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Running 2015

I had my strongest running year in 2015 and that was with a period of about 2 months where running was painful. After a long period of rest and some new shoes, I got back to it almost two weeks ago and have worked myself back up to 3 miles. Granted, my pace has been a work in progress (this morning's run in my cold and wind was particularly challenging), but I'm happy to accept that as part of the process.

My running had one significant change for a large part of the year - I had somebody to run with. Our friend Jimmy decided to get into running and we started running together in March. He definitely helped to push my pace and keep that consistency. Plus, it was nice to have someone else out with me. I got to run with my cousin Heath at the lake over the 4th of July weekend too, which was a lot of fun.

This year did produce my best race times ever, as I set personal bests in both 5K (25:19) and 5 mile (41:44) distances. I am very proud of that.

As far as goals for 2016, I simply want to keep running without any issues. Oh, and that elusive 25 minute 5K would be nice too, although I'm thinking I many try some 10Ks this year. We'll see.

Stats
I ran 128 times this year for a total of 430 miles, which averages to 3.36 miles per run. These are all significant increases over last year - 28 more runs, 120 more miles, and .26 miles per run more to be exact. Hmm, no wonder my body broke down a bit.

I averaged a pace of 8:29 per mile on the year. That is 7 seconds per mile better than last year.

My indoor pace (47 miles) was 8:26 per mile, which is slower than last year's pace by 18 seconds a mile. That's odd. I didn't run as much inside either - 12.45 miles less.

My outdoor pace (383 miles) was 8:29 per mile, which is fast than last year's pace by 14 seconds a mile. Well, there's the difference. I was just more consistent no matter if I ran outside or in.

I ran 4 races this year (3 5Ks and a 5 mile) at an average pace of 8:28 per mile. That's the same number of races, but 20 seconds per mile better than last year. Wow. No wonder I put up personal bests!

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