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January 2, 2011

Goals of Past and Future.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , — marathonmaiden @ 12:22

Or not. It could be that time of year that the goals of the year get reviewed and reevaluated and new ones get written down for the upcoming year.  But I decided not to because everyone and their mom is doing a goals post and everything I’ve been trying to write is kind of blahhhh. Plus I like to evaluate things whenever I need to, the fact that yesterday was January 1st doesn’t really phase me.  I know some of you are like that too and some aren’t and I really enjoyed reading them this year so I’m not a complete hater. I also thought about doing a year in pictures recap but it just wasn’t exciting either.  Maybe it’s because I’ve just celebrated NYE for the past 3 nights and the neurons aren’t firing at 100% just yet. I am still trying to work on it, mostly for myself as a trip down memory lane, and maybe in a few days y’all won’t be sick of those posts and I’ll post it.

That said: overall 2010 was an amazing year.  Like the first year where I feel happy with the past 12 months.  Lots of life changes (graduating, moving out on my own, REAL WORLD) and I’ve grown as a “real person”. And I smashed prs left and right.  And I got to meet lots of my running and blogging friends. It’s going to be really hard for 2011 to top but I’m sure as hell going to give it my all.

I mean, if you’re really interested in what I want out of 2011 the nutshell is: “Run Fast” and “Keep the Momentum of 2010 Going Into 2011″.  How I get there is an experiment.  I’ve decided to start living life on the edge.

Speaking of which: remember how I said on Thursday that my run that day was going to be my LR for the week? Well I guess I lied.  Because, after celebrating pre-NYE on Thursday night my friend and I decided that we FINALLY wanted to run together.  So we did.  And we ended 2010 with 11.4 miles of laughing and running.  I’m still pretty much a solo runner (so is my friend which is why we’ve never run together) but it was really nice.

NYE itself was a blast.  I ended up not going into Boston but staying in Providence which turned out to be a good decision because I had a lot of fun.  So much fun that I didn’t think a run was going to happen but I do happen to know that after a night out, running = amazing.  And I got to start off 2011 with a bang.  Nope not the kind of bang that a good hard interval session bring as I still haven’t yet returned to speedwork yet despite really wanting too.  But the kind of bang where I only set out for 8.5 miles but ended up with 13.2.  I blame the weather for that one because it was 53*.  I didn’t need gloves and finished the run in a sports bra.  Ummmm January 1st? Great way to start off the year!

As great as the run was I cried a little when I had to reset my yearly mileage to 0 yesterday.  I mean, it’s exciting to have a fresh slate but man, I was liking the big running total at the top of my running log.  Boo.

With the past three days being runs of double digits I decided that today was going to be 6 max.  And I respected it.  Holler. But I’m going to be honest here: it was mostly out of time crunching.  Despite staying in Providence for the holiday weekend I didn’t set foot in my apartment from the time I left for work Thursday morning until Sunday morning and there were plenty of chores to do around here. And it was partly because I definitely cannot drink like I did a few years ago when 3 days of partying were the norm.  I mean, it wasn’t 72 hours of straight drinking: I did make a gingerbread house last night.

Before or after drinking? You decide.

The January 2nd run wasn’t as great as the first run of the year.  Not terrible and I wasn’t cussing up a storm while I was running but but as much as I say that drinking = good next day running I don’t think that multiple nights in a row of drinking = good next day running.  First lesson of the new year.  The weather was warm and foggy which was a bit creepy but still, it was warm and yet again it was a gloveless run.  I’m not going to complain about that.  I was having some leg issues toward the tail end of the run and I felt them when I first got up this morning but some rolling took care of that and everything felt normal during the run.  I decided to fully commit to living on the edge, per my new year resolution, and went out for the run without mapping it! Crazy right? I’m such a rebel.

I skipped the pushups and situps on Saturday so they got bumped to today: pushups ( 26, 26, 33, 33, 26, 26, 22, 22, 62 ) situps ( 39, 39, 50, 50, 39, 33, 33, 110 )

I hope everyone is recovering from NYE well and had a great time.  As for the rest of my weekend / Sunday (which I’m digging the three day weekends hardcore!) I have to finish up those errands and then I’m crashing on my couch again. This week is my first 5 day work week since the week before Thanksgiving! I totally need to rest up for it so I can make it to next weekend in one piece.

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21 Comments »

  1. You know, the older you get the less a night out + running = anything near amazing. Which is sad, but there it is. What do you do? Love the gingerbread house! Can’t wait to see what you get into this year! 🙂

    Comment by Terri — January 2, 2011 @ 12:41

  2. I am not looking forward to going back to work and the real world tomorrow! I am enjoying sitting in my sweatpants all day long! Great job on the runs! I hope 2011 is another great year for you!! I am anxious to get back to interval workouts too! Hopefully soon!

    Comment by J — January 2, 2011 @ 13:21

  3. Celebrating 3 nights straight? Damn, I definitely cannot do that anymore haha! Can’t wait to read what 2011 brings for you.

    Comment by Jenny — January 2, 2011 @ 13:33

    • I’m thinking that 3 nights straight isn’t something I can do either. Oops.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 3, 2011 @ 21:38

  4. Happy New Year!! I’m sure your 2011 will be amazing and your momentum will keep on running (hehe). Happy relaxing on the couch as well 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — January 2, 2011 @ 13:35

  5. Happy New Year! Settle down there tiger 😉

    Comment by Matt @ The Kitchen of a Runner — January 2, 2011 @ 14:11

  6. I totally agree with you the on the idea of only evaluating things when you get bitten by the bug to do so. I still feel like I’m on a student-y schedule, year-wise, so May/June tends to be the time of year that I reflect back on the preceding months… January 1st… not so much! That said, you had a really exciting 2010 and you are actually the first running blog I ever read and followed! It helped so much to spy on your training/thoughts while I was training for my first marathon. Thanks for all the motivation; you are going to kill it in 2011.

    Comment by sweatykid — January 2, 2011 @ 14:29

    • Awwww *blush*. thanks chica! And I agree that I evaluate in the spring / fall on a school schedule too.January just doesn’t turn me on in that way 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 3, 2011 @ 21:40

  7. Your gingerbread house looks good girl! If it was post alchy, you are quite talented!

    Comment by Lindsay — January 2, 2011 @ 17:39

  8. Oh my, my gingerbread man has a broken leg…did he do that running as fast as he could trying to keep up with you?? 🙂 2010 was nothing but spectacular and I am so excited to see where 2011 takes you! I, too, am always changing my plan (something due to injury) so it’s hard to lay it all out on Jan 1st. Happy New Year, girl!!! xo

    Comment by Jill — January 2, 2011 @ 20:38

  9. Adorable gingerbread house 🙂 Awesome run on the first of 2011!!

    Comment by Jess — January 2, 2011 @ 21:10

  10. Gingerbread house => before drinking
    (I mean how else are you going to get it to stand up by itself?)

    Comment by danny — January 2, 2011 @ 21:33

    • They have a stand to place it in. You still need the icing to glue everything together but there definitely is a stand to help out!

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 3, 2011 @ 21:42

  11. Those damn synapses! You mean, alcohol doesn’t speed up the response time of neurons?!! Or, help with a run?!

    Wishing you well on a 5 day work week! Ugh–why can’t weekends in clude Monday?!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — January 2, 2011 @ 22:13

  12. your 2010 was INSANE. I can only hope to ever have that much running success in one year 🙂 Can’t wait to see you rock 2011 AND get to meet you!!!!

    Comment by Aron — January 3, 2011 @ 04:09

  13. I am sad on 1/1 when I have to reset my YTD mileage too. But all the more reason to get out and run, right?

    I am torn on the Jan 1 deadline. I like reflecting back on my year but I was tired of reading all the posts about it. I almost wasn’t going to but ultimately said “this is my blog, one day I will want to read a recap of the year”. So you can deal with it 🙂 lol

    And goals – well I love making lists so those are a definite.

    Soo. Will you indulge me in a typical weeks runs? I am just curious as to how these 100mi are spread out. And how long did you run to build up to 90-100?

    Comment by Lindsay — January 3, 2011 @ 08:52

    • Sure lady! I’ll start drafting a post. No guarantees that it’ll be done before the weekend though! And after reading this I’ve decided to post my recap of 2010, you’re right: I’m going to want this for me.

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 3, 2011 @ 21:44

  14. Cute gingerbread house! My guess is that it was done before drinking, or at least during the very beginning of drinking.

    Comment by Jess — January 3, 2011 @ 14:09

    • It was done mid-drinking — and given how much I was drinking I consider it impressive. I’ve got talent, maybe I should go into it as a career. Who wants to be a doctor anyway 😉

      Comment by marathonmaiden — January 3, 2011 @ 21:45

  15. Your mileage was amazing! or insane. Maybe somewhere in between.

    Ican’t even imagine where you’ll go in 2011.

    Comment by shelly — January 3, 2011 @ 16:47


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