Thursday, December 20, 2007

Glancing through the Year!

Taking a lead from others, I thought it'd be fun to do a look back through this year, since so much has happened! It's hard to believe that last year encompassed so much :) Of course, since I'm camera happy, this glance back will occur with pictures!
After ringing in the new year with my sister and parents...

In January:

I ran my second marathon ever, and broke 5 hours! (4:56?)

In February: I ran my first trail race (Woodside 17k)

In March:
I ran my longest on trails, 30k (At Pirates Cove) and decided I could do a 50k that summer

I started this blog :D
In April:
(I started carrying a camera on runs, and) I ran the Mount Diablo trail run, my hardest race to date, in 9 hours and 10 minutes

In May: I ran on Mt Tam for the first time with Mike Palmer,

I graduated (with honors thanks to my lovely thesis on The Secret Garden and Wuthering Heights) from UC Berkeley after an amazing four years,

moved out of Berkeley, and back to the OC until Santa Cruz started,

I ran with OCTR for the first time and did my first run at altitude up to the top of Mt Baldy

In June:

I ran my third road marathon, a 4:23 marathon at San Diego RNR

I did the most grueling non-race of my life when we ran out of water in 90+ temps on Saddleback Mountain

In July:

I moved to Santa Cruz, my home for (at least) the next year,

I ran my first 50k at Tahoe Rim Trail, in 9:05,

I started my graduate program at UCSC

In August:

I did my first back to back long runs, with an 18 miler followed by a 20 miler (but also broke my camera :( )

I did my second 50k, the PC planned by Mike Palmer in 7:46 in the Berkeley Hills (and wrote an article about it that got published!) and carried no camera! I was a lot faster :)

I started student teaching in a first grade class (on campus above when I showed my parents around my school)

In September:

I did my third 50k at Big Basin in 7:41 an had an amazing time,

I turned 22!

I followed that up by running the Mount Diabo Marathon the following weekend, which kicked my butt, but gave me awesome mental prep, and constituted the hardest back to back weekends I've ever done.

(I also met Ed :) )

In October:

I ran my first 50 miler at Dick Collins in 11:46 and had the most amazing time on earth!

I hurt my calf enough from the race to take a rest from serious running :(

In November:

I ran the Turkey Trot 10k and 5k back to back and had a wonderful time, but didn't do too much running besides that

In December:

I ended my first student teaching placement and just about broke my heart leaving those kids

I met my new cooperating teacher and saw my new school and new class of fourth graders

I made it through 2/5 of my Graduate Program

I finally sucked it up and saw a doctor and am going to start physical therapy so that I can meet all my goals for the next year :D

So that's that!

The grand total:

Number of Total Marathons: 3 (2 road and one trail, officially)

Number of 50ks: 3

Number of 50 milers: 1

Number of sub marathon races: 6 (17k, 20k, 30k, 1/2 marathon, 10k, and 5k)

Mileage clocked: 1434 so far :) not going to break 1500, but that's okay. I'm already almost 400 miles beyond what I did last year, so I'm happy with that!

I'm still planning on getting some running in this last week of the year, but I'm already excited about what's next!

Thanks for looking back with me :D


Dave - Atlanta Trails said...

Great look back!

What a year it's been for you!

JohnF said...

Pretty amazing year, especially considering it included 1st trail run and only 2nd marathon.

Dave said...

You've come a long way in both your running life and your regular life. And the best part is, there's still a LONG way to go!

Sarah said...

Wow...some many milestones this year! But I think you have many more amazing years to come! : )

If you know your cool running password, you can still access your old log by following the instructions in this thread:


Addy said...

thanks guys :)

Sarah, I love you!!!!!!!!! I am so relieved and thrilled. I got my miles back, and they are now firmly saved on my computer (and the totals put in cyberland) so that I can't lose them again. You are a lifesaver!!!!!

Donald said...

Wow - you've had an impressive year! Very nice improvements across the board.

Get healthy and keep rolling into 2008.

rick said...

Wow what a great year, love the pictures. It's amazing to think that you only did your first trail race this year with a 17k. Graduation, a new boy to boot, you got a lot done. Bravo. Looking forward to running with you again in 08. Wasn't it fun looking back? You get to relive some of those races again.

Sunshine said...

Thanks for taking us back with you.
Great memories, great year, interesting descriptions and pictures.

Josh said...

Cool review! But what was even cooler was for all of us to get a chance to follow along with all your achievements as they happend through your awesome blog! Good luck in 2008!

Backofpack said...

Awesome review and awsome year! Loved all the pictures.

Abbie said...

sooo cool to look back, and i'm glad that i could cheer you on in san diego and be part of your octr experience :) i hope the pt works for you and you're back on the trails soon! are you "allowed" to run while in pt?

Who is SLB+? said...

WOW What a great year! Looking forward to following you in 2008.

Greg said...

Miss ya. Congrats on a great year!

Gretchen said...

Wow Addy, that is truly inspirational! I love your enthusiasm, you remind me to keep trying new things, and enjoy them! Good luck with the PT, that is the smart move. I know you will have a great year in '08 too. I can't wait to hear about it!