Total Miles: 1405
Half Marathons: 1
Best Races of the Year:
Early in 2022 I was running extremely well. I had put in a solid effort throughout the winter and I came out pretty strong. My goal was to run consistently in the 23's for a 5K and I started to see that I was fully capable of hitting that time in my first legit race of the year. In a very competitive race, I ran a 23:50.
One of the races I was most proud of was the Las Vegas Half Marathon. It was my only half marathon of the year (more on that later) but I've never run particularly well there. My endurance training hadn't gone quite as well as I had hoped and I was apprehensive about the race. I expected another 2+ hour sufferfest.
This year, though, I ran well and knocked out a 1:57. I felt like I had paced it really well, dialed in my diet and did extremely well for myself. It wasn't a PR effort by any means, but given the circumstances, I didn't cross the finish line disappointed.
Finally, I ran well at the March Madness 10K. This was another legitimate course and I nearly broke 50 minutes. This was another one of my goals in 2022 and I came within 34 seconds of it. I think I lost some time on it as a result of allergies but overall a race that I remember running well at.
Worst Races of the Year:
Looking back at my logs, I felt like I really only had 2 races where I felt I had run poorly. The comments below do NOT reflect on the organizers. They are 100% my performance-based thoughts.
The West Fest 5K was humbling. The course was very long (according to my Garmin) but still, for a 5K, I ran it poorly. I ran nearly 28 minutes for 3.3 miles. Even accounting for the extra quarter mile it was just a dud of a race for me. Granted, this was my first race in ages and it was also my first race after Covid and dealing with my stress fracture.
The Sound of Hope 5K was baffling to me. I was racing a lot of 5Ks at the time and my times were progressively getting better. It was a flat, accurate course but after halfway through I just died and it was a gut-buster to the finish. I ran a 25:11, which was a major step backwards. I suspect the headwind and a bit of heat caught up with me but I wasn't happy with my race performance.
Goals and Setbacks
Run 23:30 -- consistently for 5Ks. I semi did this. I came up a bit short but I think that had to do with my injuries and Covid. My training was definitely there and I was inching closer to it by the fall season. However, it just came too late and I never really had that "A" race that I could smash for a finish.
Growth This Year
I stuck with it and each time I did it, I felt like this couldn't work. I'd be walking to hit the heart rates in zone 2.
- I feel fresher, more often. I don't struggle with soreness and a feeling of being over trained.
- I am able to hit my harder workouts harder and complete them. I no longer think about or cut them off early.
- My mileage has increased by about 30% without feeling beat up.
- In the late season my 5Ks were improving. But whether this was a result of speed training, cooler temps, or a combination of factors remains to be seen.