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January 4, 2011

For Once I Feel Content With the Past 12 Months

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — marathonmaiden @ 08:17

I know, I know. Y’all are sick of these posts. I alluded to it in my last post and then spent some time typing it out. In the end I decided to cut down the words and try to let pictures speak some of them for me with notes of the good and bad etc.  So I guess this post is more for me that you because this one is getting printed off and put into my training / scrapbook that my sis is making me.  And I know that in the end I want this year documented for myself which is why there are so many links so that I can find stuff if I really want to. But I hope you enjoy it nevertheless.

Oh and P.S. That gingerbread house was definitely in the mid-drinking stages.  I should go into the gingerbread house making business.  Next year I’m tackling the village 😉

January: 396.8 miles (8:54 avg pace). Training run with Lacey (and I just noticed that I did a lot with her this year. LOVE YOU!).  It probably set the tone for the year as it was a LR that was *pushed* fast and out of my comfort zone.  And I handled it.

February: 390.4 miles (9:03 avg pace). I honestly cannot really remember anything remarkable about this month.  Nor can I find a picture for it.  Oops.

March: 432.3 miles (9:00 avg pace). Ugh Eastern States 20M. ‘Nuff said. Except that this month, while the monster month for Boston training, was tough on me physically.  I ended up in PT for stuff and horrible shin splints.

Little did we know what was ahead...

April: 152.4 miles (9:20 avg pace). Boston. Marathon. (Goal for 2010:Requalify for Boston. Yup.  Did this.  Twice in fact. Holler)

May: 286.6 miles (8:56 avg pace). Lots of stuff: graduating, accepting a job, paying the security deposit and first month rent! Exciting stuff.

Scary stuff too.

June: 500.5 miles! (8:42 avg pace) Getting to meet (and run with!) Jess during her trip to Boston. I also ran lots and lots of double and some triple to give me my highest month of the year.

Naturally I chose the non-running pic of us 😉

July: 354. miles (8:37 avg pace).  I dominated the local 5M Fourth of July race. I also took my Philly trip for my job pre-service orientation and I got to run with Flo!

Philly Pretzel!

August: 270.2 miles (8:33 avg pace).  This month I took a trip to Texas and, by a twist of fast (or a really delayed flight stranding me in Houston) got to run with Jess again!  When I got back from the vacay I took the MCAT and moved and started my job.  Hello real world?

Well this pic was from her June trip. But still a good one nonetheless

September: 328.6 miles (8:36 avg pace). I raced a half marathon with Lacey(goal for 2010: sub 1:40:00 half Check), stayed with her family, went apple picking, mini-golf and drinking with her 🙂 FUN.  I also broke 20 minutes (by ONE second) in the Providence 5k: goal for 2010: sub 20:00 5k  Check

October: 422.1 miles (8:48 avg pace). Race the Tufts 10k with Lacey where I remember her telling me to “JUST DO THIS” (goal for 2010: sub 43:00 10k Check) and I signed up for WR. 5.5 weeks before race day. Eep.


November: 454.1 miles (8:54 avg pace).  This was the month that training went “hardcore” for WR.  I also celebrated my birthday by running my age in kilometers.  I probably could have run my age in miles as I was training but km just was more appealing. Especially after going out to celebrate my birthday the night before. I also started the 100 pushups and 200 situps challenge. Woot.

December:260.8 miles (avg pace).  December always gets the shaft from peeps in terms of having it’s own recap.  And I’m going to do the same here.  The biggest thing was White Rock (goal for 2010: sub 3:30 marathon Oooooooh man, that’s a check), which was awesome because I got to hang out with my RW peeps, saw bloggers, and hang out with Jess again. And I guess in order to give December a little boost to make up for the lack of a favorites post I’ll also say that I made lots of yummy desserts, and threw together some from a not-so-homemade standpoint which were just as yummy.  Hopefully that continues into the new year as well.


Overall 2010 was an amazing year (goal for 2010: Have fun. Check!).  And a record year too with those prs and the yearly mileage of 4248.4.  This is a percent change of 36.4% from last year (3116.0 miles in 2009).

And since I had lots of time on my hands earlier this evening I decided it’d be fun to calculate exactly how much time I spent running this year:

  • 26 days, 1 hour, 50 minutes, 20 seconds
  • Average pace: 8:51

So I’m just putting it out there (again) that 2011 better be ready for me.


  1. Call me a dork but I like these recap posts! Holy monster mileage and great racing last year – you should be very proud of yourself! I’m excited for what 2011 will bring 🙂

    Comment by mealsformiles — January 4, 2011 @ 08:45

  2. Love this! What a great 2010 you had….

    Comment by Laura — January 4, 2011 @ 09:03

  3. You had a fabulous year! I’m excited to see what 2011 holds for you!

    Comment by runsinthefamily — January 4, 2011 @ 09:05

  4. Your pace just got out of control awesome as the year progressed. Congrats!

    And I don’t run nearly as much as you- but I’m terrified of actually putting the time spent into terms of days ran… eek!

    Comment by Amy @ Second City Randomness — January 4, 2011 @ 09:24

  5. You have had an amazing running year! Love those end of year stats, too! 🙂
    Can’t wait to see how speedy you are in 2011!

    Comment by emily — January 4, 2011 @ 10:22

  6. Those are some incredible stats girl. You should feel proud as hell!!

    Comment by Shutupandrun — January 4, 2011 @ 10:24

  7. this is the most fabulous year recap i have seen yet. love all the pictures, too!!!!!!!!! you have come such a long way, but what is unfolding is what is already in you just being set free. with that bamf intensity you light the way with. i remember first finding your blog, before meeting you, and that feels like decades ago and i had no idea what a great friend and person you would be. and your running is just incredible, and you are still improving. i love that you have no limits. hopefully i will reach the point where i can train hard again!!! and run longer distances. i remember that january training run- i can’t believe an entire year has gone by. i think where i am right now is just in limbo a bit, but i will always be cheering you on even if i can’t run with you 🙂 you better believe i am seeing you at boston this year. i can’t wait!!!! 🙂 xoxo always 🙂

    Comment by Lacey — January 4, 2011 @ 10:45

  8. What a great year! I’m so happy for you!

    Comment by Lindsay — January 4, 2011 @ 11:48

  9. You are a mileage MACHINE! I love that you spent nearly a month of the year (26 days!) running 🙂

    Comment by Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) — January 4, 2011 @ 11:49

  10. Love, love, love the photos! Cannot believe your mileage – I think it’s a good month when I hit the 120’s! You rock!

    Comment by Terri — January 4, 2011 @ 11:56

  11. Your mileage is pretty insane! I’m not sure if I’ve walked that amount my whole life, nevermind run it in a single year.

    I hope that 2011 is as fabulous for you!!

    Comment by Ameena — January 4, 2011 @ 12:26

  12. Holy Cow! 26 days of running! thats like a month! great job on 2010!

    Comment by J — January 4, 2011 @ 13:01

  13. Happy New Year!!! Hope 2011 is just as good.

    Comment by Chelsea — January 4, 2011 @ 14:16

  14. 2011 is shaking in it’s boots after reading this recap… it doesn’t even know what’s coming! You’re gonna owwwwn it.

    Comment by sweatykid — January 4, 2011 @ 16:30

  15. your 2010 was insane… 2011 better watch out!

    Comment by Aron — January 4, 2011 @ 18:13

  16. That’s unbelievable that you ran for basically 26 days out of the year! It’s crazy how fast it adds up.

    Comment by Jenny — January 4, 2011 @ 18:20

  17. You ran almost an entire month! LOL. You are definitely a BAMF! Amazing pace improvement! And ridiculous mileage. Can’t wait to see what kind of craziness you throw down in 2011.

    Comment by Lesley @ — January 4, 2011 @ 20:17

  18. An amazing year and boy that is a lot of miles!

    Comment by Detroit Runner — January 4, 2011 @ 20:41

  19. What an awesome year! You should feel REALLY accomplished! 🙂

    Comment by Muncher Cruncher — January 4, 2011 @ 21:48

  20. YAY! You had a terrific year and I love looking at all of your photos. Congratulations! 🙂

    Comment by Kim — January 4, 2011 @ 21:55

  21. Don’t be bashful, you had a fabulous year to review! I’d repost this several times!!

    April and May were huge for you Boston and graduating! And, I’m so glad I joined bloggy world in time to read about your WR race! Amazing!!

    Here’s to a fabulous 2011 with no homework or studying!

    Comment by Jess @ Blonde Ponytail — January 5, 2011 @ 00:27

  22. holy s&#&#. 450 miles in nov? my jaw dropped with the earlier months and then you throw that bomb in there. good lord. you got the whole idea of these – it’s for you, not us 🙂 i’m pretty sure 99% of my blog traffic is me looking at my own blog haha.

    Comment by lindsay — January 5, 2011 @ 07:05

  23. Wow you ran a lot! What a great year for you, glad I was part of it!

    Funny about December not getting its own recap. I actually just recapped December because recapping the whole year seemed like too much work.

    Comment by Jess — January 5, 2011 @ 14:21

  24. Great year! You should be proud 🙂

    Comment by Laura @ box run eat — January 5, 2011 @ 16:04

  25. OMG girl!! I just found your blog and I am SO glad I did, it is seriously motivating 🙂 I am trying to bulk up my mileage but I pretty much suck as a runner. You are amazing! Great job!

    Comment by Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) — January 10, 2011 @ 00:08

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