2016 is in the books (thankfully). Personally, it was a horrible year for me. But, I’m not going to dwell in the past, and I’m certainly not going to look at the bad stuff. Instead I want to look at two numbers that mean a lot to me. These numbers represent some major accomplishments for me in 2016.
The first number is 10. Ok, what does 10 mean? Glad you asked. You see, I set a goal for myself at the beginning of 2016. I wanted to run 12 5K races (one per month) throughout the year. The number I finished at was 10 (one of which was a 6K). Short of my goal, yes, but still great for me. I didn’t start running until May 2015, so for me to complete 10 races is a major accomplishment. I was the guy who said I would never run. Well, you know what they say – never say never!
The second number is 823.41. This one surprised me. As I began my quest to run 12 races, I also decided to track the miles I ran and walked. This number (823.41) represents the total number of miles I ran and walked in 2016. I know there are runners out there who may not consider this a major accomplishment, but for me (the guy who said he would never run, remember) this is huge! I had no idea I was that active during the year, but I’m glad I was. Again, it surprised me. I guess I didn’t really think about how quickly those short runs and walks add up.
So now we have welcomed in the new year. It is 2017 – time for fresh starts. I’m hopeful that 2017 will be better for me on many levels. Some of that I can (and will) control. I have lofty goals for running again this year. I am working on a weekly running schedule that will help me train for the races I plan to run. Once again, my goal is 12 races (one per month). In addition, my desire is to complete my first 10K in 2017. Hopefully more than one! I also want to log at least 1000 miles running and walking. I know I can do it, and I look forward to a happy and healthy 2017!