Torture Report: 2015 Highlights and Check-ins

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(G): It’s been a Boundless Year of experiences.
At the start of 2015 I had lots of big goals and things I wanted to accomplish. The beauty or pain of having a blog is that while you may not fully remember what you promised you’d do… it’s only a click or google search away. And then the moment of truth arrives.

Hmm, I was quite the ambitious soul last January. It seems I may have been delirious, hungover or exhausted when I wrote these.

2015 adventures:

– Lowi and I are going to collectively run 2,015 miles (I collected about 1600 miles)
– Again, I am setting the goal of logging 1,700 miles. (I fell about 100 miles short again this year)
– I am committing to one fitness challenge a month. (This one fell off the radar)
– I am keeping the sugar intake to a minimum. (This I did pretty well all year.)
– Outrun 24 2015!! (100K Distance)
– Keeping with the strength training even during high mileage weeks. (meh, yes and no)
– Sun Salutations every day! (Most days I did do this!)

Overall, It’d say it’s equal parts success and not so much success…
Did meet all my goals?
No way!

Did I end up learning lessons I needed that may lead to an even better 2016?
I think so.

I didn’t want to stop running for basically four months due to hip pain. But I had ignored it and not properly tended to it for far longer so that’s what happened.

I learned that down time is necessary for the body and the soul.
When long distances are part of your life, recovery is a necessity. In the last few years I haven’t done that part very well. I underestimated the value of some extended rest and it caught up with me.

My seeming failures in the latter part of this year have actually turned out to be just the lessons I needed.
For years, John has told me to take December off and I never really did until this year.
I’d always think I was going to but I couldn’t quite let the training go for fear that when January 1 arrived I wouldn’t be ready to train.
But with that mindset has come bouts of what one could only call burn out, which I think I’ve been dancing with for a while now.

As I was pondering this year in review of sorts I thought more important than what I accomplished was what was I most proud of?

*I got closer to a full 24 hours in a 24-hour race.
*I accomplished a 100K and on my birthday!
*I stopped ignoring pain.
*I got for help with my biomechanics and committed to getting healthy before I ran another step.
*I took a break.
*I practiced self care.
*I got better. I am better.

I feel the best I have in a while and proud that I was able to take a step back, care for myself so I can say I am starting 2016 healthy and healed up.

Sacred

(L)  When G suggested that we recap our year I thought, Dear God, what were my goals and did I actually accomplish anything this year?!  As G said, our goals are only a click away so it wasn’t hard to see what I was thinking back on January 1st!  So here it is:

Monthly Challenges (January -Planks) – to be honest I am not even sure I made it through January!
Running 2,015 miles with G – Umm, let’s just say I fell short
Outrun 2015 – I had to give up my spot to attend my daughter’s concert
Slacker Half Marathon – I actually accomplished this goal.  Well, I ran the whole thing, just not very well.
Running 3-4 days week with my neighbor  – my neighbor and I have been pretty successful at getting out and doing this most days of the week.
Weight training – yep,this happened for part of the year.
Yoga – this happened for part of the year as well.

My first thought?  Epic Fail!

As 2015 comes to a close along with my opportunity to accomplish my goals I feel a mixture of frustration, motivation and maybe even a little grace. Why grace?  Well, my theme for the year was Sacred and to be honest my idea of sacred turned out to look very different than I imagined back in January, but it was sacred nonetheless. Not a total failure. It’s been a big year and there have been a lot of changes.  These changes are what kept me from focusing on my goals. but I still have learned a lot about myself.  One of the biggest lessons I learned was that I need to think about my family when making my goals because I know I won’t choose training or a race over my kids.  While I didn’t accomplish some of my bigger goals I did continue to do what I needed to stay sane.  I walked 3 miles/day most days of the week and I am ending the year about 10 pounds down from last year.

So, while I still have some lofty goals I am planning for 2016 I am keeping my family in mind.  I am also going into 2016 with a clearer picture of what I want my year to look like. I am excited to get started.

As recap of some of the better or at least more entertaining weeks of our torture:

Random Stories

Enter the Pain Cave

Holy Hills

Concrete Combat

Out-running a Birthday

No Puking on Your Shoes

Battling Through One Day

Sunshine & Sarcasm,

Lowi & G

The Torture Report began in January 2014 as a weekly update of our journey to completing a 50-mile race. Since then it’s continued on to become a chronicle of how we try mightily to find fitness, health and sometimes the finish line. We aren’t always successful but we keep showing up and telling you all about it on Tuesdays.

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