Thank God 2009 is over. Seriously, I am thankful that this year is pretty much in the books. My main resolution for 2010 is to be more thankful for the positive things in my life, because, yes, I am very blessed. So... to start things off right, I will attempt to focus on the positives of this past year.
January: First female in P'cola Beach 1/2 Marathon. I also hired a coach. This lasted all of 5 months. After May, I turned to a good friend on RWOL for running advice. This was a huge help for the 2nd half of my year.
February: First female in P'cola Half Marathon, but the highlight of this race was watching Speedy Anna take first in the marathon and break 3 hours in her FIRST marathon!
March: First overall PERSON in the Resurrection 10K in Prattville. My time smelled like eggs, but I was thrilled to help new runner, Alecia, to her first 10K. I also had my first DNS, as I skipped the Azalea Trail Run 10K, due to flooding and storms.
April: 2nd Female and PR in Old Mobile 8K. I also had one of the worst races in my life- St. Louis Marathon. Reading my RR from this race makes me tear up. Looking back, I really used some serious perseverance during this time of my life.
May: Competed in my first cycling race- Habitat for Humanity 30 miler! 3rd Female in another rainy race- Jubilee 8K.
June: 1st Female in Clanton Peach 10K, but had a totally stinky time. I had a bit of an ab injury, but really I just wasn't into racing then.
July: Got my mojo back, but no PR, in the Firecracker 5K in Louisville, 4th Female overall. Found out 100% of my students scored 3s & 4s on the State Assessment! I was super stoked about this.
August: Completed my first 100 mile week; I think I had about 6 weeks over 100 this year, but plenty in the 90s. 1st female in the Monroeville 5K, and a near PR despite the scorching temps and humidity.
September: The Bear Challenge Adventure race- enough said. I also was first overall PERSON to finish the Boys & Girls Club 10K in Montgomery.
October: FINALLY a PR, but not what I hoped for- 3:06 in the ING Hartford Marathon. Spent the weekend w/ 2 super new friends which completely made up for my disappointment.
November: A 10K PR by 46 seconds in the Food World Charity Bowl 10K in Mobile. I was 2nd overall female in this race, too. Raced the San Antonio Marathon in 3:08. I was actually pleased w/ this race b/c I gave Sub 3 a serious go, hitting the first half in 1:30. Despite hot temps, recent marathon, and hammy cramps, I gave it all I had. Highlight of this weekend, though, was spending time with Pace Runner! Unfortunately, I had a major disappointment this month by not passing my National Board Certification. I will give it another try, though, and resubmit 4 sections after redoing them.
December: Took a big break this month (the first two weeks), but had 2 RR highlights- having record number of athletes sign up for track team tryouts, as well as becoming a part of the Brooks Bluestreak Team. I am really, really excited about these two aspects of my running in 2010.
Now... 2010! Hhhmm, where to start. This past year seems so LONG. In fact, I don't even really feel like the same person. I think I did a lot of growing up this year, and had lots of life lessons that will benefit me in the long run. Here are my ideas for 2010: (Of course, these are subject to change.)
1. Sub 3 hour marathon (Duh, my blog wouldn't be complete without this one. LOL.)
2. PR in the Half Marathon
3. Get back to racing weight and hold it there. I'm up about 3-5 pounds now.
That's actually it for RR goals. Here are few personal ones:
1. Be at peace. I know that sounds cheese ball-ish, but seriously, I want to be at peace with myself, my life, and quit taking everything so darn seriously.
2. Work hard every day. I've always been a hard worker, and I'd say this is my very best quality. When life feeds you lemons though, (in the words of Michelle) making lemonade gets exhausting! That's what life is- hard work. There are definitely rewards for hard work. These rewards come in the form of happiness, laughter, and success.
3. Spend more time working on my faith. I spent a lot of this year being angry. Because of that anger, I neglected that fragile aspect of my life. Ironically, this was the time I should've been studying The Word the most.
I talk about friends all the time, but I don't think I can say enough about what my friends and family mean to me. I don't know how I ever became lucky enough to have such wonderful people in my life. For all of those I am close to, THANK YOU and I LOVE YOU!