2010: A year of running

Happy 2011 everyone!

I still have a lot to catch you all up on but for now, I thought I would reflect back on the past year, most of which I have spent running! There was a time when I thought I would never run regularly again, let alone in long distance races but I have proven myself wrong again. Oh, how I love to do that!

I did a lot of other fitness-related things in 2010 but it was definitely the year of running for me. As a matter of fact, in 2010, I ran…

  • Nine 5k races!
  • One 10k race
  • One 10-miler
  • Two half marathons
  • My first 15k race
  • A nighttime 3 mile race
  • A 5-miler through Iroquois Park

There is nothing better to keep you motivated than to register for races. I tend to want to quit over the summer when it gets too hot and during the winter when temperatures fall below freezing and you have to wear 4 layers of clothing to stay warm. But having the races (and a great training partner) kept me going all year long!

There were times that I got discouraged and doubted myself. The mileage intimidated me as did my past finishing times. But after the 15k in September and especially the half marathon in October, I realized that I really can do whatever I set my mind to. I don’t have to be the fastest, I don’t have to beat my PR every time I go out there. I just need to have fun and enjoy the fact that I CAN RUN. And I can do so without soreness or injury. I am very blessed.

I am also happy to say that I have not slowed down at all. In fact, I started of the first day of 2011 with a 10 mile race! There are many more coming up this Spring, including the Triple Crown of Running and the Kentucky Derby Festival mini-Marathon that I have to look forward to. I do hope to beat my 5k PR sometime in 2011 but no pressure! And maybe, just maybe, I will go for a full marathon in the Fall. We shall see!

What fitness goals did you accomplish in 2010? What do you hope to do in 2011?

About Sarah Frankel

I am 29 years old and a resident of Louisville, Kentucky. I've been married to my husband Josh for 6 years and we have a 5 year old beagle named Suzie. Four years ago, I changed my eating and exercise habits, dropping 70 pounds and gaining an entirely new life. I took up running in September 2007 and became vegan in October 2009. I am constantly striving to improve my life so that I can live it to the fullest! I hope you will join me on my life journey.

Posted on January 4, 2011, in races, running and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Holy cow, girl, you ran your booty off last year!! I guess you just don’t realize it until you put them all down on a list like that! Wow!! Go YOU!

    As for me, in 2010 I ran the Disney Princess Half in March and my first full marathon in October in Kansas City. It was a GREAT year!! I never thought I’d do a full, so to complete that goal…sometimes I still pinch myself;-)

    This year I am registered to run the St. Louis Marathon in April. I am SO excited!

  2. Wow! Do you use a program to track all your miles? I fell in love with running last year and I’m excited to participate in more races this year. My 2 biggies will be the KDF MiniMarathon and The Rock & Roll Miami Half-Marathon in December.

  3. Wow! You accomplished so much! It’s amazing to see all that!

    I need to do something like that, maybe it will inspire me to get back with it! I had an awesome 2010 (fitness-wise)! I just wanted to keep up with running, be able to always run a 5k distance, but somehow, I ended up doing the Triple Crown and the Mini-Marathon. I don’t have definite plans to do it again this year- but we’ll see how the rest of Jan and Feb go!

  4. sarah this is so great!!!!! you ran so much last year! I am going to start calling your “Forest”! 2012 Marathon here we come!!!!!!

  5. wow all those races are very impressive!

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