Saturday, January 01, 2011

2010 in Review

Ah, what a year! I don't know where to start, except to say that yesterday I ran my 2010th mile for 2010 (3235 KM). I decided to have some fun with my route:



*That wraps up December with 207.74 miles (334.33 KM) - my third highest month this year, and I'm not even officially training!

Those 2010 miles have created quite a journey. I learned and grew a great deal as a runner this year, with plenty of support and guidance from hubs, my various unofficial coaches, my training group and of course the blogging community. It just wouldn't mean the same if I couldn't share it with all of you.

I completed a total of 20 races this year (Boxing Day 10-Miler recap is finally up) including 4 marathons and 5 half marathons. In the process, I ran some pretty significant PR's:  3:58:56 marathon (2009 PR 4:26:02); 2:42:34 30K (2009 PR 3:05:03); 1:44:48 half marathon (2009 PR 1:52:29).

I also managed to run a ton of fun races just for fun, from the Goofy Challenge to the Toronto City Chase (x2) to Seattle RnR with Tall Mom.

I had a couple of "character-building" races as well, most notably the Toronto Marathon in October. After giving myself some time to grieve, I accepted it for a learning experience and adopted my new favourite running mantra (from Running Lam via Aron)

"I am just waiting for the perfect race
 to let my secret out."

Bring on 2011!



Stats:

Total distance: 2010.0 miles (3234.78 KM)

# Runs: 281

Total time: 311 hours and 5 minutes

Calories burned: 241,500









































Happy New Year!


HBBC Ongoing Tally Dec. 25-31:
Dec. 25 - run (5.4)
Dec. 26 - run (12)
Dec. 27 - run (7.6), cross-training class (4) = 11.6
Dec. 28 - run (9.9)
Dec. 29 - run (12.4)
Dec. 30 - run (6.2)
Dec. 31 - run (2.7)
=60.2

52 comments:

Road Warrior said...

Happy New Year to you, too, Marlene. What an incredibly inspiring year! Congratulations!

abbi said...

I love your route! What an awesome year!

Detroit Runner said...

Wow - great miles. I won't even do that much during my marathon training.

the dawn said...

i can't believe how many miles you ran without even training!!! that's so amazing!

love all the pictures :)

Kim (Book Worm Runs) said...

Wow! What an amazing year you have had!! 2010 miles and 20 races?? Amazing. I can't wait to see what you do in 2010! Happy New Year! :)

Lesley @ racingitoff.com said...

Love the photos, and amazing mile. Congrats on a great 2010!

Lisa said...

very creating spelling out 2010 with your last run of the year!

J said...

Happy New Year Marlene! Congrats on reaching 2010miles for 2010! That is such a great accomplishment! My favorite picture is still the one of you in the Christmas lights! Such a great idea!

Kim said...

2010 - wow!!! I had to struggle for 700!! Great job and happy new year!

Melissa said...

Happy New Year! Love the route and congrats on the amazing mileage!

Forward Foot Strides said...

Happy New Year! What a great year you had, and your photos always bring a smile to my face too.

Carly said...

Wow, 2010 miles! That is so impressive! I love your photo recap too.
You had an awesome year.

Char said...

Happy New Year. I hope the end of 2011 finds you with the same passion for your sport as the beginning. You've had an awesome year and there's lots more to come.

Jason said...

I just love that you don't just run. You live during your runs. You smile during your runs. You have fun during your runs.

It all shows in the pics.

Great year and looking forward to more miles and pictures next year.

Jogging with Fiction said...

those pictures definitely say you know how to have fun with running. Impressive stats!

Anne said...

You are amazing! Happy New Year Marlene! :)

Boris Terzic said...

Happy new year! Looks like a very fun filled and interesting year for you.

H Love said...

Awesome year!!! You rock!

Pretend this is real said...

What a great year... Love the pictures!

Pretend this is real said...

What a great year... Love the pictures!

Sam's Minions (aka parents- Angie and Brian) said...

Happy New Year!! You ar emy hero. I'm just hoping to do 80 miles this month.

Have a great 2011.

mylittlebiglife said...

Congrats on 2010 in 2010! What an accomplishment!

Anabela (Bela) Neves said...

WOW what a great 2010 and alot of races! Happy New Year and all the best for 2011!

ayshamartin said...

Congrats on reaching 2010 miles ... WOW!

I am starting to train for my first full marathon (ran 5 halfs) this year and I'm so happy that I found your blog. It is inspiring and motivating all in one!

Jess said...

You had an amazing year!

fancy nancy said...

Amazing mileage!!! What a great year you had!!

EndorphinBuzz said...

Awesome mileage for the year and what a way to mark it by running the numbers !!!

Happy new year Marlene. I wish you lots of new exciting running adventures in 2011!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

You forgot the 'running leg' of the triathlon! Incredible year, Marlene.. maybe a full tri this year?!?! hahaha. Ok, I had to try, one more time at least ;) Love the pics.

TNTcoach Ken said...

I'll just call you Marlene Gump! Now what will 2011 bring?????

Mark said...

Marlene....what can I say? You are really amazing and fun! Way to go with the 2010 miles!!!!
I hope 2011 is the best year yet for you!

Amanda - RunToTheFinish said...

it's been a blast to watch your training this year and to meet you in person. I know 2011 will bring more amazing races for you!

ajh said...

You ran a lot of races. Last year I hit 21 and was on track to run a lot this year. We'll see what 2011 brings. I loved hearing about all your races and exploits and look forward to reading more. I love reading about another northern runner who gets out there in the cold and snow! It's not like there is a lot of choice!

Jill said...

2010 was an awesome year for you, Marlene and I LOVED looking at all your pictures in review of all your amazing achievements. My heart broke for you with your less-than stellar marathon but so glad with the attitude you have taken and yep, it is just waiting to come out for the right race!!!

Many MANY happy and healthy miles in 2011 to you! Cannot WAIT to see all the incredible things you will do!!
HUGS!

lindsay said...

dang maurlene! where do you hide these 50mile weeks? i am jealousss :) congrats on an awesome '10!

hi to maurk too, of course.

2 Slow 4 Boston said...

Excellent mileage. I know what it takes to run over 2k miles in a year, 2010 was the first year I managed it. It takes dedication and time. Good luck in 2011.

Richelle said...

I've enjoyed reading your blog for the past year and am so glad you achieved so many goals. Here's to a great 2011 for you!

Emz said...

You
Rock
Your
Photos

Rock.
I loved this post.
Love all the smiles.

Awesome.

Amy said...

Wow, Marlene! You've had such a great year and have the PRs (and photos) to show for it! I'm not sure how you're going to top this in 2011, but I'm sure you'll find a way!

Happy New Year!

Aron said...

Such a great and FUN year!!! Can't wait to see what you do in 2011 :)

And holy crap on December - nice job girl!

Denise said...

what a great year!! it was so fun to watch you accomplish so much and see you smiling the entire time!! all your PRs were so inspiring and i know 2011 is going to be a fabulous year for you.

happy new year!

Gotta Run..Gotta Ride said...

I never for one minute thought you would not reach your 2010 mile goal. WAY TO NAIL IT!!!!

I Run for Fun said...

Happy New Year, Marlene! Very very impressive year. You work hard and you are one amazing person. You will have a wonderful year.

Runners Fuel said...

Congrats on 2010!! Such a great year for you! Love all the pics!!

ShirleyPerly said...

2010 miles in 2010? That is freaking AMAZING!!

And congrats to you on your HUGE PRs this year. Every race may not have gone as well as you wanted but I think a lot of folks would kill to have succeeded as well as you did on the ones that did go your way. Best wishes to you in 2011 and love all the running photos!

Jamie said...

What a year girlie! Congrats on everything!!! Love that final route and that you managed 2010 miles in 2010 - FANTASTIC!

Wifey said...

Congrats on such a FANTASTIC year! I've enjoyed following your journey and look forward to 2011.

Happy New Year!

Winks & Smiles,
Wifey

the dawn said...

i love my package!!! those protein bites look amazing :) and biofreeze is my favorite. the card is adorable. thank you so much!

The Happy Runner said...

What a year, Marlene! Love your pics, as always. You really have the best pics going.

Happy new year! Hope 2011 is a great one for you!

destination262 said...

I love all the pictures in this post! So great to look back and reflect on the races of the year - as we probabaly learned something from each one of them. So proud of your accomplishments of the year! And great job on your year mileage!!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

I love that you ran 2010 in 2010!! you are my hero!! I doubt I will ever make 2,000 miles..my knees are already trashed from too many years of basketball..

HUGS TO AMAZING photos and the friends you make along the way.. I will cherish 2010 because I met you.. I know that our paths will cross again soon..

Maybe New York some day?? Hmmmm??

Teamarcia said...

What a year you had. Bursting with great things! And many more great adventures ahead. Happy New Year!

RunKathyRun said...

Wow, 2010 was amazing for you; I can't wait to see what 2011 brings.