The new year is a perfect time to assess last year’s performance and set goals.

2014 was a pretty good year for running for me. I accumulated a total of 1,100 miles, adding two full marathons to my resume and a half marathon. I PR’d in my first full marathon of the year, in April, with a time of 3:13:41. The half I ran was my first ever, and I was more than satisfied with my time of 1:30:33. The only major setback was a battle with iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS) which turned chronic, lasting from May to October.

I looked back at old blog posts to find my running goals for 2014. They were 1) to run a marathon in 3:16 or less, and 2) to run 1,500 miles. I succeeded at meeting my marathon goal but fell 400 miles short of my mileage goal. However, I do not see this as a failure, because I would have hit 1,500 had I not had ITBS.

My running goals for 2015 are to stay healthy and have no overuse injuries, PR in the marathon (sub 3:10 would be awesome) and to get involved with a Chicago running group, such as CARA.

2015 promises to be an awesome year for running. I’m now living in a city that loves to run and I already have my two marathons for the year planned out. Soon I will be registering for Grandma’s Marathon in Duluth. I also intend on registering for the Chicago Marathon. That race will be extra special for me.