Monday, January 01, 2007

Goals: 2006, 2007

ORN: 2 miles, sort of comfortable

One year ago today, I published here my
2006 Goals: A Full and a 2. Quite simply, I set out to run a sub-2 hour half-marathon and a full marathon during the year. And I did it, having both goals done by early May. Then I did it again, with another marathon and a second sub-2 half.

At the start of the year, both seemed beyond reach; I think the sub 2 even more than the full. But it happened. And that makes for a good year. The recent ITB struggles notwithstanding, it was a darn good year, for which I am very grateful.

So, here’s my goal for 2007:
Run the half-marathon distance on two consecutive weekends, pain free.
Right now, this seems about as distant as last year’s goal did on January 1. And there is one difference; once I reach this goal, I’ll state a new goal for the remainder of the year. But, if I can’t get to this one, there is no point in worrying about specific races or targeted times. Right now, I have to get the ITB cured and get back to what I really enjoy; the long runs on the weekend.

So, that’s it. Goals help focus the mind and provide a basis for grounded assessments. All treatment options for the ITB must move towards this goal.

And, hey, I had a nice run this morning!! Our local club, the
Wabash River Runner's Club had our annual “Run in the New Year” fun run at 10am this morning. This social event (with no times and each person could select to run 2, 4 or 6 miles) used to go at midnight but we all got too tired to stay up that late. We had 100 people run, followed by breakfast at a restaurant near the start. Met some folks new to the area, caught up with some old friends, got plenty of empathy for my ITB travails and, perhaps most importantly, got the name of a highly-regarded sports massage therapist with an office less than a mile from my work. I ran a simple two miles in 21 minutes. The ITB was there but not debilitating. I ran the entire way and almost enjoyed it. Spending 15 minutes stretching before the run certainly helped.

I wish you well on this New Year. May each of you be an encouragement to those around you.


Anonymous said...

Glad you got a pain-free run for the new year! Congrats on reaching your goals for 2006. And I am wishing you luck and good health for your 2007 goal.

I'll have some pictures up eventually - gotta wait for one of our buddies to send them to me.

Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Nice job on reaching your goals for the year and I hope you can reach your goal for 2007 early in the year. A pain free Joe is a happy Joe.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year, Joe! Keep up the good work and that ITB/knee thing will be a memory in the recent past :-) Have a great 07!

Anonymous said...

Joe, thanks for the reminder to not let our current circumstances overshadow the accomplishments and good stuff of the past year.

Very nice job in meeting and surpassing your goals. Keep up the good work on the ITB and glad to see you had an enjoyable run this morning.

All the best for 2007.

Anonymous said...

Great job reaching your goals in 2006! I'm glad you can still see the good despite your current injury. Wishing you a healthy 2007 with many running miles! : )

Anonymous said...

Great job on 2006 -Good luck on 2007. And congrats on getting the run in.

Anonymous said...

You should be proud of those accomplishments. And I have faith the ITB will stop complaining soon. Keep rolling and running. The massage sounds like a great idea:)
Happy New Year, Joe.