The fact that it has taken my until the end of January should give you an idea of what kind of year 2010 was! Let me apologize and warn you right now that this is L O N G. Sorry! This month also marks the one-year anniversary of maintaining my weight loss. Ultimately, I have ended up bouncing around a few pounds above the 133lb goal weight, but that is okay with me, given my level of activity. Ironically, I look thinner!
In March, 2010, I ran my first half-marathon in Pittsburgh. It was a great experience meeting up with a number of fellow Sparkpeople for Just a Short Run. We ran/walked various distances and all had a great time! Six weeks later I ran a second half-marathon, Cap City, in my hometown of Columbus. I had hoped to set a new PR, which I did by a whopping 7 seconds, 2:07:03! This year I’m running those same two races and hoping to hit a sub-2:00 half PR.
Five days after Cap City I flew to Solvang, CA for a women’s bicycle camp. It was an absolutely amazing time! I got to ride a top-of-the-line women’s road bike for four days. We did rides of varying lengths, but the marquis ride is to Jalama Beach; it is 77 miles and includes 4,500ft of climbing. I was doing all of this with 15 other women who were also balancing the demands of life with their love for sport. We had great food, pro coaches and all of our rides were fully supported. I don’t want to call it the trip of a lifetime, because I really want to do it again!
The boys were out of school in June so we, in our typical fashion, headed east for three weeks to my parents in Eastern PA. We spent a week at the Delaware Shore, where I would get up early every morning and run or ride. I would get back just as everyone was eating breakfast so I’d get cleaned up to go to the beach! We made many great family memories, which we are looking forward to building upon this year.
While staying at my parents I am afforded the opportunity to ride with the Harrisburg Bicycle Club two nights a week when they ride out of Hershey. They are so gracious to me. I’m faster than most of their groups but not quite fast enough to hang with the really fast riders for an entire ride. They make sure I don’t get dropped, and secretly, I think some of them enjoy an excuse to go a little easier on those really hot, humid nights! I also really enjoy the opportunity to ride some trails with Gregory and Thomas. They are becoming quite good, courteious riders and even did a 12-mile crushed limestone trail with me one day. They think it's cool to have their own water bottles and "fuel" along the way!
We came back to Ohio for two weeks so the boys could go to camp and then we returned for another two weeks in August. During those times in PA I enjoy the change to my training location and the freedom to run and ride since at least my mom will always be at the house to stay with the kids. However, I also miss my Marathoner in Training buddies and the regularity of our Saturday morning long runs. Once you hit double digit long runs, it’s really much more enjoyable to have friends running with you! Late August I again participated in Pelotonia. Pelotonia is an organized bike ride from 25 to 180 miles. Every rider is responsible for raising money, of which every penny goes to support cancer research at Ohio State. I ride the 100 mile route from Columbus to Athens. This year I was very proud that my local bike shop asked me to ride with them and I completed the route in less than 6 hours of pedal time! Dennis drove SAG for us, a first for him. I’m not sure which of us had more fun, him arranging everything for us or me knowing that he’d be there at the next scheduled stop with the things I like. Pop the trunk and there you go: PB sandwiches, cut in fourths? Cytomax? Water? Tire pump? Bananas? Clif bar? Talk about a hoot!
The next big event I was registered for was the Columbus Marathon. I was excited because I felt my training had been great all season, I was backing off the bike to give my legs a little extra rest and then, with two weeks to go, on a 12-mile fall back run, my left knee started hurting. By the time I got home I knew something was really wrong. The next week I was diagnosed with ITBS, had an injection and was told not to run for a week and then we would test it and see. The Thursday before the marathon I was given the green light to run, with the understanding that if it really bothered me I would stop at the half point. I finished in 4:16:27!!
I took a few weeks off to recover, but I had something even bigger planned for January, so I didn’t have time to just sit and take it easy. I spent the next two months getting ART, stretching and training for the Goofy Challenge. Writing this has made me realize that last year was really busy. Adelaide turned 2, the boys started first and second grades, Dennis started working out, lost weight and is planning to make Cap City his first half this spring. When people ask me what I do I’m not really sure what to say, because I am a stay-at-home mom, but I’m more than that, I’m all of this, too. When I picture myself the first images that pop into my head are of me riding, running and hanging out at the beach with my family.
There are some physical goals I have identified for this year: ride Pelotonia again, run Columbus with the goal of qualifying for Boston, and complete a Half-Ironman in July. I think 2011 will also be a time for me to figure out what happens in my life after I have met these goals and how this lifestyle change really becomes our lifestyle, not just something we’ve done for a couple of years to get healthy.
If you have made it all the way to here, thank you! Had Sparkpeople not been here two years ago I shudder to think what my life, and body, would be like now. Here’s to a great 2011!!