First, my virtual race is still on! Check out this post for the details, but basically if you're a runner you should be running 3.1 miles on January 28th.
Also, check out my previous post and ask elite marathoner Trisha Miller some good questions! I've had a lot on twitter, but the blog peeps are slacking.
2011? Success!! I kept my son alive. Parenting, for the win!
I like looking back at the years gone by. If you don't look in the rear view mirror once in a while, you never know if you're about to back through the closed garage door. The past is there to help us to not make the same mistakes twice (or three times, or four times). So here is a look back at my original goals and where I ended up!
2011 by the numbers:
Miles ran: 2,277
Marathon states added: 3 (Oklahoma, Iowa, Georgia)
PRs set: 3 (Marathon - 3:19, Half marathon - 1:29, 4 mile - 24:58)
Running shoes used: 7 pairs
Run a 3:15 marathon Grade: C- (Ran a 3:19)
This was probably my number one goal for 2011. In an effort to hit this goal, I nearly doubled my mileage, sacrificed running races and sacrificed too many other things than I'd like to count (Read: the layer of skin between my thighs). I had previously been working towards a sub 3:20 and decided to skip past it and just run 3:15 instead. The result? 3:20 and a 4 minute PR. So, I'm getting faster, but not quite fast enough to head to Boston and lick the street where the finish line is painted.
Even my son was exhausted at the thought of a 3:15
Make one attempt at a 3:10 marathon. Grade: B+ (Tried once)
Did it! I tried in Savannah. Although, Yoda would say that trying is bullshit (I think that is a direct quote), but like I said in my goals post, unless you put yourself out there you'll never do it. So, even though this was almost an "automatic" goal, I still like having goals that say that I will at least TRY to do something.
I'm running AND racing!
Run a sub 18:10 5K. Grade: D- (Didn't even THINK about this goal)
FAIL!!!! Complete FAIL. I didn't focus on the 5K distance, I didn't even TRY for a 18:XX time. Although, I suppose I did run a 4 mile race in 6:15 pace, when it was 80 degrees out. I think that is one of the few things that kept this one out of the F range.
Ughhhhhhh. Soooooo sticky
Do some form of core work after EVERY training run. Grade: F- (Nope)
FAIL!!! I don't even think I did this for a week. I don't even have a good excuse. Can I blame this one on politics? It is probably the 99% fault.
Ummpa, loompa FAIL
Volunteer for at least one race. Grade: One of those crappy participation ribbons (Maybe??)
Did I do this? I can't really remember volunteering for a race - but I did host two real races and two virtual races - so that has to count for something, right?
I received a LOT of those in elementary school track
Eat healthier. Grade: A+! (Success!! I did it!)
Finally!!! A goal that I knocked out of the park. While I certainly still eat like a 30 year old guy, I made a specific effort to make sure that all 3500 calories that I ate a day were MOSTLY healthy. But, let's be honest, when I'm eating that much, I'm not eating 3500 calories of kale.
At least cake doesn't make you fart