Reflecting on 2016

This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

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 HillRunner.com 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 HillRunner.com. Ok, I’ll be honest. Even in the best year, I never get as much time as I’d like to work on HillRunner.com but this year I got less time than I usually do.

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