At the end of the each year following my hip replacement, I have provided a recap of the year and established new goals (See 2012 Recap, 2013 Recap, 2014 Recap, 2015 Recap). These recaps have helped me to assess my progress and establish goals for the new year.
Here is a recap of my goals for 2016….
2016 couldn’t have turned out better given my circumstances….Here is how I did.
- Snake River in under 1:35. My time: 1:30:48. Boom! Good way to start the year with this goal.
- Bloomsday in sub 49:00. My time: 49:02. OK. Not bad. Close
- Weight under 180. This was one that I couldn’t get to. I will be carrying over this goal into 2017.
- Survive the Rut. Not only did I survive it, I took third in my age group.
- Increased Leg Strength. Summer training for the mountain runs helped with this very much. I spent a lot time doing elevation training and this helped with my leg strength.
- Hip Runner Shirt..Version 2.0. Yep it came out. 🙂
- Break the record for the most Hip Runners gathered together at one time – Currently 3. Some day it will happen, but it didn’t happen in 2016
- Stay Optimistic. Scheduling (and completing) a mountain run and a rim-to-rim Grand Canyon run in 2016 is a good indicator that I reached this goal.
So what is in store for 2017?
As I plan my goals for 2017, I am still recovering from my achilles issue incurred during my Grand Canyon run in October. But I am taking PT and hope to be back at it soon. So in no particular order….here are my goals for 2017…
- Snake River in under 1:35. I ran in it in 1:30 last year but a I suffered a set back with my left achilles tendon after the Grand Canyon run. This has severely limited my outside running. I have been getting workouts in on my Zero Runner.
- Bloomsday in sub 49:00. Same goal as last year. I will be happy to achieve this.
- Weight under 180. Try number 2. 2017 is the year!
- Beat the Rut. Last year was a trial run. I survived. This year I know what it is like. Let’s see if I can beat last year’s time.
- More Strength. If I have learned anything, it is that overall strength is necessary to avoid injury. Especially for us Hip Runners. This year I will focus more on overall body strength especially strengthening the glutes and the legs.
- Hip Runner Shirt..Version 3.0. Version 2.0 was good, but Version 3 will be even better.
- Stay Optimistic. I have to close with this one. Where am I without it?
Where would Hip Runner be without optimistic people who believed that they could continue their running pursuits after their hip replacements? Stay tuned for my next post which will focus on the most noteable posts of 2016 from this Hip Running Community…..