Hey, look - it's the end of the year. For a running blogger, that apparently means an end-of-the-year post. Looks like I did one last year about this time as well.
It was kind of a roller-coaster year for me. I had just come off of a couple of good years, 2008 and 2009, but it looks like the end of 2009 and the first couple months of 2010 were kind of rough. I honestly don't remember why that was, though. Sometimes the motivation is just not there, I guess.
Here's a chart of my mileage for 2010:
Like I said, the year started slow, then picked up a bit when I began a solid streak in May/June. I was going to go for 100 days, but got injured a couple weeks before the TRT 50K, then had to drop out of that. Managed a bit of training before the Tahoe Marathon, which was a sufferfest, then barely trained for the Tough Mudder in October. Managed to get fairly serious since then, sticking to a couple of training plans up until the flu hit me the week of Christmas. Just getting over that now, and I think I'll be ready to get out for a run again on the first of January.
What else happened in 2010? Twenty-two races this year, down from twenty-five last year. Two of those were my first multi-stage relays, though, the Reno/Tahoe Odyssey and the Hood to Coast. Great fun, both of them, and I hope I can at least do the Odyssey next year - getting up to Portland turned into a bit much of a time/money investment for me.
NO PRs this year. I haven't been running long enough for that to happen. I think there's still room for improvement in all distances for me. Guess I'll have to work on that for next year. Don't want too many stale PRs sitting around...
Here's a funny bit of trivia - I had 3 (actually, 4) races this year where my bib number was 63. That was my team number at the Reno/Tahoe Odyssey, for the first one. Then I was given bib 63 at the Cold Turkey 4 miler in Carson City, the first race in the Winter Trail Series down there. They had us keep the bibs for the whole series, so I wore it again for the Running With Rudolph trail 10K. And for the Sparks Turkey Trot, I also ended up with 63. Kind of funny. New lucky number, though? Don't think so...
So my grand total of miles for the year was 906. Not the 1000 that I've tried to get to the last few years, but I'm not disappointed or anything. I feel like I'm in a good place now to get some good training and racing in next year, so I won't worry about what happened in 2010 any more. Looking forward here.
As with this year, I don't think I'll post any goals or plans. I have a few things kicking around, and if I feel the need, I'll put them out there. But for now they feel comfortable in my head.
(In other stats, I also had a good reading year. 130 books read in 2010. Just barely over last year's total. And my other hobby, baking, has been productive as well. Learned how to make bombes just recently - molded cakes filled with mousse and glazed with ganache. And my first ever macaroons are waiting to be frosted on the oven right now.)
(As requested, a photo of a bombe. This one is chocolate cake,filled with raspberry-white chocolate mousse, covered in dark chocolate ganache and drizzled with white chocolate.)
Hope everyone has a fun, safe and healthy 2011. Keep running!