Without a doubt 2009 has been an epic running year for me. I ran more marathons, more miles, and more meaningful PR's than any other year. For the first time I followed training plans with speed work and saw great gains in my running.
I finished off the year with 1,529 miles. That is 427 more miles more than I've ever previously run in one calendar year. I also pulled this off running 4-day-a-week marathon training plans vs. the 5-day-a-week plans I usually followed.
With the exception of the last month I also had a relatively injury-free year. I'm not sure if it was the hip strengthening exercises, compression sleeves, 4 days-a-week running plans, ice bucket soaks, shoe rotation, or just plain dumb luck. But I'll take it.
I dropped my marathon PR from 4:35:39 to 4:14:09. After three years of wishful thinking, I finally sub-2'ed in the half.
So what's planned for 2010? Honestly, I don't know yet. I still haven't really thought about what that 4:14:09 marathon PR means for me. I would like to run a slightly faster half marathon time, but I don't know if 2010 will be the year I tackle that. A part of me wants to run lots of marathons in 2010, but I haven't committed to the idea just yet. I unwittingly ran more than 1500 miles this year (some sort of landmark I've wanted to hit for a couple of years) and I'm not sure I really care if I ever beat that mileage PR, either. Basically, I've achieved all sorts of running goals this year I never thought I would and I'm left with a big, "So what's next?" hanging above my head.
I'm leaving for 9 fun-filled days in Orlando this Sunday. I've got a three-punch 5K, half marathon, and marathon challenge to tackle. I am really looking forward to having a lot of fun at these races. I love Disney races! I am a little undertrained for this sort of thing at the moment, so hopefully I emerge intact!
I am going to try to stock Blogger with some posts before I go since I have a lot of updating to do. I haven't forgotten that I owe you all a Honolulu Marathon report and just what is that injury I have been dealing with the last month? I have a couple other posts I want to get up and I will be sure the "Monday Marios" are ready to go, too. I'm not sure if I'll be updating the blog live from Orlando, but I will be able to read comments.
I hope that everyone (and everybun) has an awesome new year!