Well it was one year ago today that I set my sights on a 3:30 marathon; alas it was not to be. The closest I got was a 3:45:09, close but no cigar. However like the horizon as the year moved so did the goals, while I still harbor a desire for a 3:30 or better yet a Boston Qualifier (3:20) those targets, have for the moment, been replaced with lengthier ones.
The birth of this blog, in February, was as a result of a Nike+ challenge created by a fellow runner (Nike+ ID Snowcrash) called the Quadrathlon, four events; 1 mile, 5k, 10k and most miles accumulated during the month, with a scoring system designed to calculate the overall winner, the challenge is still going strong and celebrates its one year anniversary in January 2008. This blogs original purpose was as somewhere to post the results, however, it soon became my personal cathartic vehicle on my running adventures which are contained within these electronic ones and ohs.
So the summary for the year. I will spare you the high and low lights in any great length, but here’s a quick list, all of which are written about in excruciating detail in this blog:
- Ran a sub 100 minute Half Marathon; 1:37:32 Wine Country Half Marathon
- Completed first Marathon; 3:45:09
Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego
- Finished first Ultra-Marathon PCTR Pt Mugu 50k 6:54:07
- Missed both my ‘A’ race; San Francisco Marathon and ‘B1’ race; Bulldog 50k
- Ran and biked the equivalent of traveling across the continental
; 1650 miles ran, 710 biked, total 2360 United States
- Was injured for ten weeks with ITB syndrome
- Turned 40 and experienced the joy of the birth of our second son
- Learned more about running, cross training, stretching, nutrition, hydration and running gadgets than I knew existed!
- Made a ton of new virtual friends, many of which welcomed me and some I welcomed into the world of early mornings, late nights, intervals, fartleks, Garmin data, RSS feeds, splits, pace, results, successes and disappointments that we all run towards
Looking forward to 2008, my goals are simple to state but difficult to achieve but I know that my RBFs and the communities that I visit as well as my family and friends will be there to support me (and no doubt sometimes question my sanity) as I attempt them.
So as this year draws to a close, as they always do, I wish each and everyone of you a successful 2008 may your goals be achieved and your horizons a little closer.