I’ve been looking back at post from the beginning of 2010. I was in the same place I had been many years before. Wanting to run faster, wanting to weigh less, wanting…wanting. I made promises to myself on Moloaa beach in Kauai and gave away my television in hopes that it would motivate me finally to reach my goals.
So what did I accomplish? Let’s take a look shall we?
Weight Loss –
I’m currently 8lbs away from reaching my original goal of losing 100lbs I set for myself back in December of 2003. Yes, it’s taken me THIS long to get THIS close. Of course, over this year I moved the goal as I realized that 100lbs, while an impressive and clean number, wasn’t the right number for me. As I’ve emerged with a new body I’ve learned that I have a petite frame. A petite frame that should actually be 120lbs lighter than my starting weight.
Running Faster –
How close am I on this one? Well it depends on the day. Again, keeping my numbers all nice and tidy I’d set myself a goal of running consistent 10 minute miles over a ½ marathon course. For most runners moving the needle on the speed you run is as hard as adding muscle to a weight lifter. It’s hard. I knew that at the beginning of the year but tossed my head in disdain at the unachievable. I was going to finally lose the weight and just by being lighter I’d run faster. Or at least I hoped and prayed I would. Luckily for me I was right. I’m down some 60lbs since the beginning of the year. It’s dramatically impacted my speed and I’ve gone from an average 12:30/mile to 10:15 – 10:20/mile. Yes, that’s close to 15 seconds away from my speed goal. If my math is right, I can see the sub 10 minute mile in my future.
Running further –
This wasn’t really a goal. I just knew I’d need to run a LOT this year to meet all my personal goals. Other than a couple of times when I pressed the buttons wrong on the watch, I’ve worn my Garmin GPS watch on every single run this year. According to the little tracky thing, I’ve run just shy of a whopping 800 miles this year. Holy crap! That’s like running from X to X. Now that I’ve measured it I’m going to have to make a goal for 2011.
Did I get to the finish line in 2010? Well no, not really. I did, however get a LOT closer than I’ve ever been in years past. I also feel, for probably the first time in my memory, positive about my accomplishments in 2010. While I didn’t reach the finish line this year I can clearly see it just over the hill in the distance. I don’t hear the voice in my head saying “OK. Here we go again…” This year I hear “Almost there!”
So what do I have planned for 2011? Well I’m already jotting down ideas I’ll be sharing with you soon. I absolutely expect to get to the finish line on the goals I didn’t finish this year. But knowing me, I’ll have added a new one before 2011 is out. But it’s not finishing the race that’s important is it? It’s about the journey.