‘you can do it’ but with science and examples, things that speak to me; “Calculated risk” is one that stands out in my mind.

When I talked about the 1001, he enthusiastically supported me. Having known coaches who have scoffed at a “sudden” goal or race, I must admit that his support took me by pleasant surprise. I hope that when I make my next attempt, I will be able to call on Coach G and learn from him.

PRed the Half Marathon distance

so there’s that!

Craft Classic Half Marathon
Realizing that I had a HUGE PR!!

So, not a bad finish to the year, … even though I missed my main goal of sub 5:30 at Marine Corps Marathon. And now, to start prepping to chase the goal all over again!

How was your year of meeting goals?








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  • Chaitali Shah

    Congrats on the 1001 miles and the half PR! That’s great that the goal for 1001 miles in the year came to you at the right time and was able to inspire you to keep moving πŸ™‚

  • Kimberly

    Congrats on hitting 1001 miles – that’s awesome!
    I love that you reflected on all the positive things this year even though you didn’t hit your marathon time goal.

  • I love this attitude and you really did accomplish a lot to be proud of this year

  • Rachel

    Yay for 1,001 miles! That’s a big milestone! You’ll get your sub-5:30 soon. I can feel it.

  • 1000 miles is nothing to sneeze at! I had a 1000 mile year myself and am quite proud of that, considering everything! Now that you’ve run MCM and know what to expect, you’re going to beat your goal this year. You got this!

  • 1001 miles is amazing!!!! For the first time ever, I’m also over 1,000…but my miles are a mix of running and 3-months of walking (when I was recovering from my unexpected surgery in June). I’m happy to have passed that milestone…but does it count? ugh…oh well, it is what it is, and I’m content with how my year played out. Wishing you all the best in 2018…and more goals conquered πŸ˜‰

  • Andrea Signor

    Holy cow! This is an amazing list of accomplishments. Way to go! I hope 2018 brings even more milestones.

  • Chrissy Carroll

    Oh my goodness! 1001 miles?! That’s incredible. You should be very proud.

  • Toni Church

    You may not have met your MCM goal, but it looks like you had an awesome year anyway. I love his post because we should always look at what we accomplished, rather than what we didnt. We try, we may not make every goal, but we learn from every experience and there is always another race to be run…

  • Wow! 1,001 miles, that is outstanding!! I think just finishing MCM is magnificent!! I ran that a few years ago and it was tough, especially the last 6 miles!!

  • Clarinda

    Sounds like you accomplished a lot of great Insteads. Great job! 1,001 miles is no joke.

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