Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008

January: Followed a training schedule for the first time with the Running Room half marathon clinic and met many new friends.

February: Decided that I might want to run a marathon.

March: Set a PR by almost 12 minutes at the Chilly Half (2:01:00). Suffered an IT band injury, which laid me up for almost three weeks.



April: Finally started running again, but I realized I would not be prepared for a May marathon. Decided I would run the Toronto Waterfront Marathon in September instead. Had a wonderful experience volunteering at the local Hartwell Half Marathon.

May: Ran the Sporting Life 10K and surprised myself with a time of 49:10 (net downhill). Took a ball to the ankle straight off the bat at a softball game and hobbled around on crutches for a week.

June: Got dirty at my first trail race, the Mud Run 10K. Competed in the Toronto City Chase, an urban adventure race taking us all over Toronto on foot completing crazy challenges along the way. Vowed to participate in each of these races again next year. Began building mileage in my marathon training.





July: Ran my first 5K in 23:37 at a small community event and placed 1/15 for my age group. Continued building mileage and celebrated my longest run ever, knowing this would be a continual occurrence for the remainder of the summer.



August: Ran my first 30K (training) run, followed by a 35K two weeks later. 222KM for the month (this still stands as my highest month ever) and the countdown was on for my first marathon.

September: Hit the wall hard during my third and final 30K+ run. Taper madness set in. I used the downtime to reflect on how far I had come.And finally, on September 28, 2008, I became a marathoner.



October: Recovered. Got a tattoo to commemorate my accomplishment. Ran the Toronto Zoo 10K for fun with a bunch of friends - pleased with 50:59 for the challenging course. Spectated at the Toronto Marathon to witness my hubby's 1:40 half marathon and my girlfriend's Boston qualification.

November: Ran my third half marathon and my first <2:00 at the Hamilton Road2Hope. Decided to take up cross-training.



December: Began training for my next marathon. Celebrated losing 30 lbs this year. Realized that I could achieve 1000 miles for the year. As of this morning, I have reached that goal, with 1003 miles or 1614 kilometres logged in 2008.


Happy New Year!

22 comments:

Marci said...

You have had an awesome year Marlene!! Happy New Year, may 2009 be just as successful!

Lisa Slow-n-Steady said...

You have had a great year. Congrats also on achieving >1000 miles.

What's in store for 2009? I can't wait to find out!!

J said...

Congratulations on reaching 1000 miles for the year! That is such a great accomplishment!! I love how you reviewed 2008! Very nice!

You had such a great year, 2009 will surely be even better! Happy New Year!

aron said...

such an awesome year!!!! congrats and happy new year!!!

Jess said...

That mud run looks like it was a lot of fun! You've had a great year and congrats on meeting your 1000 mile goal!

The Happy Runner said...

What a great year -- and great pics! I hope 2009 is just as good for you.

Melanie said...

Great post, great year! It's been amazing getting to know you, and I am excited to see what you do in '09! Congrats on all your achievements, weight-loss and all! You're awesome! :)

Blyfinn said...

GREAT way to post your year review! Love it.

Sonia said...

Definitely a kick ass year!! Congrats on the marathon and multiple halfs. Losing weight and being super fit! I'm sure 2009 reserves more great accomplishments.

yumke said...

1003 miles! congrats. Great year..

Heather said...

What an amazing year! Hope you have a great New Years - 2009 will hold many more exciting things for you, I am sure.

BeachRunner said...

Great recap of an awesome year. I wish you all the best in 2009. Happy New Year.

RunningLaur said...

Both 30 pounds AND 1000 miles? That's quite a year! Congrats!

Marky Mark said...

Very well done and Happy New Year!

Road Warrior said...

What an unbelievable year! I'm so excited that I got to catch up with you this year!

You have done more on one year than most people do in 10. Be proud of what you've accomplished.

Congrats on the huge goal of 1,000 miles!

anners said...

I really enjoyed reading this. Congratulations on a fabulous year, even with the challenges/injuries that you had to face!

Happy new year!

lindsay said...

what didn't you do this year? :) congrats on a great '08, and i'm looking forward to following your successes in '09!

Nikemom said...

WOW! Looking forward to following your 2009 year. :D

Brian said...

That's a friggin awesome Chronicaling of your year! Awesome job and raise a glass to 2009!!

Laurel said...

Wow! What a great year you have had!

Those are some seriously impressive times. Impressive mileage too. You should be so proud of everything this year!

There is a similar "city race" here in Philly. My husband and I saw people doing it last year in the city when we were looking for a place to live. We may have to check that out.

Runner Leana said...

Wow, you had an amazing 2008! Congratulations! You have set some serious speedy PRs. Can't wait to see what happens for you this year!

joyRuN said...

Congrats on 1003 miles, & everything that led up to it!