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2009 RECAP

Posted Dec 26 2009 6:34am
It's getting close to the end of the year and I figured while I've got a few minutes to spare, I might as well get this obligatory post out of the way.

What were my goals going into 2009?

I revisited some of my blog posts and wow was I funny....first there was the " Why I don't like Sam post " (actually titled "It's About That Time" and written just a few short weeks before he became "Run Coach Extraordinaire"). And the very next day, I posted this little ditty about " Themed Goals, " and I totally forgot that I was going to spend 2009 in a margarita-induced, chips and salsa eating, Mexican theme. How could I forget that?? In the end, my "Less is More" approach really did come to fruition this year...less time on my 5k meant more hardware for my desk. And sometime in January, I decided to start working with RC, to become a smarter, faster Running Amy, and it all begin with " Building My House of Running."

I also revisited our local track clubs web forum, and found that I proclaimed these as my goals for 2009I plan on:

:D Breaking 25 minutes in a 5k. (completed)

:D Breaking 2 hours in the half marathon. (completed)

:D Getting the nerve to sign up for another marathon in the fall. (not completed-but the commitment for Boston was made)

:D Becoming a "regular" at Tuesday night speedwork. (completed)

:D Riding a century on my bike. (I don't even think I got on my bike in 2009)

:D Running all year injury free, or at the very least not having to get any stitches in 2009! (completed and completed)

I also noticed that just a few short entries later, RC posted this: "Coach at least 3 newbie people on the wonderful sport of running. I am a wannabe coach, try me, I work for free" and I replied to his post with this: "Sam, I'll take you up on that coaching offer :D...My goal this year is focused on speed and not distance and who better to get advice from than the fastest guy I know! :D"

Amidst all those smiley faces...that's where it all began.

I had a stellar year in running. I smashed my PR in the 5k and the half marathon. I found myself running with people who I never thought I'd be able to keep up with. And I even found myself being able to carry on a conversation with them while doing it. I did things that I never thought were possible, including running a 6:59 for an entire mile.

But, I could have done better. After running a 23:12 in September at the Labor Day 5k, my motivation started to wane. I'm not sure what happened...burn out, maybe? I just lost my lovin' feeling for trying to run faster. And it showed. Between September and December, I have progressively run slower for the 5k. As the weeks ticked by, I can literally feel myself getting slower and slower.

And then, because I'm not insane enough, a few weeks ago I decided that I needed to give Boston a push. I am hoping that all the training, the hours, the long fast miles that will be put in, will keep me motivated to just run faster. That's what I'm hoping for anyway.

So, my goals for 2010?

- Obviously to qualify for Boston. I've been going back and forth on where I'd like to do it. I thought I had settled on the Air Force Marathon in Dayton, Ohio but now I think I might try and run the Chicago Marathon (thanks to Perry at Run Fit Sports for the suggestion - he ran his fastest marathon there...a blistering 2:44 - and hi Chad and your google alerts...)
- To run with focus and discipline. I started 2009 with ridiculous focus and discipline, but as the year went on, I figured out what I could get away with (ie, the bare minimum that I could do and still run with a little bit of dignity). I want to get back to that place that I was last spring.
- To start writing a book. People tell me all the time that I should do it, and I guess now is as good a time as any.
- To have fun. In everything I do.

Now, back to Boston. I have to run an 8 minute pace for 26.2 miles in order to qualify. That scares me...well, not to death...but it scares me none the less. Troy paced me yesterday on a 4 mile tempo run at an 8 minute pace. It was hard and difficult and I can say, without a doubt, that I would not have been able to keep that pace up for 22.2 more miles. I'm not sure that I could have kept it up for .2 more miles. But, I guess that's what focused training is going to do for me. Take that scariness out of it all...and replace it with confidence and speed.

So, there you have it. Just four short little goals for 2010. Boston-discipline-book-fun. Sounds easy enough, right?

I've also got some other, more specific goals in mind like logging 2,000 miles and riding my bike more...heck I may even decide to tackle that century. But, as far as races, I plan on running the following in 2010
- Sweetheart 12k (February)
- Al Toll 5k (February)
- Cantrell Center 5k (February)
- Seaside Half Marathon (March)
- Forsythia Festival 5k (March)
- Cheerios Challenge 10k (April)
- Run For Missions 5k (May)
- Salute to Freedom 5k (June)
- Torture Trail 10k (June)
- Wrightsville 4th of July 5k (July)
- Anniston Bobblehead 5k (August)
- Jim Herrin 10k (August)
- Feed the Bears 5k (August)
- Labor Day 10k (September)
- Boston Qualifier (September or October)

I listed all of those in case you are a blog stalker and want to get my autograph...or in case you are in my age group and want to know when and where you can try to beat me. I do reserve the right to not show up to any of these races though...just so you know.

Hope you all have a wonderful rest of your 2009!
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