This was, without a doubt, the best year of running I’ve ever had. Not only did I PR at every distance, I qualified for Boston and ran my first Ultramarathon. I’m elated, but I’m not sure where to go from here, other than just to push for lower PRs in 2011.
The year didn’t start out too well, though. My first race of the year was the
LA Marathon in March. From mile 17-23, it was pretty much hell. I ended up missing my goal by a LOT with a finish time of 3:54.
After that disaster of a race, I set my sights on some shorter races as I trained for the San Francisco Marathon in July. I ran a 10K less than a minute slower than my PR, and was second in my age group.
It was about 80 degrees that day, which is way hotter than I’m used to, and I immediately followed the race with an 11 mile run that was one of the worst runs of my life. I spent the rest of the day in bed with a horrible headache. Lesson learned.
On the 4th of July, Mike and I ran the Pozo 5K and I set my first 5K PR (21:19) since high school cross country!
In San Francisco, the stars aligned and my fifth marathon was by FAR the best of my life.
I ran 3:32, shattering my PR and qualifying for Boston!
In August we moved from the Central Coast to the Bay Area, and joined the Dolphin South End Runners. They put on cheap races all over the city, including the Lake Merced Half Marathon, where I ran a PR of 1:42:30 and was 3rd female overall!
At the Oyster Point 5 Miler just a few weeks later, I won a race for the very first time. Yes it was a VERY small race (only 89 people) but it felt amazing to get that blue ribbon!
It was also a PR at the 5 mile distance.
On Thanksgiving Day, we were in Portland and ran the ORRC 4-mile Turkey Trot. It was not much fun, but it was the first race I’ve ever run at sub-freezing temperatures!
My biggest accomplishment happened this month… I became an Ultra Runner! Finishing the Rodeo Beach 50K in 6:21 was an AMAZING feeling!
Although I didn’t keep stats on how many miles I ran this year, I think it was somewhere in the 1600 range.
So my goals for 2010…
1. Qualify for Boston (hopefully at the LA Marathon) – DONE at San Francisco Marathon
2. Run at least two full marathons – DONE – LA and San Francisco
3. Set PRs at 2 or more different distances – DONE! 5K, 5M, 10K, half, full, and 50K!
4. Run at least one trail race – DONE! Rodeo Beach 50K
I did it!
As for 2011…
1. Finish the Boston Marathon (not sure what my time goal is yet)
2. Run a sub 21 5K
3. Run a sub 45 10K
4. Run at least 2 trail races
I think I’m going to spend more time working on speed and less time working on distance, so there’s a chance Boston will be my only marathon of 2011…but we’ll see!
Happy 2011, everyone!
I’d love to read your goals too, so feel free to leave them in the comments (running-related or not!)