Saturday, January 1, 2011

Reflections on 2010

Socrates wrote, "The unexamined life is not worth living." I am sure this has some meaning in running so here are my thoughts and some data about 2010 in running.

First the requisite mileage totals:

January: 220
February: 123
March: 167
April: 232
May: 274
June: 249
July: 400
August: 257
September: 146
October: 134
November 223
December: 300

2010 total: 2725 miles

The year started out with a solid January of running despite some bitter cold and a lot of snow, then February and March tapered down as I struggled to deal with plantar fasciitis. By April, the plantar fasciitis pain had not gone away but I decided just to run through it. In May, I decided to go for a summer streak and run everyday from Memorial Day through Labor Day. I did and ran my first 100+ day streak averaging nearly 10 miles per day. The spring and summer continued on well with a strong 52 mile Bighorn race in June and a 8 day, 200 mile run and fast pack on the Colorado Trail in July. This was an awesome trek, definitely a highlight of the year. July also included my first and only DNF at Grand Mesa. It was a frustrating race, but looking back I think I could have and should have continued on to the finish. July was my first ever 400 mile month, with my previous highest mileage month being July 2009 with 307 miles. Surprisingly, my 3rd highest month was the one that ended yesterday.
In August, I rallied after my DNF and ran my first Colorado sub 20 minute 5K. Late August, I ran the Lean Horse 100 in 23:16 beating my 2009 time by over 3 hours.

I tapered off quite a bit in September and October when I ran my first road marathon since moving to Colorado. I did no marathon specific training and still managed a 3:23 with every mile split comfortably under 8 minutes.

November and December were a time to ramp back up on the mileage to begin building a base for a PR 2011 marathon.

All around it was a good year of running. Nothing too remarkable, but I feel that I have built a solid foundation to hit some big goals in 2011. More on that later.

Outside of my personal training and racing, 2010 has been a time of growth and enthusiasm in the Fort Collins trail running community and I am proud of my involvement in that. Ean and I started and have continued a Thursday night social run in March. We meet up with the group at the park and then take a comfortable 5 mile run around Pineridge and then meet back up at our place for a BBQ and potluck. The run has continued weekly and now every other week with the other weeks being the famous Towers Time Trial hosted by Nick Clark. Cat now splits the hosting of the post run potluck with us, so it is at our place every 4th week. The Thursday night runs as well as our Tuesday Night Reservoir Ridge runs have weekly showings of 10-25 people of all running abilities and the social running camaraderie is strong.

Pete, Fran, Mary, Brian, Ean and I successfully put on the 3rd running of the Blue Sky Marathon and Half in October to rave reviews from all participants. After a lot of hard work by all, the race went off without a hitch and we raised a healthy sum to give to Larimer County Parks, Larimer County Search and Rescue, and Athletes in Tandem.

I coached the Blevins Track Team and Cross Country Team. The Cross Country Team this year did not have any outstanding point totals at the races, but I saw every athlete make huge personal growth in running and confidence and they supported each other as a team. For the first time in my three years of coaching cross country at Blevins, the whole team showed up and completed the entire run from school to the top of the A. The nearly 7 mile round trip was quite an accomplishment for many of these kids, some who had never run more than a mile just 6 weeks earlier. And since the team was entirely 6th and 7th graders, I hope to have them all back along with a new group of excited 6th graders for our strongest team ever in 2011.

So there's a bit of examination of my running life in 2010. Now it is time to take the lessons learned and move ahead to a new year.


  1. Congratulations on an outstanding year! You and Ean have really done a lot to shape our Trail Runners group. I hope you and your family have a great 2011!

  2. You make me proud, my son, but then you always did. Pat and I miss you and Ean and the kids. I am so glad you have a full and happy life. Remember, I am always here if you need me.

    Love, Dad