i like waiting until the year is very close to over before i do my recap, and i guess it’s close enough!
2010 has been an interesting and very fun year to say the least.
if you were to look at my goals for this year and measure my success by how many i accomplished, it wouldn’t be the best of years, especially not compared to 2009. however, i am not measuring the success of this year on those goals or on any numbers on the clock.
for me, 2010 was about finding who i am as a runner. it was about finding out what i really loved about the sport. i pushed myself, i succeeded and i fell short, but most importantly i wasn’t afraid to try and i didn’t give up.
i learned a lot this year…
- my success in running is not defined by my marathons or by a number on the clock.
- i love to run, even without a training cycle.
- i love to run on dirt, on roads, on sidewalks, in the rain and even in the heat.
- i love to run alone, with people, with my dogs.
- life doesn’t always revolve around running, and that is ok!
and most of all, i learned i am a runner.
i always knew it, but when i was tested without a training cycle, without always having a huge goal in my face, when it wasn’t necessarily the #1 thing on my priority list, when the newness wore off and PRs didn’t necessarily come frequently, and i still got out there and was running, that’s when i really knew. it’s just a part of who i am now.
a lot happened in 2010!
i set a half marathon PR, i ran a bunch of trail races, 8 half marathons, 2 great marathons and had some really strong training cycles before them. i challenged myself at the track, i ran a marathon then a relay then a half marathon on back to back to back weekends, and i ran the muddiest trail half marathon ever. i met a ton of friends, i was brave and joined a running group, i got to be the matron of honor in my little brother’s wedding, i became an ambassador for the SF marathon, and i was asked to be part of the nike women’s make yourself movement. i set new personal bests in yearly mileage (2,235.8), monthly mileage (263.1), and weekly mileage (70.1).
it was a great year.
what is in store for 2011?