2009: T'was A Good Year

Although there are still technically three solid days until the end of 2009, everyone in Blogville is doing their "Year In Review" posts right now, so who am I to go against the grain (I do that enough in real life)?  Not to mention, I'm very introspective today, and I can't stop thinking about the exciting year that is in store for 2010! I also think it's very important to reflect on the past in order to get a baseline for how you want the future to be.

That said, I plan to eat many cupcakes from Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World this coming year.  Because they were yummy.


Although I am still in utter disbelief over it, I ran 697 miles during 2009, and biked an additional 114 miles.  This is very surprising to me, considering that up until the age of about 26, I spent so much of my life on the couch.  Although I've been pretty active and healthy for the past 6 years, I still can't believe that I've come as far as I have.

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In 2010, I plan to run and bike a total of 1,000 miles.  I'll be doing at least one triathlon next summer, so there will likely be more biking during 2010 than there was in 2009.

Although I am proud of all of the "firsts" that I accomplished in 2009 (first 1/2 marathon, first 10k, first 15k, first marathon, most miles ever ran), I am kind of disappointed that I only worked out a little over 1/2 of the time in 2009.  In 2010, I'd like to work out at least 75% of the year, or about 275 days.


I will be doing more of this in 2010.  I love the TRX, and I also love working out at home.  In addition, I need cross-training and strength training in my life in order to avoid injury.  These are things that I need to keep in the front of my mind at all times while I'm training.

Not to mention, I'd like to see those arms get a little more cut in 2010.


And, I'll basically do anything to watch this man work out...even if it means sweating right along with him.

Who am I kidding...ESPECIALLY if it means sweating right along with him.

I will do as many races during 2010 as the budget will allow.


Even if it means that my face turns as red as a beet.


And I have to get out of bed ridiculously early.


Because meeting your friends at the start line makes you forget how early it is anyway.

us pre race

I will run more races with my sister.  She makes weird faces in pictures, but it's fun to train "together".  First marathons should be done with someone important, even if that someone important finishes TWO hours ahead of you.


And, even if marathons leave scars and give me cold sores, I'm not throwing in the towel just yet.  Although I told you I was never going to run another one, I'll do another marathon in 2010.

The scars (both mental and physical) are a permanent reminder of the challenge that I faced, the injuries that I worked through, and the goal that I accomplished.

In 2010, I will continue eating a healthy, balanced diet.

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That balanced diet will probably not include kabocha.


It will, however, include more massive quantities of tofu with buttered noodles.

super finished


And, because 2009 brought me a wonderful engagement in the parking lot of the gym...


2010 will bring a beautiful wedding.


And, races.

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Did I mention races?

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Happy (early) New Year, guys.  Thanks for sticking with me through the craziness this past year.  Love ya's!

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