Wednesday, December 30, 2009

900+

Ah, the end of the year. A time for reflection. A time to look back and look ahead. Today, if you'll indulge me, I'll take a little look back at the year that was.

As of today, I've run 904 miles. Since I have one more run planned, I should end up with 909 miles for the year. That's a lot! Not a lot like Deena Kastor but a lot for the Happy Runner. I've been feeling good about my overall mileage and when I looked back at prior years, I've felt even better. Here's how the last few years have stacked up for me:

  • 2008: 500.52 (didn't run in Jan/Feb)
  • 2007: 210.88 (prego for half the year -- started running in July)
  • 2006: 373.32 (started with the prego -- didn't run after Sept)
So, to have run over 900 miles in 2009 is super for me! Sure, I would have loved to double my 2008 mileage but it wasn't in the cards. Running the number of miles that I did was what I needed for this year. For next year, though . . . I'm gunning for 1010 in 2010!

I'm not one for resolutions, per se. I do like setting goals, however, and I've been thinking about what my goals (beyond the 1010) will be for next year. I'll post about those early in Jan. Since this is the "look back" post, here is what I wrote down as my 2009 goals:
  1. Run a sub-23 minute 5k. Nope. Didn't happen. It caused me some sadness that I couldn't accomplish this goal but I'm over it. I may even set this as a 2010 goal.
  2. Do some trail running. Unfortunately, this didn't happen, either.
  3. Continue cross training. Yay! I did this! I was much more consistent with cross training this year.
  4. Decide whether or not to run a fall marathon. I did this -- I decided not to run a fall marathon. Why did I make deciding a goal? That's weird . . .
So that was that. Looks kinda weak but, in reality, I think 2009 was a good one for me, running-wise. I was more consistent with my running than ever before. I ran some new races, I finally went to the podiatrist and got custom orthotics, I ran injury-free all year and, most important of all, I truly enjoyed my running. Sure, there were days here and there when I felt sorry for myself or my hammies ached or I felt like I was too feeble to run for real but overall, I loved my running and running seemed to love me!

I continue to be grateful that I have the wherewithal to get out there and run. I love it!

Now. I have some New Year's Eve plans to attend to. So, I'm outta here!

HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone! I hope you all have fun and enjoy good health and lots of happiness in 2010!

~ Felice

33 comments:

Meg Runs said...

That's cool that you tracked your mileage over the past three years! Happy New Year!

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Tina said...

You had a great year of running! I have the same 5K goal - maybe this will be the year for both of us. Have a happy new year!

Lara said...

I love that you tracked your mileage for the past three years. Wish I were that on top of things, but... I'm not. Maybe next year. :-) You have a lot to be proud of, you've made some serious progress!! Congrats, and Happy New Year!!

Staci Dombroski said...

I can't wait to track my running next year! It looks like you really racked up on those miles! Good for you :-) Have a great New's year's Eve tomorrow!

MCM Mama said...

Great job on increasing your mileage injury free!

Have a happy New Year!

That Pink Girl said...

Congrats on 900+!

Abby said...

Nice work on the mileage - I like the 1010 in 2010 goal :)

Heather @ Alis Grave Nil said...

I have decided not to set resolutions for the past three years because I am terrible at following through--congrats on hitting even some of your goals!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

Happy New Year Friend!! So you are going for 1010, that is awesome.. I will run my last run tomorrow...5.7 miles to get to 1,033, big surprise huh?? LOL!!

Jill said...

Awesome job in 2009! You are getting stronger and faster... you WILL break that 23 minute in 2010, I feel it! Happy New Year to you!!

(btw, I am envious you summed up your year in a few paragraphs. I spents hours on mine. I should take some tips from ya)

onelittletrigirl said...

I am also jealous that you so easily summed this up! It took me forever! I hope I get to write a post like this next year and revisit my goals. Congrats on all you have done- especially on being a great running mommy :)

Rookie on the Run said...

Fun post! How cool that you ran so many miles this year... and without injuries. Custom orthotics may be on my 2010 to-do list if my current venture doesn't work out.

Great job on the cross training!! I have absolutely no doubt that you will do your 1010 for 2010... and that you will continue to inspire all of us with your joy and love of running.

Happy New Year!

Marielys said...

Phenomenal work. This is great motivation for me. 1010 in 2010 sounds like a wonderful idea. I wanted to set a quantifiable goal and there it is. Kudos on your hard work.

Suzy said...

You had a great year! Take it an run. Can't wait for you to get 1010 in 2010.

Oz Runner said...

happy new year! 900 miles is nothing to sneeze at, great job...

Lisa said...

Happy New Year!

Heather said...

Nice job on the miles - you came awfully close to doubling the 2008 mileage!

Katie said...

Congrats on an amazing year! 900+ miles is awesome. Happy New Year!

kara said...

I love trail running - check it out for sure!
Happy New Year!

lindsay said...

congrats on the 900+ miles! lol at your "deciding" goal. :) hey, goal met!!

happy new year!

Marlene said...

Congrats on the 900+ miles for 2009! Sounds like it was quite a year. Here's hoping for many good things in 2010.

Happy New Year!

Denise said...

You had a great 2009 and high mileage! I hope you had a great NYE and happy new year!

RunnerMom said...

"I loved my running and running seemed to love me!"

I love this quote!

J said...

Happy New Year! Hopefully 2010 will be another great year for you! It sure has been cold out there! I really wanted to run outside but it is just too cold!

Diana said...

I "get" the making a decision as a goal. Making the decision is the hardest part for me. So, that you really thought about it and decided it wasn't for you this time was a great thing!

900+ miles...wow! That is great. I hope 2010 is just as good for you (if not better) :)

Mel-2nd Chances said...

Great job and congrats on 2009, can't wait to see what you do in 2010!

kilax said...

What a great year! I think the fact that you stayed injury-free is a HUGE accomplishment, at least, imo! And incorporating cross-training is great too. You know, I also am not into resolutions, but being consistent with strength and cross training (as I have for the last 3 months) would be a great goal for me. Thanks for the inspiration!

aron said...

awesome mileage!!! you are sooo there for the 2010 mileage goal :)

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