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Running Goals for 2010: Looking Back

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that I regard 2010 as a big fat failure when it comes to running. Something went wrong in my right hip and lower back in May and it took me four months to finally see the doctor. Since then I’ve been in therapy and haven’t exactly made wonderful progress. My hip still hurts, but at least I can run. I’m optimistic about the next year, which means that it’s time to set some goals for 2011.

However, before setting goals for 2011, I’d like to take to some time to go over my successes (few) and failures (lots) of my 2010 goals:

  • Distance Run: 1500 miles
    Nope – injuries limited me to 676 miles this year. Since September I’ve run under 60 miles. I didn’t run at all in June and only ran twice in July. That’s a huge disappointment and has cascaded to other aspects of my life.
  • Marathons: 2 (Big Sur and Chicago)
    Nope – I ran Big Sur and registered for Chicago, but I made the decision to pull out of Chicago in early September because I hadn’t trained enough and was in some serious pain. That was the point where I finally decided to see a doctor. Not like that helped any.
  • Half Marathons: 2 (NYC and ???)
    Yes! – I started out the year with Manhattan Half Marathon in Central Park, followed it up with the NYC Half Marathon in March, and closed the year with a very painful Grete’s Great Gallop in October.
  • Other Races: Enough to qualify for 2011 NYC marathon
    Yes! – I did 10 NYRR races and volunteered at one. I’ll be running the 2011 NYC Marathon!
  • Weight: 165 lbs
    Nope – Utter failure on this one. Not running made me FAT. Seriously FAT. Next year I need to really watch what I eat.
  • Fastest Marathon: sub 3:50:00 (Chicago)
    Nope – I didn’t run Chicago. Big Sur was brutal on me, but I was still happy with my 4:22:49 time on a challenging course.
  • Fastest Half-Marathon: sub 1:50:00
    Yes! – I managed this twice, both for the Manhattan Half Marathon at 1:48:26 and then two months later clocked a 1:43:44 for the NYC Half Marathon. AWESOME!
  • Marathons ran with friends: 1
    Nope – I was hoping to run Chicago with some friends. That didn’t materialize.

It’s refreshing to see that I managed to complete some of my goals, but I’d still say that this year was disappointing. It’s really difficult to say what 2011 will hold. I’m still injured, but I’m getting a better idea of how to deal with my injuries and what I need to do to ensure that I stay healthy. Primarily this requires taking a more holistic view of running and my personal health.


Welcome to Twenty Six and Two

A little over a month ago I was having dinner with a group of friends in Manhattan and was lamenting about my horrible commute and how it sapped the will for me to do most anything creative.  My life consisted of me getting up in the morning, taking the train to work, working, coming home on the train, running, and then going to bed.  A friend suggested that I should start a weblog.

“A weblog?  About what?”

“Whatever you want man, whatever you’re good at at.”

“I’ve had a weblog for years, and I write about what I’m good at.  Most of the time it sits idle because I don’t have time to write about anything interesting.”

“Then write about what you’re passionate about!”

As my older weblog is very old, with some entries dating back to 1999, it’s almost entirely technology focused — things that are very related to my daily work.  This weblog will be largely the opposite, covering what excites me and gets me going.  What’s that?  Running.

I don’t claim to be a very good runner.  I’ve got some pretty bad form, and I’m not that fast.  I’ve run three marathons and my best time was 4 hours and 12 minutes.  I don’t run with a group of people and most of the things I’ve learned about running I’ve learned on my own.  However, despite my anti-social running style, I’m very passionate about it.  On a daily basis running is what keeps me going, even if I’m not going very fast.  This blog will chronicle my running and my attempts to be a better runner.

I’ve now run three marathons and am training for the New York City Marathon, my fourth marathon in a little under a month.  After my last marathon, which was the Twin Cities Marathon last Sunday, I was thinking about giving up marathons after New York.  However, there was a looming marathon in April 2010 — The Big Sur International Marathon.  It’s one of the hardest but most visually spectacular marathons in the world, and I’m going to get a good time doing it.  I hope you’ll come along on this journey with me, it’s gonna be awesome!

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Marathon Times

2011 NYC Marathon3:57:45
2011 Hartford Marathon3:58:17
2011 Chicago Marathon4:20:16
2011 Grandma's Marathon4:07:43
2010 Big Sur International Marathon4:22:49
2009 NYC Marathon4:37:05
2009 Twin Cities Marathon4:43:28
2009 Pittsburgh Marathon4:14:38
2008 Erie Marathon5:11:40

Upcoming Races

  • Nov 6 - New York City Marathon, New York, NY
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