2011 was my third consective good year of running. Okay, it wasn't good, it was fantastic. The more I run, the more addicted I get (my wife tells me that there are alot worse things to be addicted to). Once running becomes a daily routine, not running is hard to do. My goal was to run 40 miles a week, and despite the challenging weather to begin the year, I was able to maintain that level until spring, and then the mileage increased from there. I began running hilly roads consistently. I did speedwork on the Quonset bike path most of the year (summer excluded). My normal runs kept getting longer. I did a few really long runs, and completed a brutal trail 50K. Races were hard to come by until the fall. I wasn't happy with my times the couple of races I did run, but I was setting PR's. After the Pisgah Mtn Trail 50K in September, I got in more races, and was happy with every one of them. I even won a small local 5K, on a course that fit my strengths - hills and wind. I began weekly long runs with Muddy and Jeff, and joined the WTAC. I surprised myself with a 18:08 5K and a 37:24 10K. I'm confident I can improve on these in 2012. Here's a look at my stated goals:
1. 2,000 miles (40 miles per week) - most weeks I should be
able to run 40 to 50 miles. There will be a few under 40, and maybe a
couple under 30, but I think I can get the average at 40 for the year. CHECK
sub 19 minute 5K - I feel that I can make the leap this year to 18. CHECK
1:30 half marathon - I think that I could do this tomorrow, but the fact is that
I've never run a race at this distance, and if I did, I know I would want to be
under this time. NEVER RAN THIS DISTANCE
4. try this local trail
triathlon SAME DAY AS A WEDDING
5. do the Elijah tribute as described by my brother Glenn here CHECK
or Possibly Silly
1. run a trail marathon or 50K - I'd like to see how I
would do at this distance - maybe do the Pisgah 50K CHECK
2. finish ahead
of Bentley just once in a race - this could be the year! FAIL - DAMN HE'S FAST!
3. start a company
running team FAIL, BUT JOINED A RUNNING TEAM
4. win that new local triathlon - why not? - I know the trails -
I have decent mtn biking experience and can run - need to work on swimming
- maybe no one fast will enter it? COULDN'T DO THIS RACE, BUT I WOULD HAVE LOST TO GALOOB FOR SURE.
5. get Nick Cash to follow
my blog ACTUALLY I FAILED AT THIS TOO.
1. enter an interesting race somewhere and
make a mini family vacation out of it - maybe in Maine - I've got a couple in
2. new local epic trail runs CHECK
3. find new places around me to
4. stay mentally healthy - keep anxiety in check SO SO
5. keep running
For 2012, I'd like to run 2,500 miles again. I'm not sure I can do much more logistically. I want to run more races, now that my family seems to enjoy going to them. My plan is to run all 5 of the 4th Season trail races this winter. I also hope to contribute to other team races. I want to try the Pisgah 50K again and get under 5 hours. I might try the MDI Marathon. I want to run a 17 minute 5K. I want to continue to PR every time I race. Most importanty, I want to keep running fun.