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I Wish I Had A Polaroid ~ So I Can Remember

November 23, 2009

It’s gonna be legend-… wait for it… and I hope you’re not lactose intolerant because the second half of that word is DAIRY!

And it was.  Well, its not over yet.  The year of 2009.  There are 39 days left until we hit 2010 so I guess this is as good a time as any to indulge in reminiscence.  Come with me, won’t you please?

My main goal for 2009 was to run 1000 miles.  Being that I broke my right big toe on January 21, 2009 that particular goal was going to be difficult.  Just 4 days earlier, I had completed my 1st 10 miler.  I was on cloud 9 after that run, and then I go and break my toe.  So, dreams were dashed and I became what I was afraid of.  A big ole couch potato.

But, thats so far in the past that that I hardly ever think about my broken toe, except when I hit it on the coffee table ~ then I am reminded ever so slightly that there was a bone that was broken and has now healed.  Almost!

Goals ~ schmoals.  It’s just thoughts in my own head.  Things I think I can accomplish and sometimes I do.  Sometimes, I don’t.  But, I sure as heck always try.  I am not a quitter.  I take pride in that.

I did run 2 half marathons this year.  Didn’t reach my goals in those, but I did finish.

There is really so much in my head, that I am not sure if I am indulging in reminiscence to the best of my ability.  I guess I just like to think back.  But, mainly, I want to look forward to what’s to come because you cannot change the past, but you sure as fuck can control what happens going forward.

So, onto the past couple of workouts.

I did my very first brick workout on Saturday and I really enjoyed it.  I decided on a 1 hour bike ride, followed by a 2 mile run.  It went well.  The “transition” was slow because I had to take my bike up to my apartment, then change into my running kicks/VFF’s and then get back outside.  That took about 9 minutes.  So I rode about 12 miles in 1 hour and then ran 2 miles in 19.49.

My running speed is very slowly coming back.  I’ve done a few sub 30 minute 5k’s now, my fastest being 29.33 post-flu.  That flu made me breathe harder than I wanted to and enabled me my first snot rocket of the season.  Nothing like getting rid of the crud in your lungs.

Today, was an awesome longer run.  7.10 miles in 1.11.39 with an average pace of 10.05 min/mile.  I loved this run for a couple of reasons.  Great company and a good route that was different than my normal boardwalk running.   Not that there’s anything wrong with running on the boardwalk that I love so much, but sometimes change is good.

So, this indulge in reminiscence wasn’t really that much was it?  I thought perhaps I would just give a hint.  There is more, so much more.

Like that fact that I am currently at 841 running miles and 423 cycling miles for 2009.  Like the fact that I am falling in love with running all over again and again.  Really, every single day.  Like the fact that I met so many incredible folks this year.  Like the fact that I am now a proud member of the Brooks Inspire Daily Program.  Like the fact that the year is not even over yet and I think some good stuff is yet to come.

So, the pictures I took in my mind will forever linger there.  It will let me remember all the good times and even some of the bad stuff.  There is so much more to do.  In fact, I will never be done.  I will always be striving for more.  For bigger and better and awesomeness.  My running mojo is here , hopefully to stay a while.

The only way to be who you want to be is by being what you haven’t yet been.


9 Comments leave one →
  1. November 23, 2009 2:22 am

    what did you think of the brick workout? i havent tried one yet but want to! maybe after this next marathon ill start running/biking and *gasp* maybe swimming! haha 🙂

  2. November 23, 2009 2:29 am

    ” So, the pictures I took in my mind will forever linger there.”


  3. November 23, 2009 6:26 pm

    Uh, yes, I remember the broken toe days. So glad they are gone and done. You are doing so great, it’s very exciting. Running mojo is back, and that’s all that matters.

  4. November 23, 2009 10:15 pm

    Definitely an impressive year, espectially considering injury, and still 10% to go!

  5. November 24, 2009 5:49 pm

    841 miles is pretty dayum awesome in my book! I have memories all the way back from childhood. Keep moving forwards and upwards and cherish those memories 🙂

  6. November 24, 2009 9:57 pm

    it’s been a good year baby. still some time left to get in a few more miles. i better go run now.

  7. November 27, 2009 6:42 pm

    You’re doing well — 841 miles running and 423 cycling. Hey, I’m impressed. You’ll come close to 1000 miles running.

  8. November 27, 2009 8:20 pm

    Dairy inspirational – nice to run across runners like you who really enjoy the WHOLE experience!

    Good luck, keep on keeping on!


  9. November 30, 2009 3:27 pm

    Getting caught up…. I’m wondering with Nichole…. How did the Brick go? I’ve thought about doing one of those, but I didn’t want to get ahead of myself.

    I love that you’re falling in love with running again! Enjoy it!

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