Wednesday, December 31, 2008

The Ups The Downs…

Yeah it’s that time again, so I’ll keep it short.

I looked back at the goals set this time last year, they and their results were:
• A sub 6:00 50km; eh nope, (but a new PR and a reduction of around 30 minutes down to 6:22)
• A sub 10 hour 50 mile; not even close (OMG what was I thinking!? 11:24 was my best effort)

On face value it doesn’t look so good but in reality it was actually a pretty good year. What you don’t see is the amount, even if you look really close, I have learned about this sport of running; like nearly everything it’s an ongoing process:

• I learned to respect the distance; I had my first DNF
• I found I could hear my body when it was talking (instead of screaming through an ibuprofen haze) to me; I managed to stay nearly injury free, (it was touch and go in the Spring for a while though)
• I trained smarter; covering less mileage than in 2007 and had better results; I picked up new PRs at the 5k, trail HM and 50k distances
• I made new friends both real and virtual and
• I ran new trails, climbed new peaks, saw new vistas and managed to get just a little closer to the horizon

So yes the main goals were not met and so they remain but so do I hopefully smarter, faster and stronger.

Happy New Year everyone, may your goals stretch you to new heights!


  1. You have had a great year! Happy New Year!

  2. There is not other place to aim but high!!! Yeah for a great 2008; yeah for a great 2009!!!

  3. congrats on 2008! even though you didnt hit the main goals, sounds like you learned a lot and sometimes thats even better! 2009 will be a great year!!!

  4. you've had an amazing year... and those were some pretty huge goals! All the best in 2009!

  5. Happy New Year. Keep the blogging going for 2009. I really enjoy your posts.

  6. You know what I am thinking.
    You are tough and determined. Its been great to follow your progress this past year.

    Happy New Year to you and your family, and I believe this year, I just may catch you out on the trails. Whether or not I will keep up with you is a different story.

  7. Looks like what you learned was greater than what you set out to achieve. That's a great accomplish, so congratulations!

    Happy new year!

  8. I hope you achieve all your goals in 2009!!!

    All the best for a happy and healthy new year!

  9. Looks like it was still quite a successful year to me! Happy New Year!

  10. Happy New Year! Sounds like you had a fantastic year in running. I can't wait to see the damaage you do in 2009! Just keep running (that's what I tell myself when life gets me down).


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