Ok, so I haven't posted here in awhile.
Since about June something, if the record can be trusted. Just before the big 10k up in Kingwood.
Well, that run didn't go so well. I missed my target time by more than 10 minutes. I don't think the mile markers were placed very well. I couldn't maintain pace and overheated on more than one occasion. It was an awful run. Awful.
After that I opted to run a few more timed runs, but then I took off the watch and ran without a clock. It was very liberating to do that. I ran a lot without a clock, just free as the wind.
Then September rolled around and my lovely wife enrolled in school.
Then October came and scheduling became a challenge. I offered to my lovely wife that I'd shut down running for a month to get our schedules back in sync.
Then, in November, it was a little bit tough to get the engine to rev back up again. The Turkey Trot came on thanksgiving day. I ran the 10k variety in just over 1:15. Not a spectacular time. Not really even a good time, by my own standards. Nearly 20 minutes behind my time last year and 5 minutes off my time from the Kingwood 10k.
That's when I decided to switch from the marathon to the half marathon at the end of January--officially.
So, then came December and I logged exactly zero miles for THAT month.
Nonetheless, for the full 2010 year I logged almost 20 more miles than the year before--213.
Not a spectacular tally. I know people who run that much in a month. And most "runners" I know run that much in 3 months, if they don't do so in 2.
For me, that's a high water mark. A mark I'm almost certain to top in 2011.
On the 3rd I logged my first 5k. No time, but the distance was there. I think I'm going to shoot for at least a 5k each month of the year along with at least a 10k. Neither of those goals should be particularly hard to accomplish, considering my typical run is at least 3 miles. I can work in a 6 mile run at least once a month. The question is not whether or not I CAN do it, the question is whether or not I WILL do it. There's a discipline thing in there where it doesn't look terribly hard to set aside a couple of hours each month to run two measly runs during the month. But, the fact of the matter is that I don't like running that much, and I don't like running only slightly less than I don't like the extra weight that I carry around when I don't run. So, choosing the lesser of two dislikes is the challenge, because I like to not run a whole lot.
The greater challenge will be to once again try and work in a single half marathon each month of the year. In 2010 I managed to squeeze out 2 half marathons. For 2011, I think I'll shoot for a modest improvement of merely 3 half marathons for the year (but I'm still going to have an eye toward 12).
Cheers to you, and happy new year.