Sunday, January 2, 2011

This is what happens when you kinda, only sorta set goals...

Here are my numbers from 2010

Running - 578.7 miles
Cycling - 154 miles
Other (probably the elliptical) - 142.09
Total Miles - 875.04

In 2009, I ran and cycled 982.14 miles. My goal was to do a combined 1000 miles this year, but THAT didn't happen. I could chalk it up to injuries and be only a little bit accurate, but it would be more accurate to say that I just didn't do it. It was one of those goals I kinda made early on, then sorta forgot about it. That's the way it is with goals that you kinda, sorta, set for yourself, you kinda, sorta reach them.

So...I didn't reach a 1000 mile goal, but I did have a couple other running and cycling accomplishments this year.

  • I had another great year of running with the herd (Betty, Elsie, and Mik, you all are the greatest running partners EVAH!)
Pre-race San Francisco. Top of the Hyatt...isn't that where everyone goes for a pre-race, pre-dinner snack?
  • I FINALLY SUCCEEDED in talking Walter into running a 1/2 marathon with me, and he did at the Long Beach 1/2 Marathon.
  • I completed the California Dreamin' Triple Crown -- 
    • The Surf City 1/2 Marathon where I learned that NOT training for a 1/2 marathon is a VERY BAD IDEA 
    • The San Francisco 1/2 where I got to meet up with a bunch of blogger friends thanks to Penny, who was also our savior and picked up our bibs and gear for Surf City.
    • The Long Beach 1/2 which I got to run with Walter and the Herd, and dispite the dismal bag check, I had a really, really, really good time.
  • I PR'd at the San Diego Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon, breaking the 2:30 mark (2:27:37)
  • I PR'd in the OFT'-RUN 4 MILE DISTANCE at the End of Summer Fire Run (38:53)
  • I managed to break the 5K - 30 minute barrier twice this year. The first time at the Carlsbad 5000 (29:54), then again in November at the Shelter Island 5K (29:53).
  • Mik and I endured a torrential downpour as we completed our first organized bike ride the Gran Fondo in April.
  • I completed my own kind of Tri (three events, three cities, three days) which included a 1/2 marathon on day 3 (Surf City 1/2) and survived, but I'll never do THAT again (yeah right).
  • I managed to get through the whole year without a major injury!!!! (I'm blaming the stress fracture on 2009...which is when it started!), so maybe I have learned something after all!
  • I rode in a hot air balloon
Up, up in the our beautiful, our beautiful...baloooooooooon (yeah, only a few of us will know that song).
  • I spent one more year married to the most wonderful man in the world, and I continued to enjoy my two kids become two really reasonable teenagers...
The crew
So, to start off the new year right, Mik, Betty and I went out for a ride/run this morning. Mik and I rode and Betty ran. It was a beautiful (if not cool) morning before the storm.

Mik and I at the 1/2 way point of our ride. I like how Mik looks celestial here...
Mik and Betty back at the car with the Coronado bridge in the background
We found a little coffee house in Coronado...which made ENORMOUS mimosas...
...and really good muffins (one place where a large muffin-top is a VERY good thing)
And a rather eclectic reading list...I mean isn't The Early Days of the Power Station Industry on EVERYONE'S reading list?
As we ate our breakfast, we talked some about our goals for this year. I've already registered for the 53 mile Gran Fondo (pray for no rain this year...PLEEEEZE) and the Napa to Sonoma 1/2 Marathon in July. I'll be starting my fourth year with the San Diego Track Club's Rockin' and Runnin' program, so I'll likely be running the San Diego Rock and Roll 1/2 Marathon again in early June. 

I told Betty and Mik that one of my goals is to run a 1/2 marathon in 2:15. I think I can do it this year if I stay healthy. I'd also like to shave a couple of minutes off my 5K time.

Betty asked me this morning if I had any personal goals or resolutions this year as her "bucket list" is about a mile long. Is it bad that I don't? I mean, I'm not a perfect person. Lord knows I could drop a few pounds, but that seems like such a chicken-shit resolution. I mean, it's a good goal and all...and I don't want to put down anyone else who is making it, but for me it would be like the 1000 mile sorta-goal I kinda made last year. 

In truth, I feel like I'm in a pretty good place right now. I'm just happy to be running, and teaching, and being a mom and a wife and a daughter and a friend. 

Happy New Year everyone! Here's to a fantabulous 2011!


  1. Way to crank out the 1/2 marathons this past year!
    I'm jealous of your bike riding all ready this year, I can't wait-the trainer is way boring!!

  2. All in all a great year. SO many of those goals like run 1000 miles are arbitrary. I think you achieved much more meaningful things anyway. Have a great 2011

  3. I've always hated New Year's resolutions, even though I've been known to make a few myself. You accomplished a lot in 2010, even if you didn't set some arbitrary goal at the beginning of the year.

    May your 2011 be fantabulous as well!!

  4. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a healthy and injury free 2011! Happy New Year!

  5. What a busy year for you! Cheers to 2011!

  6. Good stuff! I am so enjoying being part of this with you. I can't wait for the next adventures. Maybe a bucket list is not necessary. Life happens and there are sooo many possibilities that just pop up:) It is nice that way.

  7. I rode in a hot air balloon

    What a coincidence. I have been called a hot air balloon!

    Hahahahahaha! I'll take it because it' the only way anyone ever calls me HAWT!

    Congrats on another kinda-sorta successful year, sister!

    YOU sent RBR to my blog?



  8. I rode in a balloon once. They told me I was a little too tall so I should wear a hat or my hair might go on fire.

    I wore a hat.

    But seriously, being in a good place is what it is all about. Here's to 2011 and good places!

  9. Still, those are some serious logged in miles.

    Yes, you can smash 2:15, I just know it!

  10. Great goals! I am sort of there with the 2:15 goal, too. That'd be shaving 12 mins off my PR and about 30 mins off my last 1/2 time (which was only 5 months post baby....)

    I would love to come run the SD Rock n Roll....

  11. My 2010 looks pretty similar - quite a startling drop from 2009, but whatcha gonna do?

    We'll make 2011 mo' better :)

  12. Alice, I love your attitude. You're grateful for what you have. Period. I like that!

  13. My wife tells me I'm the most wonderful man in the world. Clearly we'll need an independent body to establish rankings.

  14. What an awesome 2010!! You and the herd totally rock and I'm so glad that Walter joined in on the fun...congrat's Walter!

    Those are HUGE mimosa's....oh, now I want one!

    Happy New Year girlfriend....