Hello blog-o-world, welcome one and all to 2010!
Now that I've gotten the obligatory pleasantries out of the way, let me say that I've already got beef with 2010. Yes, I know we're only two days in, and I know I made more mistakes writing 1/01/2010 than the NY Giants when they got trounced by the lowly Carolina Panthers 41-9 over the weekend, knocking themselves out of the playoffs (I'm hanging my head down in shame...) but please, please, someone tell me - what is the socially acceptable nomenclature to abbreviate the important events of this year? For example, we all know Chicago '07 and '08 were nothing short of a social travesty and Boston '09 was great because it was my first, but could you honestly say Boston '10 as Boston-TEN (because that sounds so awkward) or should you say Boston-ONE-O? Hmmm...while I'm at it, do we refer to this new decade as the decade of the TENS or the TEENS? And has anyone yet figured out the proper term for the decade we just passed? Sorry if this all seems so frivolous to some or most of you, I'm just so confused...
As for something that's not as confusing...I ran my 4 mile midnight race in Central Park on New Year's Eve and finished up 2009 miles for 2009! Yay for me! Although it may conceptually seem like an easy task, it was anything but. Not only was it windy and cold in the dead of winter on a night when all the sane people were partying and having a ball in heated houses and apartments, it also snowed heavily during the morning which left the roads slushy and slippery and drizzled and rained for most of the night. Fantastic! But despite all of that, I had an absolute blast running this race with my newbie turned marathoner running friend MT. We watched the fireworks at the start, regaled each other with memories of our favorite runs of the past year, sipped sparkling apple cider at the champagne station at mile 2, exchanged high-fives with walkers and runners in costume all along the course, and slogged our way through the four mile course in 44:28. For those counting at home, that's a 10:57 minute per mile pace, easily my worst ever in a road race! But again, it wasn't about the time...but enjoying the night with a good friend sharing our communal passion out on the roads. Still, I found out that climbing hills at that pace is not easy. Everything seems to drag on for so much longer when you're running slow. (Yes, I realize that fact should be somewhat intuitive, but it really isn't!)
I also took some time in between the miles (yes, I had a lot of time, haha!) to reflect on the past year and think about my goals for 2010. Although I might be disappointed with a few minor details, for the most part, I've had a tremendously successful year on the roads. In addition, I've also enjoyed all the new relationships I've fostered as a result of my running. I'm truly grateful for all my new real world running friends, my virtual world bloggy friends, and those who've managed to bridge both worlds. Whether you've never met me before, or have met me a thousand times, I thank you for knowing me and inspiring me and motivating me to be so much better than I ever thought I could be. Hopefully in time, I could do the same for you! (Toward that end, I have some exciting news to share in a few days...)
Below are my running goals for this coming year. Let's rock the roads for 2010. Who's with me?
My 10 Running Goals for 2010
1. First - I will enter my first ever triathlon, ultramarathon, or overnight relay race!
2. Two New Feet for Two New Runners - I will training two newbies to run their first long distance race (it's part of my Pay It Forward campaign).
3. Sub-3 - If you gotta ask, you must be new here...Sub-3 marathon, here I come.
4. As in 4 PRs - I will PR in the 4-Miler and 3 other distances (4 PRs).
5. Pentathalon - I will complete the final two legs of the Laminator Pentathalon (4-Miler in under 24 minutes and Marathon in under 3 hours).
6. Seis (which loosely rhymes with states) - I will run 6 out-of-state races.
7. Seven minute miles - I will volunteer to be the 7 min/mile pace leader for a Long Training Run in Central Park (16-20 miles).
8. 8 City Parks - I will find time to run in 8 different city parks this year.
9. 9 Distances - I will race 9 different distances this year (1M, 5K, 4M, 5M, 10K, 15K, 10M, 13.1M, 26.2M)
10. 2010 Miles - as in 2010 Miles for 2010.
Are you all ready for 2010? I know I am. I can't wait to get started.