I haven't posted for a while and decided that a quick year in review and look ahead to 2010 would help me get back into the swing of things. So hear goes. First a look back at 2009.
Patterns, Patterns, Patterns
For a guy who loves patterns, my racing schedule for 2009 was full of them. In 2009 I only ran 5K races. Ironically, I ran 5 of them (didn't plan that one). As we all know, the 5K is a 3 mile (and change) race. So how cool is it that I won 3 medals in 2009? Oh, and you ask what were those medals? They were all medals for finishing in the top three for my age group (the 30 to 35 age groups) and as it turns out I got a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place medal. Man I love patterns.
Here is a list of the 5Ks with times.
9/13 Run The Bus - 23:34
10/3 Entenmann's Great South Bay - 23:13 (3rd place)
11/8 Run For The Warriors - 21:52 (1st place)
11/28 Blue Talon Bistro Turkey Trot - 20:43
12/5 Seaford Wellness Run - 20:53 (2nd place)
A look ahead at 2010
2010 is going to be the year of the marathon. I've been building a base and training since August. I was originally following a training plan laid out in Jack Daniels Running Formula, but found the 7 day a week running schedule with no days of rest was over stressing my legs. As a result I recently switched to Hal Higdon's 18 week novice program. That led to the extra treat of a 6 mile run on the first day of the new year. A great way to start the year!
January is shaping up to be a busy month. In addition to the training, I've entered in the Long Island State Park Winter Run Series. The series starts on the 10th. Each Sunday for 4 weeks I'll be running a 5K in one of Long Islands State Parks. I've never raced during this time of year and I'm looking forward to see how I fare in the cold weather. I also figured that the experience could only toughen me up a little more for the marathon. I've also added a simple free weight program and push up regiment to my training to gain a little upper body strength.
So here are my goals for 2010:
+ Break 20 Minutes on 5K
+ Run my first 1/2 Marathon (National 1/2 Marathon - March 20)
+ Run my first Marathon (Long Island Marathon - May 2)
I'm very excited about 2010 and the races to come!