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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Year in Review

Happy New Year! It's time for the quick and dirty year-in-review for 2010. Read on...

How many miles did you run this year?

In 2010 I ran 889.15 miles. That's an increase of just over 145 miles from 2009. Crazy talk!

What was your best mileage month?

Both July and August were the best at around 103 miles each. It took me 4 years of running but I finally broke 100 miles in one month. Guess that's what marathon training will do for you!

What was your longest run?

The infamous 26.2. Running a marathon has been my goal for the past two years and it's hard to believe I finally did it.

How many races did you run in 2010?

I got bit HARD by the racing bug this past year and ended up running a total of 14 races! Just call me a champion.

Yes, my major award was winning my work running group's traveling trophy for running the most races in 2010. In fact, I ran so many races that next year they're changing the rules! Hey, it's not my fault they don't race as much as I do.

Do you have a favorite/memorable run from this year?

Although you might think I'd choose the Chicago Marathon (which was certainly memorable), the Chicago HALF Marathon was my favorite race of the year. I wish I could clone that race so that every single one of my runs could be that awesome. I hope I can manage a repeat performance eventually.

As far as my favorite/memorable run (not race), I'd have to say my 18 miler. Just like the Chicago Half Marathon, everything clicked on that day and I had an amazing run. While it's unfortunate that it didn't result in an awesome marathon at least I have the memory of that run to remind me that great long runs can and do happen.

What was the craziest weather or other type of adverse conditions you endured on a run in 2010?

Let's see....

First we have the storms of the year that caused the race I had been planning to run to be canceled...but I ran anyway.

This summer was also quite hot causing many of my runs to be less than stellar. I laughed, I cried, and, yet, I persevered.

And then there was the 20 miler and our unscheduled lightening break.

Not to mention running in the most recent snow storm.

The conclusion? I'll run in just about anything.

What were your goals for 2010? Did you achieve them?

My goals were as follows:

1. Run a marathon - DONE!

2. Get better 5K and 10K times - DONE!

3. PR at the half marathon - DONE!

4. Break 2 hours in the half marathon - So close!

5. Have fun - DONE!

6. Volunteer at a race or two - DONE!

Looks like I did pretty well at accomplishing my goals!

What are your goals for 2011?

As I posted here, my fitness goals are as follows:

1. Cash in my CrossFit bootcamp Groupon.

2. Do at least one duathlon (run-bike-run)

3. Break 2 hours in a half marathon

4. Run another marathon

I'd also like to strength train at least 100 times as well as get out on my bike more often.

Hopefully those are are attainable goals! Guess you'll have to keep reading to find out what happens.

P.S. This here blog turns 2 years old tomorrow (January 2nd). Happy birthday, Eri-thon!


Rose said...

Happy second birthday, Eri-thon blog!

Maribeth said...

Congratulations on a great year!

Anonymous said...

Congrats on meeting all your goals! Good luck in 2011, I think those are great and definitely attainable :)

Anne said...

You are a rockstar Erin...happy blogiversary!
Happy New Year!!!

Mica said...

Woohoo! 14 races!! (By comparison, I ran a measly six. Ha!)

You achieved so many of your goals this year! That sub-2 is coming soon, I can feel it in my bones. Like old people do with the rain.

Anonymous said...

Um....is that your cake, for real??? If so, I am way jealous. And not just because it's pretty. Happy Blog Birthday, Erin!

You had a FANTASTIC year in achieving your goals!! You seriously blew them out of the water. I have no doubt you'll do the same with this year's goals! I'd love to do a duathlon, too....my friend is doing one in May, so maybe I'll wait to see what she says about it. :-)

kilax said...

Happy blog birthday! :)

That is so cool you got the traveling trophy! :) How did they change the rules for who gets it next?

Congrats on your 2010 accomplishments! Here's to another awesome year!

d.a.r. said...

Congrats on such a great year!! Hope 2011 is even better!

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