Thursday, January 13, 2011

Au revoir 2010, hello 2011!

It's a bit late for a 2010 review. Heck, it's a little late to be writing about goals for 2011, but what can you do? The last month has been rough. My family and I caught this awful cold before Christmas that continues to plague us! Fortunately (and oddly), baby Emily didn't get sick, just the rest of us. Also, two weeks ago I was diagnosed with mastitis, which nearly killed me. Okay, I'm being overly dramatic, but it was bad enough that I didn't run for 12 days and didn't even contemplate or think about running for the first 10 days! That's unlike me. Anyway, I think I'm finally on the road to recovery.

Let's see what is there to say about 2010? Well, I spent most of it pregnant. I was pregnant from January until the end of August. I took most of September off from running to recover from the birth, and by October I was back at the hamster wheel. I raced my first and last race of 2010 on Thanksgiving, where I ran a 5K in 20:25. I was pleased with my only race of the year. Emily had just turned 3 months old and I had only been running for 2 months.

I wound up running a total of 1942 miles for 2010, which is an average of 37 miles a week. That 37 miles a week assumes 52 weeks, given that I took 4 weeks off I really averaged 40 miles a week. Cool beans. Not as much mileage as some, but in 2010 I was able to consistently run with no injuries! I haven't done that in years! After college, I didn't think I could run more than 30 miles a week without getting hurt. And last year I did 40 miles a week while pregnant and 20 plus pounds heavy! For me that's amazing.

Overall, it was a great year. I had a healthy baby girl, ran lots of miles, and stayed healthy. It doesn't get much better. I also had the opportunity to run several races with my mom, which was awesome. I so badly wanted to participate in races, but didn't want to race while pregnant. Running with my mom was a sweet deal. I've never run a race without actually racing before, so when we'd go to races I'd look at her times and make goals for us (without telling her of course). We ran a half marathon together when I was 13 weeks pregnant and it was a great time.

Now what's in store for 2011? I don't do New Year's resolutions, so I don't have one to share. I do have some goals though. I actually made these goals while pregnant. Here were/are my post preggo running goals:
  1. Turkey Trot 5K, November (goal 21:45)
  2. Hampton Half Marathon, February (goal 1:40)
  3. Providence (COX) Marathon, May (goal 3:40)
  4. Chelmsford 4th of July 2 miler, July (goal: 12:40)
  5. Moose on the Loose 10 miler, August (goal: 1:12)
  6. BayState Marathon, October (goal: 3:30)
Technically the turkey trot was in 2010, but I'll just go ahead and say that I'll be running the same turkey trot in 2011. The time goal for the race will have to change...maybe I should make a leap and say I want to break 20:00. The rest of the goals still look reasonable to me. The BayState goal might change. If I qualify for Boston in May, then I might run BayState with my mom. She's pretty close to qualifying for Boston and it would be cool to go to Boston with her.

And completely off topic, we finally have a family picture with Emily! She's sleeping in it, which is ironic because she never ever naps. Anyway, happy new year everyone!


Running and living said...

You've had an amazing year. And I think that all the running you did has strengthen your body and made you less prone to injuries. I honestly think that a sub 20 should be easy for you! And I have no doubt you are going to run faster than 1:40 at Hampton, and that you will BQ! Not to put any pressure on you, but you are running super strong! And what a beautiful picture!

Stefanie Schocke said...

Beautiful family!

You'll definitely break 1:40 in the half. And you should have no problem with a BQ!

You are so fast now and you just had a baby! Imagine throwing in speed work and tempos!

Brianne said...

Great job on the running! I fear I also may be on the road to mastitis - have been battling a cold all week but of course didn't stop running or strength training and as of last night have lumps and pain on one side - have taken the day off exercise and have tried to use heat and rest. Any advice on how to avoid a full-blown infection?

Katie said...

Wowza, what a fantastic year!!!

Brianne said...

Thanks, and I'm glad you're feeling better. I think I managed to avoid an infection by resting and heating at the first sign of pain and blockage. Hopefully it stays away.

Brianne said...

Thanks, and I'm glad you're feeling better. I think I managed to avoid an infection by resting and heating at the first sign of pain and blockage. Hopefully it stays away.

Meg said...

I love the family picture, the girls already look so much older!
I really appreciated your comment about not having too much time to worry about your PRs(you left that comment on my blog this week). I totally understand how family and just body changes affected our goals and immediate efforts. I remember not caring much about PR's when my kids were little because I just wanted to get out there and clear my head, think and enjoy the process of getting fit. I think this is a stage of're too quick and motivated to stay in this stage for too long.