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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?

Papa John’s 10-miler ‘09

On race day morning, I had my usual pre-race tradition, which I found out today is pretty similar to what Caitlin fuels up on before a race, haha…

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Two slices of whole wheat toast with PB and banana and a glass of 1% milk. I also ended up having some coffee too, which is new for me because I’m usually too afraid to drink coffee before a race. Luckily, I had no problems and it even helped me wake up before I got to the starting line 🙂

I got through the first 8 miles doing a reasonable 9:2 minute ratio of running to walking. I was averaging 10:30-11 minute miles. But after 8, I really started to hurt…my knees, feet, ankles, calves, ugh. So I changed over to 4:1 minutes so that my walking breaks would be more frequent. That became 4:2 and then 4:4, but I finished the race RUNNING and it was hard but I was pleased with how I finished:

Time: 1:53:39

Distance: 10.0 miles

Calories burned: est. 900-1000

I had to wait for my mom and two aunts to finish walking the race, so I went back to the car and took some much needed post-race therapy:

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I usually don’t take ibuprofen, but since I was already in pain, I figured it couldn’t hurt. The Golden Tiger cream was from my mom’s chiropractor, who she says is into holistic medicine. Cool!

These two things were the perfect combo, that and my recovery snack:

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Panera cinnamon crunch bagel with VitaminWater 10 XXX which is acai-blueberry-pomegranate apparently (I drank it really fast). I usually just drink water but the duration of my exercise called for something with some added power. Tasty, good ingredients and vitamins: this hit the spot, quenched my thirst and brought my energy levels back waaaay up. The bagel was awesome too. Usually I’m afraid to eat after a race but I knew as long as this one was, I really needed it.

I sat in the car with my feet propped up for almost an hour. Between that, my snack and the Golden Tiger, I wasn’t even feeling like I ran a race when I got home. Even the next day, my biggest complaints of soreness were my upper body and abs, which was from my workout on FRIDAY. Haha.

When I got settled again, I met my friend Courtney for shopping, lunch & a trip to the library (which in this economy is so much cheaper than going to the bookstore). While out and about, we tried some of the new Pom light teas. I got the pomegranate wildberry white tea:

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It tasted pretty good and was a nice alternative to water. I just don’t choose to use calories on beverages too often so this is a once in a while treat.

For lunch, we stopped at a little place called Great Life Cafe, which is apparently inside of a gym, haha. We found it on the internet! I got the buffalo chicken wrap, which satisfied all my cravings (for some reason, I’m all about the buffalo sauce these days):

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That and a tall glass of water was enough to hold me for a while, but when I got home, I was all snacky again. I had a pita pocket with 1 tbsp of Nutella. Yes, you read that right, I’ve let the beast back in my house…

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What’s cool though is that I haven’t had any more since this time and its two whole days later!

For dinner, I picked up some takeout from McAlister’s Deli and they have some really great additions to their menu. I got the Mediterranean Feta flatbread pizza, which was only $5.79 and look how HUGE it is:

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I ate half and put the other half in the fridge for the next day 🙂 It was really thin and crispy (how I like it) and the veggies and feta were so good. I think I was Greek in a past life.

For dessert, I had some M&M’s…

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while we watched “How to lose friends and alienate people” (with Simon Pegg from Shaun of the Dead). It was pretty crazy and hilarious and it was nice to see Kirsten Dunst in a movie, I used to like her a lot when I was younger and it seems like its been a while since I’d seen her.

Then I went to bed early because I am old ran a 10 mile race! 🙂