Thursday, January 7, 2010

Obligatory End Of Decade Post (One Week Late)

This is how I started the decade:

March 2000, on vacation in California, with my uncle's late beloved cat A.C. I was in my final semester of graduate school and I was 26 years old.

This is how I ended it:

At the Eve on the Ave 5K in Jackson, Michigan, December 31, 2009.

The "aughts" were the years I finally left the safe, nurturing, insular world of academia and entered the cold, cruel world of Real Life. The decade in a nutshell:
  • 2000: got my master's degree in geology from the University of Michigan; took my last cross-country drive from Michigan to California
  • 2001: started my first post-higher education job; met and moved in with my eventual husband
  • 2002: went to Ireland for a week; bought my house; quit my job
  • 2003: found my current job; started taking voice lessons
  • 2004: got married in Hawaii
  • 2005: performed with Michigan Opera Theater in Puccini's La Boheme
  • 2006: went to Hawaii again; joined Weight Watchers
  • 2007: had the surgery which changed my life for the better; started running in earnest; ran my first half marathon
  • 2008: performed with Arbor Opera Theater in Mozart's Don Giovanni; ran my first marathon
  • 2009: major domestic reorganization (aka divorce); qualified for Boston Marathon
A year ago I laid out my goals for 2009:
  • Qualify for the 2010 Boston Marathon at the Cleveland Marathon in May (success!)
  • Run a sub-1:50 half marathon (success! not once but twice!)
  • Run a sub-50:00 10K (success! again, not once but twice!)
  • Set another new 5K PR (success!)
  • OR break 22:00 in a 5K (fail!)
  • Run 1500 miles for the year (fail!)
  • Run at least one race each month (fail!)
I posted a 4/7 success rate (57.1%) which is worse than 2008's goal success rate (87.5%) but I achieved my biggest goal of the year, which was to BQ in Cleveland. I ran 1237 miles, which is 93 miles less than I ran in 2008. However, I decreased my average pace by 13 seconds to 8:58/mile. I also spent 183 hours and 9 minutes on the road and burned 136,864 calories.

My "one race a month" goal was toast in January when I came down with the flu the final weekend of the month, a weekend which I had planned to run a race. However, I did my best to make up for it the rest of the year. I missed September because I completely blanked and let the month slip past, although if I really wanted to I could categorize my run across the Mackinac Bridge on Labor Day as my race for the month because it was an organized group event even if it was not technically a "race."

Notable moments and races of 2009:
I don't really know what I would like to accomplish in 2010. The past year was one of great personal strife and triumph, and I do not know how I could better it. Yes, I will run the Boston Marathon in April. That race is my only goal at the moment. I would like to do well there. Ideally I would love to re-qualify, but I recognize that may be difficult. I have some modest goals in mind for 2010:
  • run 1500 miles
  • run a race every month!
  • reach my Weight Watchers goal weight and become a Lifetime member
And you know what? That's all. That's all I would like to accomplish. I realize that breaking 22:00 in a 5K or 45:00 in a 10K may not be within my reach anymore. I have to accept that I'm getting older and slower.

But that doesn't mean I'm not going to try.


Running Diva Mom said...

You continue to inspire me with every step of your journey (literally!). And, you don't look a day older, after an entire decade! How is that???? Looking forward to continuing to follow your journey this year.

Morgan said...

Older & slower my @ss! You qualified for Boston!!!! Great year girl and cheers to an even better 2010!!!

mr loser said...

FWIW, you have the music in you to shatter 22 in a 5k.