This is easily my favorite time of year. The leaves are changing. The air is brisk. My beloved college football team takes a giant dump on their home field. Ahh…the sites, sounds, and smells of fall. Save for a few fun runs, it also means the end of my racing season which, in turn, leads me to reflect.
I think I can sum up the 2009 running season with this tired cliché: Quality over quantity.
It was a very eventful year on the road for me. In January, I completed my first marathon. I still have an asterisk by it due to my IT band issues. It’s all very wonderful for a lot of you to say “hey, you finished” in the comments box (yes, I went back and checked), but the asterisk remains.
I PR’d in a few races, which is good. I did some speedwork over the summer, but not as consistently as I would've liked. For some reason on race day, though, I had a fire under my ass. Yay me.
I always wanted to run a relay and I did that and plan to do it again next year.
So what’s on tap for 2010 you all ask? I don’t rightly know just now. Should I work on speed and, thusly, new PRs? Should I set “more races” as a goal? I’ve got some ideas rattling around in my head like that ball bearing they use in spray paint cans.
As for ROATM, I’ve noticed that, as my training goes, so goes the blog. Since I’m not in any sort of training, who knows what you all will get from me? Maybe I could write about how cold it is or why it sucks to run on a treadmill. Been there. Done that. I’m not calling this a blog hiatus, per se, and I’m not leaving. Been there, done that, too. Maybe we'll just call it "sporadic inspiration". Yeah, I like that.
I leave you with a link about blogging. It’s a pretty interesting take on the medium. There are a lot of big words. Even I had to look some up, but I highly recommend it if you want to look like you’re doing research at work (translation: no pictures) or you have 8 hours of Parent-Teacher conference to kill.
Andrew Sullivan, Why I Blog, The Atlantic, November 2008