Here's a post that will interest no one, but will put me "on the record" for 2011.
Though I have the day off work today, and I stayed up way too late last night watching Washington exact revenge on Nebraska in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, I answered the 5 a.m. alarm to participate in our small running group's final jaunt of 2010.
Some 4½ miles later, I closed the book on my running for the year with 938 miles. I've had better years, but those a becoming a distant memory. That mileage total was my highest in at least four years. (640.2 miles in 2009, 759 miles in 2008 and 742 in 2007.)
I lost several days due to back soreness or injury (including my first-ever hamstring pull), but, as a mid-50-something, I need to expect aches and pains to go with the activity. I also noted that I took off both weekend days way too often.
Another mark on the positive side is that in mid-2010 I started a modest weight-training routine, thanks to the encouragement of my older daughter. I logged 49 visits.
My running log also noted other events:
- A squirrel grazed my foot while scrambling down a tree (the squirrel, not me) (May 28)
- I tripped when a wire on my Yak Trax shoe covering caught the cuff of my sweat pants. Shoulder pain. Twisted an ankle on the same run (Feb. 8)
- Longest run: 8 miles -- above elevation of 10,000 feet, no less. (Aug. 1).
- Shortest run: 1.5 miles, when my hamstring pull flared again (June 16)
- Coldest weather for a run (not including wind chill): Minus-8 (Jan. 2)
- Hottest run: 80 (afternoon of June 27 -- what was I thinking?!)
- Days of running -- 229 (60%)
- Miles covered -- 938
- Average distance per run -- 4.1 miles
- Weight workouts -- 49 (since June 30)
- Days of running -- 273 (75%)
- Miles covered -- 1,100
- Weight workouts -- 100
- Complete the Turkey Trot 7½-miler without the big fade experienced in 2010