Friday, January 1, 2010
Zen in 2010
Happy New Year!!!
I promised myself I wasn't going to fall prey to the "recap" blog. "We will not regret the past, nor wish to shut the door on it"...
Day by day I read great recap blogs. My "non-recap" recap blog began forming inside my head during my runs over the last week...lol. I thought about all 11 of the races I ran last year. There were some highs and some lows. Feb. '09 I ran the Tybee 5 mile race in 53:10. This past Tuesday I ran 5 miles in 43:32. Holy Toledo, I have taking 10 minuted off of my 5 mile time this year!
I began in earnest training for my first marathon last year. I have had barstool dreams of running a marathon most of my adult life. I even started training for one back in 2004 with Team In Training, only to drop out halfway through the program. I was determined to run this marathon and running the Equinox Marathon absolutely was one of the greatest experiences in my entire life.
Much like the stock market in the beginning of the year, my PR's plummeted. Race after race I continued to drop my PR with the final one coming last night as I ran a 51:35 10K at a race held on the golf course at the resort I work.
Let's look forward for a minute to the year ahead. I have a full race schedule planned and will attempt to cover almost every race distance available from the 1 mile to 50K.
Tybee Half Marathon 2/6/10 This will be my first race at this distance~Instant PR!I will be shooting for a sub 2 hour performance. Also, I will get to meet CJ...should be fun
I am looking at two different marathons in NC on the 21st of March. Either the Tobacco Road or Wrightsville Beach.
I plan on using that marathon as my final training run for the Sweetwater, wait for it,....50K U L T R A on April 3rd.
By this time, I will know if I got a lottery slot into the NYC Marathon. Otherwise I will add another Autumn marathon to my schedule.
Looking at the shorter distances, I plan on running the Savannah Mile, with a goal of 6:45 or less. I ran it in '09 with a mile time of 7:19.
There are a handful of 5 and 10K's I will add to the schedule just to round it out. This gives me a lot to look forward to in the upcoming year.
My number one goal for 2010 is to stay healthy and continue to improve my overall fitness. I lost 25 pounds during 2009 and would like to lose another 20 in the next year. As I continue to lose weight, my times will continue to drop. I would like to break 4 hours in the full, 49 minutes in the 10k and dare I say it, 22:59 5k...
Although this blog is titled Georgia Snail; it is not all about me.
In 2010 I will give back and work towards being less selfish. I would like to volunteer at a couple of races and move forward with my goal of organizing a race to benifit the local Autism Foundation. I am going to try to help my fellow man whenever my HP allows me.
I want to finish this post with a great thank you to all of my fellow bloggers. Your comments and constant encouragement has made a huge impact in my life and on my running. Every blog that I follow continues to serve me with great motivation.
2010 is going to be a great year. One foot in front of the other; one step at a time!