Just finished my last run of the year, a nice barefoot 3.6 miler. I’m feeling much better today, though still coughing a bit. I’ll go long on Tues or Wed, then taper time.
Here are some numbers and stuff from 2010.
Total mileage: 1733.9
Avg pace: 8:57
The year started out slowly, waiting for my toe to heal (heal to toe?). I jumped into training for Blue Ridge once I was all together again (maybe a little bit prior to that). I survived, then it was on to Grandfather in July, a month that also featured meeting ac, getting sick, a disfiguring tick attack, and a broken toe. I guess I should say running with ac was the highlight. I did puke right after meeting him, though.
The second half of the year was more laid back and social. The Blue Ridge Relay was a wonderful experience and left a permanent mark on my running brain. While the Salem Lake 30k was a bust for me race-wise, I enjoyed the racing while it lasted just as much as the walking at the end. Plus I got a good pic out of it:
Then I decided to stop dilly-dallying and run faster. No more easy runs – I ran like I meant it every time out. Instead of exhausting myself, I found ways to be efficient and roll with it. October was my most prolific month with not only the most miles, but at a record avg pace (it was busy at work, too). November was faster, and while there were fewer miles I snuck in my own marathon. The last month has been tough – Run To Victory took a lot out of me, then I got sick (again? I blame not being a recluse. Hermits never get sick, I bet).
Which brings us to now, with me trying not to spill tea on my laptop. Here’s what the year looked like in the form of graphs:
Total races: 16
1st place in AG x5
3rd place in AG x2
2 relays – the Massacre Marathon and Blue Ridge
2 marathons – Blue Ridge Parkway and Grandfather Mtn
1 30k – Salem Lake
2 half marathons – Danville and Run To Victory (1st in AG for both)
3 10k – Mocksville, Freedom Run, Run for the Rub (1st AG, course was short; I really should adjust my PR column)
1 8k – Run for the Greenway (3rd AG)
5 5k – Run to the End Zone (1st AG), Trail Mix (first barefoot trail race), Kernersville (3rd AG), Beat the Heat, Goblin Gallop (1st AG)
marathons in mountains were slow, agonizing
training inconsistent, unstructured
I ran on the track only once
attacked by ticks (feet thankfully not scarred)
broke a toe running with Sunny the dog
experienced outrage fatigue, stopped giving a rats about podiatrists
podiatrists return the indifference
started loving hipster music again (thanks a lot, Angie B Hotz)
beer has become a daily staple
three 5ks were sub-20, plummeting pace in general
no foot modeling contract
I discovered the awesomeness of relays
I didn’t run many trails
I ran the marathon distance all by my lonesome, unplanned
even Arcade Fire? Yup. Now I’m Ready to Start… wearing low-riding, big-belted, too-tight jeans.
So, what about 2011? No plans, no goals. I hope I continue to get faster, stay injury-free(ish), bump into more blogosphere friends in meat space, enjoy life, and most of all, not be boring.
OK, fine. Here are some goals:
Finish the Charleston Marathon strong and fast
Be in as many pictures taken by Shannon at Umstead as possible
More gravel work (ugh)
Blah etc Blah. Thank you guys for hanging out and exchanging witticisms. I look forward to reading about your progress on this dusty old road of existence. May all your victories be triumphant, your tragedies comical.