Thought for the Day

Thursday, March 6, 2008

2007 Summary/2008 Plans

*** Goals I posted for 2007 were:

* General goals:

1. Have fun
Done.

2. Become a sub-20 5K runner
Not even close. I ran very few 5K races (four!) and didn't do well in any of them.

3. Run a marathon in a state I haven't yet
Done. Massachusetts.

4. Score in 10 of the ARR Grand Prix races
Failed, and the winner in my age group only ran 7 of the Grand Prix races. It's possible I could have won just by running more races.

5. Have more encounters with Roads Scholars
Failed.

*** Specific Events I had planned for 2007 (ran them all):

Rock 'N' Roll Arizona Marathon as a pace group leader.

Three marathons/ultras in three weeks in February:
Desert Classic Marathon 2/4/07
Pemberton Trail 50K 2/10/07
Lost Dutchman Marathon 2/18/07
Gold level Marathon Maniac status.

Relay Del Sol, 12 person, 187 mile relay through the desert around Phoenix and the Valley of the Sun.

Relay for Life, overnight fund-raising event for the American Cancer Society.

Boston Marathon

Big Sur Marathon Relay

Another Grand Canyon Double Cross

*** Achievements in 2007:

Ran one marathon relay and one multi-day 187 mile relay.
5 5Ks.
1 10K.
1 15K.
1 10 mile race.
2 half marathons
7 marathons.
2 50K ultra marathons.

Qualified for Boston, with no excuses.

Set a marathon PR.

Ran two of my three fastest and three of my seven fastest marathons so far.

Set two 50K PRs.

Ran my 40th lifetime marathon.

Raised over $1000 for the American Diabetes Association.

Ran only 21 races in 2007, after running over 30 in each of the previous 3 years:
2007: 20
2006: 34
2005: 32
2004: 39
2003: 16
2002: 29
2001:  8
2000:  8
1999: 11
1998:  4
1997:  1

Ran more race mileage than I have in any previous year:
2007: 320 +
2006: 290 +
2005: 275 +
2004: 315 +
2003: 130 +
2002: 265 +
2001: 115 +
2000: 145 +
1999: 160 +
1998:  64.8
1997:   3.1

*** Goals for 2008:

1. Have fun.

2. Become a sub-20 5K runner.

3. Run a marathon in a state I haven't yet.

4. Score in 10 of the ARR Grand Prix races.

5. Have more encounters with Roads Scholars.

6. Log over 2000 miles.
http://yes.diabeticrunner.com/

7. Run a 50 mile ultra.

8. Run a double, two marathons in two days, becoming an Iridium level, 4 star marathon maniac.
http://www.marathonmaniacs.com/

9. Set a new marathon PR.

*** Events already run 2008:

1/13/08 Rock 'N' Roll AZ Marathon as a pace group leader for a 4:15 marathon

1/20/08 Carlsbad Marathon

2/9/08 Sedona Marathon

2/29-3/01/08 Relay Del Sol 182 mile 12 runner relay


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