I know the year is not yet over, but with only a little more than 2 weeks left, and no more races planned, I think I can safely post this now.
I started running in January of 2011. I ran my first 5K in mid April of that year and ran 6 more races before years end. (I actually ran my first 5K over 25 years ago, but I wasn’t a runner and I didn’t really know what I was doing, so I don’t count that. If you have a high tolerance for boredom you can read about it in my very first blog, www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
This year I ran 16 races. I ran 8 5K’s, 3 10K’s, a 3.5 mile run, 3 half marathons, and my first full marathon.
I met goals that I had set for the 5K and 10K distances. I wanted to run a 5K in under 26 minutes and got a 25:33. I wanted to run a 10K in under an hour and got a 56:21. I have two more goals that I’m trying for. I want to complete a half marathon in under two hours, and I want to complete another marathon, preferably under five hours. I have not set any time frame for the last two goals but, given my age, I better not take TOO long.
I am very satisfied with my performance this year. Some races went better than others, but I learned something from all of them, particularly the marathon. Although I wasn’t thrilled with my time, I did finish, and I gave it everything I had that day. More importantly, I know some things that I did wrong and hopefully have the sense not to repeat those mistakes.
It’s been fun sharing with other Sparkers. The Sparkpeople running community is a constant source of inspiration, instruction, motivation and support. It’s so much fun reading race reports from other runners and it’s wonderful that others are willing to share their experiences with the rest of us, the good moments and the painful ones, the victories and the…..victories (after all, any time we cross that finish line, it’s a victory, no matter where we place or how long it takes). Thanks to all of you for making this running experience even more enjoyable.
I want to give a special shoutout to my Spark friend BOILHAM. We pretty much started this running thing at the same time in our lives and with the same running skill set, that is, no previous experience. His lighthearted ribbing and like minded running goals are always a pleasant motivator. I wouldn’t say we have a friendly competition because I get as much pleasure out of his successes as I do from my own. After all, us old geezers need to look out for each other.
It’s been a good racing year for me. I hope it’s been a good one for you as well. And next year will be even better.