Fall ends very early in Duluth, so even though we’ve not reached the winter solstice, I’m ready to close the book on the season.
I won’t be setting any goals for “winter” (December-February), because I don’t really race then. I’ll set my year-long goals in January, and then do seasonal goals for spring, summer, and fall. I know some people need that next race on the calendar to get themselves psyched up, but I feel great about not having any running obligations, and I’m glad to have a break from race fees!
My fall running goals were as follows:
- Course personal best at WD50K.
I didn’t finish, so I’m starting off well here.
- Set another marathon PR.
I didn’t start the Birkie, so I didn’t set a marathon PR. I finished the Fall Back Blast in 15:55, a pace nearly a minute faster than my marathon PR pace from July.
- Run all the remaining segments of the Superior Hiking Trail between Duluth and Two Harbors.
I completed all the segments except the long one from Lake County Demonstration Forest to Reeves Road. Bummer, but I didn’t have the time nor the energy for a 22 mile run, and couldn’t make it work to run with a friend and coordinate parking.
- Take 2 weeks off deliberately.
In progress. I’m four days in and have a cold already. Huzzah.
That was a pretty poor showing (25%!), but at the same time, I still set an overall 50K PR, I ran a lot of fun new segments of the Superior Hiking Trail, and I am enjoying my time off during a really annoying cold snap. I had plenty to enjoy about my fall season, even if I didn’t achieve many of my goals. It’s about the journey, not the destination.