A funny thing happened this year. I ran — a lot.
Back in 2010 I decided to give myself two running goals. The first was to run a sub-10 minute mile and the other was to log 1,000 miles for the year. Neither one happened. But I did run my first marathon so it wasn’t all bad.
I never went back to those two goals. I’m sure they were in the back of my mind but there are a lot of things in the back of mind. Like pondering the existence of shoulder pads and why my mother gave made me wear that horrible purple plaid skirt and cape. Yes, a cape. Most people would be excited about a cape but no not this one. So I on odd days I ponder that. Yes, I can entertain myself for a quite a bit if I go wandering in my brain.
Anyway, running goals.
It turns out this was the year I was setting some goals. Well just one, the big one. That was to get a 19 minute marathon PR. Yup totally got a one hour two minute PR instead. No biggie. But along the way to accomplishing that huge mother fucking PR I accomplished on goal for 2010. I finally ran a sub-10 minute mile. THE!?!
I’m also close to reaching 1,000 miles for the year. I should hit that during Thanksgiving week. So yes, I’ll surpassing that as well.
To give you can idea of how far that is here are some distance points.
- Huntington, TN is 1,000 miles from NYC.
- Oakcrest Street, Iowa City, IA is 1,000 miles from NYC.
- And my favorite, Palm Coast, FL is 1,000 miles from NYC.
Who’s up for a run?
Needless to say I am very excited to see what my final year-end total will be but I’m also excited about the possibilities for the upcoming year.
My first big race will be the Miami Half Marathon. My goodness, I love this race to bits. Even better, is that I’ll be running it with my buddy Doreen. Maybe this will be the year that Gloria Estefan will lift the restraining order and let me see her and maybe live with her.
I also finally think I can make the NYC Half Marathon a big goal race. I’ve tried to do that in the past with little luck but I really do think that is going to be my year for it. I love this race so much that I just want to kick it’s ass.
I’m still debating about doing a spring marathon but training in winter is really freaking me out. I was thinking about either the half or full marathon in Vancouver in May but the jury is still out on that one.
It really is fun to just let go and have all of these great things happen. We tend to focus so much on our goals that we forget to just let go. Of course, that doesn’t mean you stop working towards them but it’s not rocket science that when you stress out about something it can just make things worse.
So my new goal is to PR in celebrating these milestones and using that to push into the new year.
I actually had the same exact goal of 1000 miles this year and got sidelined by an injury…I kind of stopped keeping track at that point and am so curious where I’m at now!
Hope you get there or close to it. It’s such a huge milestone.