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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.


Out with 2009 and in with 2010

As is customary around the world, here’s a summary of my running for 2009 and what I hope to do in 2010:

  • Total Distance: 1022.25 miles
  • Total Runs: 131
  • Total Time: 162 hours, 54 minutes, 27 seconds
  • Calories Burned: 148,846
  • Average Pace: 9 minutes, 34 seconds
  • Marathons: 3 (Pittsburgh, Twin Cities, New York City)
  • Other Races: 1 (Poland Springs Marathon Kickoff)
  • Fastest Run Pace: 7:37/mi (May 6 – 4.74 miles)
  • Slowest Run Pace: 12:37/mi (January 31 – 5.15 miles on a treadmill)
  • Longest Run: 25.2 miles (April 12)
  • Shortest Run: 2 miles (June 7)
  • Pair of Shoes Used: 5
  • Coldest Run: -4°F (sans wind chill)
  • Hottest Run: 93°F
  • Heaviest Weight: 204 lbs (January 4)
  • Lightest Weight: 181 lbs (most recent December 12)
  • Average Weight: 191.75 lbs

For 2010 my running goals are as follows:

  • Distance Run: 1500 miles
  • Marathons: 2 (Big Sur and Chicago)
  • Half Marathons: 2 (NYC and ???)
  • Other Races: Enough to qualify for 2011 NYC marathon
  • Weight: 165 lbs
  • Fastest Marathon: sub 3:50:00 (Chicago)
  • Fastest Half-Marathon: sub 1:50:00
  • Marathons ran with friends: 1

Do any readers care to share their running goals for 2010?

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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

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