Reflecting on 2016
by on Thursday, December 22, 2016  (2 comments)

Last week, I mentioned that this is the time of the year that we think about what we want to do next year.

It's also the time of the year when we reflect on the year that has passed. I'd like to take a moment to reflect on what 2016 has held for and maybe look a little forward to what 2017 may hold.

2016 was a very busy year for me personally, which means I didn't have as much time as I'd like to work on Ok, I'll be honest. Even in the best year, I never get as much time as I'd like to work on but this year I got less time than I usually do.

That said, some things have happened at, mostly visible to Club members.

I haven't gotten nearly as many videos uploaded as I wanted. That is going to be a focus for 2017.

However, club members who use the training log should have noticed more visual representations of their training through charts. Club members will now see a "My Trends" section on the homepage where they can see daily and monthly trends (weekly trends to come). They will also see charts in other parts of their logs that should help them visualize how their training has been going.

As always, I've also made some changes to the display of the site to modernize it and make it easier to use on both big and small screens. Most of these should not be terribly noticeable for most but I hope, if you had issues in the past, they have been resolved. If not, don't hesitate to let me know.

On the content side, I took a look through all of this year's blog posts and noted far too many to mention that I'm very happy to see out there. A few of the many I'm happy to have had the ability to write about over the course of 2016:

Following up on the Winter running post I originally wrote many years ago and update/resurface every year, I finally wrote a Summer running post that will probably get similar treatment.

I wrote about both not getting caught up in "magic workouts" and the importance of consistency, which are related topics in my opinion.

I started a spotlight workout series with hilly long runs. Being a series, I should probably write at least a couple more posts in 2017.

I also noticed that I repeated myself some (Consistency matters and Get off the roller coaster for example). I don't regret this and I will continue to do so because some topics are important enough to be repeated.

On the coaching front, we're always learning and things never go perfectly. There have been ups and downs but I'm happy to report that there were far more ups than downs, including a runner who set a PR in every race he ran this year, a runner taking her first ever overall victory, and a few Boston Qualifying marathon efforts. I haven't been working with many runners this year but those who I have had the opportunity to work with, as usual, are hard workers who make my job a wonderful experience.

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365 Days ago, I did my last run of 2015, a non-descript 4 miles in 32:50. Today, one year later, I ran a bit shorter 3.75 miles in the exact same time. So what changed? Well for starters, I went 310 days without running, the victim of a torn meniscus in my left knee. The pain being so great that I shut it down after that Christmas eve 4 miler. Conservative treatment and rest did not cure me, so I went under the knife in late August. The meniscectomy was planned, the femoral chondral defect was not known until after they opened up my knee. My recovery went well, and 9 weeks after the surgery, I began to go on short, slow and easy runs and am now up to 3-4 miles 3-4 days a week. I am thankful for Dr. Baer at UW Health for the successful surgery, and the fact that winter will allow me to build back up slowly. I missed Team HillRunner events in '16, but hope to be back at Al's Run next fall. Happy Holidays everyone!

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Peter, it's so good to see you're back running and this terrible chapter of your running life appears to be behind you. Definitely looking forward to seeing you back at Al's Run, as well as hoping to see pictures of you out on family runs.

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