Saturday, January 01, 2011

2010 Running Recap and 2011 Running Resolutions

So... it's officially 2011.

I'm sitting here with my first cup of coffee in the New Year.  And I'm looking outside at the rain... which is kinda depressing since it was 60 degrees yesterday.  I'm hoping to get my first run of the New Year in today...

But I'm also thinking about the past year running-wise.  I've got a lot to be thankful for.

2010 Recap:
Lots of great things happened running-wise last year in my first full year of running.
  • I ran a total of 575 miles for the year!!!  That's an average of over 1 and a half miles a day, even on days off, over the course of the year.  Pretty good!  (Below is a picture of my running output for 6 months from RunKeeper.)
  • I ran my first 1/2 marathon!!! Akron was awesome. (2 hours 6 minutes 40 seconds)
  • I ran a handful of 5k's... Zaney Reindeer, Fireman's Festival and Susan G. Komen.
  • I set personal records in all of my 5k's... most notably the recent in the Zaney YMCA Reindeer run at a 24 minute 27 seconds.  
  • My wife started running.  (She couldn't resist after I got started!)  The picture above is Jackie and I finishing out the year running!
All in all, it was a good year of running.  I have settled into a little online community of runners in the Runchat group.  We meet online on the 2nd and 4th Sundays at 8 pm on Twitter and chat about running.  It's a fun little community that I get to be a part of.

On the downside, my running didn't end as consistent as I would have liked.  The weather has reeked havoc on my running... we've had some serious coldness here already and rain always keeps me inside.  Additionally, I've been hitting the holiday treats pretty hard.  (Which has not been good for my diet or weight.)

But... 2011 is right around the corner!!!

2011 Running Resolutions:
As the new year is getting started, here's what I'm shooting for this year running-wise:
  • My mileage goal is 750 for the year.  Modest goal considering what is below.  That's a little more than 2 miles a day or 14.4 miles a week!  You can follow me on RunKeeper where I keep track of my running.
  • I'm signed up for the Flying Pig 1/2 Marathon in Cincinnati in May (yesterday actually).  (Yes that is really the name... and no I'm not making it up!) I'm shooting to break the 2 hour mark.  Additionally, Jackie is running with me!!! Should be fun!  I'm going to hit the training a little harder the second time around in hopes of getting a faster time.
  • I'm planning to run my first full marathon (26.2 miles)... the Air Force Marathon at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.  My running "bucket list" includes all the military marathons so I thought I'd go ahead and knock one off early. 
  • Drop 15-20 pounds... get the weight down to about 220.  My weight is hanging right in the 237-245 range... which is not bad.  But I would be much faster if I could just drop another 15-20 pounds.  So, the diet tightening begins today... 
  • Finally... I would like to set new Personal Records in the 5k (sub 24 minutes) and 10k (sub 50 minutes).  On top of a PR in the half, that will give me a fresh set of PR's in the 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon and full!  
That's where I've been this year.  And that's where I'm heading.  If you're a runner, feel free to join in the conversation.  Post a couple of your goals below.  I love to see what others are shooting for!

Happy Running 2011!

1 comment:

  1. Nice goals for the coming year. Thanks for joining us on #runchat. Glad you're enjoying it so far.