Friday, January 1, 2010

Week 52.5/End of 2009 mileage/Gratitude


So 365 days turns out to be a few days over 52 weeks. I wanted to send my year's tally for 2009 and well, I might as well do a gratitude list also.
Week 52.5:
Week's running totals: 19.25
2009 Running totals: 1821.94
Weight/core: 2 (I did them on my own and I pushed them hard. So hard, in fact, I couldn't even walk after Monday's 3-way lunges. yikes. This must mean they are doing something beneficial, yes?)

Gratitude:
- I was able to finish the year with some pretty high mileage and not endure any serious injuries. Oh, a knot, or 10, in my right calf and some glute pain from time to time but nothing that some stretching and massage therapy couldn't cure to get me right back on the running road.
- My friends: running, non-running, blogger and e-friends all alike.
- My daughter, Abbey, is making new friends in college. This is a major feat; high school wasn't the best social environment for her.
- My camera so I can document to you all my running, and non running, stuff :).
- My new Jack Daniels' Running Formula book, which has "proven programs" for the marathon! Yah!

Yesterday, as mentioned in last blog, was the annual New Year's Eve run/lunch with the Pickled Prostates group that I sometimes latch on to. I'd run with them more often, but they all run at lunchtime in downtown Denver and I don't work downtown Denver so only get the opportunity to run with them on occasion when I'm not working. Summer, when I am off work, tends to be a bit too hot to run at lunch for this girl. But we do a lot of summer weekend race prep runs sprinkled with some races and well, I just adore these guys. Picture above at top is of part of the group yesterday (many were not able to make it). I am in the front, kneeling, in blue jacket. It was a gorgeous, sunny day - a great day to toast to 2009 and all our accomplishments!

I'm not going to lie to ya, I am way lethargic today from one too many New Year's cocktails last night and have had one seriously lazy day. I did, however, manage to get in a 4.46 mile run in at an 8:46 avg pace, which I find amazing considering how miserable I feel. No more alcohol til Boston celebration! I just don't handle it well. Anyway, the first week of Boston running is going quite well. I made all my runs and I did all my weight training/core work. Monday, I did some leg work and it was probably today before I did not feel the effects of those. Seriously, ouch!!! I'm trying to get my glutes stronger to tackle the hills in Boston that I fought, and failed, last year so doing lots of hill training and glute development. I think it will be better once I do them regularly. If they hurt bad, they must be working some under-developed muscles, eh? On the docket is a 13-miler tomorrow but I'm going to see if I can do 14. If y'all notice, I have a calendar at the bottom of my blog; I will update it each week to let you know in advance my training for that week, if you want to follow along. It's going to get intense a few weeks, but I'm up for the challenge. One thing I want to do is start swimming at DU as part of a master's swim team so will add that after I figure out the logistics.

I'm hoping 2010 is going to be as incredible as 2009. One of my goals: 2010 miles. Seems fitting. I can't wait!!!

24 comments:

Jamoosh said...

Hmmm, no more booze until Boston. How do you plan to carbo load...

Good luck with your 2010 miles goal. May you be injury free and speedy to boot.

TMB said...

Good luck hitting 2010! Happy New Year!

onelittletrigirl said...

So many miles!!! Great job :)

MrsCJ said...

Awesome mileage! Congrats!

CJ

ShutUpandRun said...

Pickling prostates? I gotta get to know those guys. Good luck with training and alcohol abstention!

onebadrunner said...

You're a strong lady!

I too, am laying off the cocktails - a little bit of pineapple vodka goes a long way!

Happy New Year Jill!

chris mcpeake said...

good luck in the New Year

Teamarcia said...

OMG Pickled Prostates! Love it! I run with an all male group once in awhile now I'm thinking they need a more creative name!
Run well!

Julie said...

Jill,
I am also feeling a little blah after one or two many glasses of a very tasty adult beverage last night:) The running group looks like a blast!

Melissa said...

Great job on the miles even after cocktails the night before!!
Happy New Year!

Mikey B said...

I'll let you know how those beers taste. :)

Mikey B

Jennifer said...

Great year for you! Congrats on getting through it all without any major injuries! I look forward to reading yout blogs in 2010, they are very inspirational, Cheers!

Velma said...

Great goals. I start masters swimming on Tuesday - should be interesting. Here is to a great 2010!

Staci Dombroski said...

WOW, that is a lot of mile! Great goals :_)

Meg Runs said...

Yes, your group looks like so much fun! I'm happy to hear that you're only abstaining until "The Boston Celebration." As your official PP(party planner), I think we should make some "plugs" every few weeks or so, sound good? Also, I actually am taking ONE extra day off of work to stay for your birthday(actually, I just want to stay an extra day any way so--no pressure)and we're flying home on Wed. Yipee! Sounds like your Boston Training is off to a flying start, great job!! I'm not sure if I'm recovering or training...or recovering from training???!!
Hugs,
meg

shellyrm said...

I like your calendar. That's a great idea.

And 105 days seems like the blink of an eye and Boston will be here for you. I can not imagine running as race with so many people. I've BQ a few times but never wanted to do it. I am amazed at those who do. I would feel squished with all those runners.

Did you get your 14 in? Hubbs is home and limiting my mileage. Grrr. Sometimes he is less than supportive. I only got 7 today and wanted 10.

Tara said...

No more booze til Boston? Geesh....that's a tough call! :)

Nice job on the running even when you weren't feeling up to par. I was in bed by 10:00 on New Years, so not too much booze for me. I did manage a glass of wine.

I got your comment on my blog. PLEASE do the Cherry Creek Tri! That would be soooo much fun! Where do you swim? I am scared to death of the swim!!!

Ulyana said...

WOO HOO! Happy New Year! I enjoyed reading you 2009 recap too :)

C2Iowa said...

Good luck with your goals.

Jack Daniels Running Formula Book? Interesting.

Jesse said...

Awesome mileage for the year! Sounds like 2010 miles this year is a very manageable goal for you.

Heather said...

Great goals for 2010!

Katie A. said...

Hmmm, I hate to say it, but I am with Jamoosh! No booze till Boston? Argh, the agony! I can't get through Marathon training or tax season with out a cocktail! LOL!
You had a great week! And year!!! I love your training callendar, what a cool way to follow you. I start next Monday with my training - I wish we could run togheter! Have a great week girly, and Happy New Year!!! (((huggs)))

Glenn Jones said...

That 2010 in 2010 is just so tempting....

And I love the name of the group. "Pickled Prostrates". Hey! I resemble that!

Best of luck on 2010. The fact you made all those miles in 2009 without injury means you're doing something right!

Mel-2nd Chances said...

What a great 2009 recap, all the best in 2010!! :)