Wednesday, December 30, 2009

2009 Running Year in Review

Ah yes – 2009. Over the past few days, I’ve seen all sorts of year in review and even some century in review posts. I have always liked looking back – mostly at the numbers. I have a hard time remembering specific events (mostly because of heavy, heavy drinking) but I can always remember the numbers. I never even thought about doing a century in review post, but when I did think about it my head hurt and I smelled burning hair.

So, to avoid any more brain damage, here is only the last year at a glance of course, by the numbers:
  • Miles ran: 1285
  • Races: Two marathons, one 10K, four 5Ks
  • Miles biked: 130 (this is a very raw number as I didn’t track any of my trainer mileage)
  • Nipples chaffed: 0
  • Allergic reactions to band aids on nipples: 300,000 (my wife won’t let me post pictures :(
  • Stress Fractures: 1
  • Pounds gained while not running because of stress fractures: 9
  • Nights spent in hotel rooms: 129

In 2009, so many things happened. MJ is gone, but fortunately the Jonas brothers stepped up to take his place. John Gosslin continued to astound me with his stupidity and Michael Phelps got caught taking a hit off of a bong. For me, 2009 was a year of great highs (not the bong kind) with some deafening lows.

  • While I set my marathon PR of 3:29:29 in May, I suffered a stress fracture in September that put me on the couch for 8 weeks.
  • In June, I bought a house in Phoenix and sweated my balls face off running in the Arizona heat
  • In August, I set my weekly mileage PR at 57 miles
  • And in October I bought a bike to get myself moving while I couldn’t run

Of course, like I said before, I’m sure that there were LOTS of other things that I can’t remember but none enough to stand out. While I had all sorts of fun in 2009, I can only assume that 2010 will be just as fun if not MORE fun. Like I always say, “If it isn’t fun, we’ll grit our teeth and force it to be fun!”


Jamoosh said...

Nipples chaffed: 0


The Sean said...

no nipple chaffing= not enough long runs.

Though I guess in lieu of such, a stress fracture provides balance to the Universe.

GeorgiaSnail said...

I will follow the trend...

Nipple chaffing/allergic reaction to band aids. I use a little piece of a medical adhesive tape that you can find at Target, it is cheaper and easier than the band aids...

Pat said...

congrats on a great year and a marathon PR and I'll be the first to thank your wife/editor for keeping the chest shots out of the blog.

Morgan said...

You've had an excellent year despite the stress fracture! Congrats!

I'm with Jamoosh - You are totally a winner with no nipple chaffing! SCORE!

Cheers to 2010!!!

Rio said...

What a great year! (Other than the stress fracture and rash issues, that is)
Allergic reaction to band-aids over nips? Yikes- that'd be a hard one to weight risk vs. benefit.

OhMyLaughter said...

My go to motto: "It's been real, it's been fun, but has it been real fun?" PEACE 2009!

Anyway, I love this blog!!! Gosh you are hardcore yet make everything you put yourself through sound fun or at least funny.

Stoner Michael Phelps had to be one of the funniest costume ideas for Halloween 2k9. Too bad the Tiger news didn't come out until Thanksgiving.

RunnuRMark said...

great, now I'm like the ONLY douche that hasn't posted a year in review. I guess I'd better get typing.
I'd say you still made a pretty fine year out of it, despite the stress fracture. 2010 better watch the hell out.
p.s. - those doing century reviews are about a decade too late...

Jill said...

Happy New Year!! Found your blog and love it, thanks! I'm glad, though, your wife wouldn't allow you to show the allergic reaction to the bandaids :). I hope you have a fabulous 2010, I look forward to sharing the road with you!