- ran 12 races...wait, I should amend that to say I went from never having run a race in my life to I RAN 12 RACES in 2010!
- ended the year with maintaining my weight loss, but actually going down in clothing sizes (thank you, running)
- quit my job, finally - and welcomed Saturdays back into my life
- got to visit my best friend in California AND run a race with her
- reconnected with my childhood best friend (hi Matt!) and my pen pal (hi Linda!)
- got to go back to Maui where we celebrated my parent's 50th wedding anniversary
- trained for and actually RAN a half marathon :)
So 2011. What are my plans and goals? Where is my focus?
New mantra: write first, write often. I often wake up with good ideas to blog/write about, but tend to get lost in blogland and my emails once I sit down at the computer in the morning. I will make a concentrated effort to write first - just for 30 minutes to start - before I delve into my reading, commenting and responding to emails.
Step up my running - not only will I get back to my weekly schedule of running (usually Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, along with my long run on Saturday), but I will (I will, I will, I WILL!) keep up with my long runs once the half marathon racing season is over - I'd hate to lose the base that I've built up.
Also, I want to plan more destination runs - anything from weekend getaways (I have Austin and possibly Dallas coming up) to places a bit further - I'll be in California for the Big Sur marathon, where Barbara, Matt and I will run/walk/climb the hills of Highway One for 10.6 miles, in celebration of Barbara's 50th birthday - woo hoo, fun times! Jeff and I really enjoyed our weekend in Galveston for the Seawall half marathon and would like to do more running vacations. Depending on finances, we are considering heading out to Oregon for the Columbia Gorge (half) marathon in October, and maybe even hit Florida for a visit with my uncle - I'm sure there's plenty of races in his area to choose from.
I know, isn't running considered "fitness"? Well, not exactly - I can tell that a few things have changed since I stopped doing my group workouts. Namely, my guns are not as strong as they used to be...hmmm, could that be because I usually forget to do any push ups? Or bicep curls? I'm going to make a set list of upper body workouts and actually schedule it into my training...because trying to remember to do it hasn't worked very well for me. Also, because I'm more of a distance runner than a speed racer, my cardio isn't as good as it should be. So I'm thinking jump rope. I don't have a gym membership which means no machines to get my cardio on, but hey - jump rope gets my heart racing like crazy, and I just happen to own one. So that will go on the set list as well.
First plan of order is to not gain any. I know that may seem obvious, but really, I need to keep in in the forefront of my mind, forever and always. Just because I managed to maintain my 100 pound weight loss for a year does not mean I'm safe, ever, from regaining it.
Second plan of order is to lose a few pounds - how many, I don't know, because it's not like I've stepped on the scale in a while. I'm not looking for a particular number to weigh or to lose, but I think if I DID lose some weight, running might be a little easier and who knows, I might just pick up my pace a tiny bit. This entire thought is just the *tiniest* bit ironic considering that I'm thinking of entering a race in April that rewards you with all the ice cream you can eat. Always a challenge being me, what can I say?
I'm sure I'll come up with changes and revisions as the year progresses, but I'm really excited to see what unfolds for me in 2011. After the last year, I feel like the possibilities are endless!