Despite a late in the year injury, 2010 was a pretty good year. I ran more miles than I’ve ever run. I PR’d at two distances (oddly enough a 5k and a marathon). I got some new states in and I drank a whole lot of beer. What more could I ask for? OK, I admit it, I’m greedy. I’ll be asking more of 2011, but we’ll talk about that later. First, let’s take a look at 2010.
I had 2 big plans going into the year: Alaska and a marathon.
Big Plan #1 -Alaska. We nailed this one. We had an amazing trip, my dad and I rocked a 10 mile race, and we hit way too many brewpubs. ;o) It was a great way to celebrate 15 years of marriage and my 40th birthday.
Big Plan #2 – Run a 2nd marathon. Nailed this one too. PR’d by 14 minutes at the Bob Potts marathon. I didn’t hit my goal of 4:30 though, so there may be another one in the future.
My goals all stemmed from the above plans…
So, the goals were:
1. Train smart, enjoy my training, and successfully PR in a spring marathon.
Yes, yes, and yes.
2. Race in at least 3 states.
Let’s see – I hit Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Vermont, and New Hampshire. So, yep, another goal met.
3. Cross train.
FAIL! It wasn’t until I was injured at Thanksgiving that I picked up the cross training. I’ve got Bikram yoga and the gym going on these days, but who knows how long that will last.
4. 4 is the new 3.
Kind of. After my coaching class, I started varying my run distances more. I was doing 4 miles 4 days a week and one long run. I’m now trying to get back to two 3s, two 6s, and a long run – with the short runs to increase as I go along.
Non-running goals (yes, I had a few of those as well.)
1. Bring a little beer to the blog.
I think I did ok on this. Some Savor posts, a few beer dinners, a few brewpubs and a meet-up with Jamoosh added a little non-running fun.
2. Start exploring how to turn some of my interests into a job.
Well, I started writing over at Metro DC Mom. I also got my RRCA certification as a running coach. I’m volunteering with a local running store and potentially helping with a race. I’m also apprenticing with another coach and considering further personal training certifications. So, yeah, I’m slowly, slowly finding a “not going back to the 9-5” career path. Only time will tell on that.
All in all, I’d call 2010 a successful year. There’ve been some stressful times (pretty much the whole month of October and a chunk of November), but there’s been a lot of fun and adventure along the way.
So, what’s in store for 2011? Well, you are just going to have to wait a day or two to hear. ;o)