Thursday, January 7, 2016

Goals, Sort Of

It's a new year.

I have been reading blogs with 2015 recaps and 2016 goals.  I have been on the fence about what I want to write about.  BTW, you all kicked butt last year!

A yearly recap sounds nice but I would write a few words and then just link you back to the original post. Not that I don't think you are interested. I know you are, that is why you are reading right now.  So maybe just a few links to the highlights....

I had one goal for 2015. Run a sub five hour marathon.  I registered for Philly, hired a coach, got a fantastic plan and I actually pulled it off.  I am very proud of that race and smile every time I think about it.
And that, pretty much, covers 2015.

Goals are good to have. Most of you reading this have a goal for 2016 already. I am struggling with that right now.  If you run with me, and know how much I ramble, then you have heard me talk about a bunch of different things that I want to do this year. They range from a 28 minute 5K to an ultra marathon.  All things I will do eventually, but what will it be this year?

I don't know.  And I am ok with that.

I am registered for a half marathon in March. That will keep me motivated and in shape during the long, cold winter months. Not sure if I will go for a PR there. That will depend on the quality of training I pull off this winter.

I am also signed up for the Philadelphia Broad Street Run, May 1.  I absolutely loved this race last year and am really looking forward to this one again. I am fundraising as part of Team Last. They are just a fabulous group of people and I can't wait to see them all again. This race I will run to have fun, but I am looking for a course PR for this one. I know I could have run better last year and now that I am familiar with the race, I think I can do that too.

The Narrow River 5K is the week after Broad Street. This is the race that brought me to tears last year.  It is not an easy course and if I PR at Broad Street, I am guessing my legs will still be tired but I am still aiming for a Sub 30 there.  I will just do my best and try not to cry...

After that I have nothing planned.  And again, I am ok with that. Things like Marine Corps, Vermont, and the RI Six Hour have been talked about during the runs with the girls.  BRF#1 is running Boston this year and we are all really excited for her. What will I actually do is still on the table and I will let you know as soon as I figure it out.

Till then, I would love to hear about your 2016 goals? Maybe you will inspire me to try something new.

Run Strong, Think Big! ~ Nicole

Here are a few highlights from 2015. Thanks for joining me for another year!

Speaks for itself.
These ladies! All of them inspire me.

Yes, I am quoted in Tales From Another Mother Runner!

I think I can say, I got it!


My I Run 4 buddy Wyatt. He is with me every step I take.

Me and BRF#3 before the Narrow River sufferfest.

Because, fun!

Professor Badass

Where we run. #soblessed

The Blessing

My best boy!

Because, fun outfit!

So much rain!

A little bike ride. 
Our wall.

The Iron Cowboy!

Be kind!

Love this one!

Run Philly Gang

Didn't scare us!


Our tradition. Mimosa's after races.

Happy finishers!

The very incredible Emily

My savior.
Before the Newport Bridge Run

Dinner the night before Philly


Eight marathons between the five of us.

Yeah, that.

Two thumbs up!

Best way to start the morning!

Final total, 1054.7


  1. Looks like a great running year. I love to look through my photos; there are always a few experiences I'd forgotten about.

  2. You, like most of us, write from the heart! You captured your year beautifully! And an ultra? the RI 6 hour? COOL!!! Look forward to many Saturday runs with you and the gals in the coming year! You had an awesome year, I'm so happy for you!!!!!

  3. I love all the runs you did. I think I am going to do the Philly Broad street run.

    1. Do it! So much fun! You can join our team if you want.