Theo recently wrote about what it means to be a runner. And I gotta tell you, I never ever considered myself a runner. For many many years I was a sprinter (for those newbies, I ran track in HS and college- 400, 800). I ran a half hour or less in my training. I ran under 2.5 minutes of running for my races. But I've changed. In 2010, I became a runner. And I hope to stay one for many years to come.
I actually completed 1009.86 miles in 2010!
(Start of training for the Providence Marathon, took 1 week off due to rolling ankle)
(Ran two races, Foxboro 10 Miler, Hyannis Half)
(Ran two races, Ras 5K and Eastern States 20 Miler - my first 20!)
(Ran my second 20 miler, tapered for Providence)
(Ran my first marathon on May 2nd! And not a lot else apparently)
(Went to Europe for two weeks, Ran 1 race- JP Morgan Challenge, began training for Marathon #2: New York)
(got injured again and had to cross train more than expected- ran my first 20 miler of the training season in lots of pain and then ran my second a few weeks later)
(ran my last 20 miler by running most of the Boston Marathon route backwards)
(Ran my second marathon: NY in a new PR)
I'm taking time off from the marathon distance in 2011 but I do have some goals!
Running Goals in 2011
1. Beat my PR in the Half Marathon
2. If that goes well, I want to run sub 1:50
(I'm giving myself two chances, Hyannis Half in Feb, National Half in March)
3. Run a Blogger Relay
(Cape Relay in May!)
4. Concentrate on getting faster while running more short races
5. Switch it up, spin more, do more classes, lift more, cross train more
(It's really easy when you are training for marathons to beat yourself up about not hitting a certain amount of mileage each week but I am proof you can run a marathon on 3 days of running! This year I want to get back into other forms of cardio and lifting)
6. Lose 10+ pounds in my companies Biggest Loser Competition
I wasn't sure if I should write the last one because I am proud of everything I've accomplished in the last year at the weight I'm at. And I am not unhappy with my body. But I'm not sure I'm exactly happy with it either. For a long time I've been eating whatever I want whenever I want it and not fueling my body properly. Plus Runner's World says for every pound you lose, you'll run about two seconds faster per mile. And I want to get faster!
Today, Stephanie, my friend Alli and I ran 12 miles on the Cape this morning.
Both girls are training for Boston; their first marathon. Can I just tell you the Cape is HILL-Y! Wow! I really struggled on this run. I couldn't help but feel that if I was a bit thinner this wouldn't be as hard. I know thats a little ridiculous but I also know, I need to break my bad eating habits lately!
12 Miles: 1:53:38/9:28 paceMile 1: 8:54, Mile 2: 9:10, Mile 3: 9:13, Mile 4: 9:20, Mile 5: 9:28, Mile 6: 9:42, Mile 7: 9:36, Mile 8: 9:47, Mile 9: 9:40, Mile 10: 9:48, Mile 11: 9:35, Mile 12: 9:25
Eating Goals in 2011
1. Eat Slower
(I eat so fast - I want to learn to enjoy food more and not stuff it in my face)
2. Eat more vegetarian meals (without the cheese)
3. Limit my eating while cooking
4. Limit my cheese intake
(Lord knows I couldn't give it up completely!)
5. Eat more fruit
Blog Goals in 2011
1. Update my header
(my friend Meg who is amazing Graphic Designer is 90% Done)
2. Write Shorter Posts
(this is not a good example of that)
3. Have more of a focus in Blog Posting- either about food or running
4. Meet more blogger buddies... YES, you!
So there you have it folks. Have you accomplished your 2010 goals? What are your 2011 goals?