Thursday, January 1, 2009

2008 wrap-up, 2009 goals

Running-wise, Wil and I had a lot of ups and downs in 2008. I had a few minor injuries, including a couple of bouts of tendonitis, some seriously skinned knees, and a strained patella and rotator cuff from a bike crash. Luckily, nothing was too serious to keep me out for more than a week or so at a time.

I ran 588 miles this year -- far enough to get me from Seattle to Lake Shasta in California. Some months were better than others. I spent part of June recovering from tendonitis, but also pleasantly distracted by Wil's folks' visit. I only managed to log 30 miles -- one fewer than in February! But October and November were fantastic -- lots of miles and felt good for most of them. December? Well, in December I got sick and we had crazy crazy snow. Still, 44.77 miles is nothing to sneeze at! Of course, it reflects that fact that we missed most of our super long runs...

The Walt Disney World marathon is only 10 days away, which feels really soon! But I'm looking forward to it. The excitement of a very big race expo, laying out our race gear, trying to sleep, getting up at 3:00, getting on a bus at 4:00, meeting the Disney Running gang in the "Arrrr" Tent before the race, heading off to the corrals, and then waiting.....

I feel like I've memorized the course from reading race reports and staring at the course map. The "out-and-back" on Osceola Parkway, which I once fretted about as being the most boring part, I've learned to rethink as the "part where you get to see other runners and cheer them on". Also the "death march through Epcot" at mile 25 is now the "victory lap through Epcot". Well, at least that's what I'm telling myself now.

So. Goals for 2009... finish the WDW Marathon. Take time to let ourselves recover -- most likely by not doing anything more strenuous than walking around the parks for a week after the race! Register for the 2010 Goofy a.s.a.p. Rehab my shoulder so that I can swim again. Get back on my bike and start riding at least to downtown in March. Cut back to a nice, steady 5 miles 3x/week running schedule for the rest of the winter... but get ready to ramp up again in Spring.

It's going to be a great year... and a great new decade. Welcome to my 40s!

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