Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 Year in Review

Total Miles: 4585 miles; my highest yearly mileage ever and 522 miles more than last year. That’s an average of 88 miles/week or 12.5 miles/day.

Weeks Over 100 Miles: 17

Highest Weekly Mileage: 106.3

Biggest Month: August (456.7 miles)

PRs: Marathon, 2:31:44 at Indy Monumental Marathon; 10 seconds faster than my previous PR last year.

Number of Races: 7 (2 marathons, 2 half-marathons, 10 mile, 10K and 5K). Would have liked to race more, but I'm okay with only 7 races.  I enjoy the process and journey of marathon training leading up to the big events. 

States I Raced In: 5 - Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Indiana. I also raced in Washington DC, but it's not a "state". 

Days I Did Not Run: 8; not bad. Took 3 days off after Boston, 3 days when my son was born, 1 day after Indy, and 1 day because it was icy conditions and I didn’t feel like running on the treadmill.

Saucony Running Shoes: 11 (3 x Kinvara6, 6 x Kinvara7, Freedom ISO, Type A6)

4585 Total Miles
2016 was another excellent year of running. In fact, I would rate 2016 as my best running year since taking up the sport back in 1999. In 2016 and at the age of 39, I ran my highest mileage ever, PR'd and broke my own Guam National Record for the marathon, and more importantly, remained healthy and injury-free.  Even though I only PR'd in the marathon event, there's no doubt that I would have also ran personal bests in the half-marathon and 10-mile distances if race day conditions were better. Unfortunately, Mother Nature was not on our side.  The Rock 'n' Roll Philadelphia in September ended up being very warm and humid, and the Army Ten-Miler in early October turned out to be a very windy day.  Despite the less-than-ideal conditions for the two races, I still ran strong and finished with respectable times, 1:12:48 at RnR Philly and 54:41 at the Army 10-Miler.  

Almost every year I run two marathons, one in the spring and one in the fall.  2016 was no different.  In April, I ran my sixth total and fifth consecutive Boston finishing in 2:37:23, good for 90th Overall.  It was my second time finishing in the Top 100 at the world's most prestigious marathon. For my fall marathon, I chose to run Indianapolis Monumental Marathon over California International Marathon, which I ran in 2014 and 2015.  I went into Indy in the best marathon fitness I've ever been in and with hopes of running a sub-2:30. As you've probably already seen from my previous blog post, I came up short.  I was still very happy to end up with a PR though.  

Boston Marathon
2:37:23 (90th Overall)

Indianapolis Monumental Marathon
2:31:44 (PR)