Published December 31st, 2008
If you were to tell me on Dec. 31, 2007 I’d run more than 1,800 miles during 2008 I would have questioned your sanity. If you told me I’d BQ — twice — I most certainly would think you were nuts. And if you told me I’d run not one, not two, not three, but eight — EIGHT — marathons during the year, I’d have you committed then and there.
Yet here we are one year later and I’m accomplished all of those things. Whew!
Goals are a funny thing. I hesitate to set them since circumstances could change, yet I’d still feel a sense of failure for not accomplishing them. For example, last January I said I wanted to get down to 150 pounds. I came close (155), but then realized I like myself with a bit of meat on my bones. (Of course, should I get down to 150 I’m sure I’ll justify it!). And despite running far more marathons than I ever dreamed possible, I’m still beating myself up for not getting to the gym as much as I’d hoped.
However, I’m not going to dwell on that. After all, I learned so much about myself — what motivates me, how best to train. I’m a certifiable marathon junkie, which means I need to make recovery my No. 1 priority. If that means taking a day off from the gym, so be it. That said, I do want to get back into my stretching/core work routine. I was doing so well goals for maintaining front and side planks (I was up to 97 seconds for the front, 57 seconds for each side), but as it got tougher I found myself avoiding it more. So now my goal is to do them more frequently, but hold them for less time (one minute for the front, 35-40 seconds for the side).
As for my weight, once again I’ve put on a few holiday pounds, but fortunately I’m starting the year off about 6-7 pounds lighter than last year. I hope to get back down to my “race weight” of 154-155 by Boston, and then maintain it (at least until next holiday season).
My original mileage goal for the year was 1,000 miles, which I adjusted in July to 1,600. At the miles piled on I adjusted the goal again; I hoped to finish the year with 1,000 more miles than the 821 miles I had run in 2007. While I came close (1,810.25 miles), Mother Nature kept me from reaching that goal (not only was running outside out of the question, I couldn’t even drive to my gym to run on the treadmill). The snow has since cleared, but I was faced with having to run too many miles in too little time. I’m running yet another marathon tomorrow, so I decided to give my body a rest.
So what’s in store for 2009? Marathons, marathons and more marathons!