On this last day of 2010, it seems appropriate that I get a jump on the new year. While I am not a big fan of resolutions, it seems like a good time to start blogging. I have been kicking around the idea of blogging for a couple of months, with most of the consideration occurring while I was out running with the dogs. So, why not make running the focus of this new adventure? I am sure that the people I interact with on a daily basis will be appreciative of an outlet where I can discuss my running, my dogs, and anything else that is occupying my thoughts as to spare them having to listen to me talk about it. Of course, I offer no guarantees. Perhaps now they will have to listen to me blather on about blogging. Who knows?
I entered my last run of 2010 into my training log today. 5.2 miles in twenty degree temps brought my total for the year to 2159.3 miles. It was a good year of running: my highest mileage ever and my first sub-3 hour marathon (Chicago 10-10-10) are the highlights. Of course, I plan on using this blog as a forum as I pursue some goals for 2011.
The first two goals for the new year are running well in the Canyonlands Half Marathon (3/19/11) and the Boston Marathon (4/18/11). I aspire to set personal records in both events. Of course, all I can do is prepare and hope for the best. So prepare I will. I am currently finishing up the third week of Pete Pfitzinger's 18/70 (18 weeks/ 70 mile week maximum) plan. It is my second time using this training plan; the first of which garnered a 10:30 improvement of my marathon time. Pfitz has planned the work, now I will work the plan.
After Boston, I will set my sights on the lofty goal of the Pike's Peak Ascent. I have never run this event, but it is on my wish list, and, if all goes well, I will accomplish that goal this year. I am sure that there will be other races, but the A-list is relatively short at this point.
Of course, I don't want this blog to be a glorified version of a training log. I am hoping to create some interesting narratives regarding running, dadding, husbanding, cubscouting, and anything else that rattles around in my head as I am banging out the miles.
Happy new year!