It’s that time, we are at the end of the year, heck we are at the end of a decade. It’s been an interesting 10 years, got married, got divorced, took up running, found an amazing guy, moved closer to Boston, ran in 26 states. Not a bad 10 years, not always easy, but overall, it’s been pretty great. I am not here to go into detail about the past 10 years, we would be be here a while. But let’s go over 2019, and then go over my goals for 2020.
The start of 2019 was me getting over my very injury riddled 2018, it started off well with an awesome half in Charleston, SC (state 21) where I was able to run the whole thing, no walking, totally unexpected. I also decided to join a local race series, Race around Waltham (RAW Series) and I ran a few local 5ks in the spring and fall. I also finally got to run the Harpoon 5 miler and set a 5 mile PR (my only PR for the year but hey I got one) In May I traveled to Madison, WI (state 22) to run Run Madtown Half, which was a lot of fun and I ran my best half marathon in years, no PR but a vast improvement over what I did all of 2018.
In the Spring I had made the decision that my fall goal would be a full marathon, and picked the Detroit Free Press TCF Bank marathon to be it. Then we got some bad news, Lars’ mom was diagnosed with Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer, and I just knew I had to do something, so I talked with my very awesome coach, and we agreed that I could handle also running, the NYC Marathon, so I signed up that, and I raised money for the V Foundation for Cancer Research.
In June, I accomplished a big goal, and finished off the East Coast, as I ran the Baltimore 10 Miler in Maryland (state 23) and The Sallie Mae 5k in Wilmington, DE (state 24) Then in July, I flew out to Davenport, IA (state 25) and ran the Bix 7, which was super hilly but very fun. After that trip, it was time to buckle down for Marathon training.
I trained hard for Detroit and was more then ready, but then on race day, my stomach was just not having it, and I just blew up, it happens, still sucks, I’m still a bit disappointed, but I know I can’t control everything and marathons will do that to you, that is why they are so hard, but that also got my state 26 and I am now over half way to my goal of running in all 50 states.
Then it was onto NYC, and I decided to race it, even if I had just run a marathon 2 weeks before, and hey, I did soooooooo much better then I did in Detroit, and it made me like marathons again and know that I can do so much better. I also finally got to meet my coach in person so that was a nice added bonus. My last race for 2019 was the Donohue’s Turkey trot, just had some fun there and I always enjoy that race, hope to do it again in 2020.
And to finish with something more important, I raised $5215 for The V Foundation, and with a great combo of radiation and drugs, Lars’ mom is doing really well and we hope she will be around for a good long time = )
Now…onto 2020, cause I’ve got goals….to crush
For the big goal, running a race in all 50 states, I would like to check off at least, 4 states in 2020. So far I have Louisiana in January and Oklahoma in April. If I can get 5 states, even better, but I would like to be at 30 states by the end of 2020. I do have some non running travel in 2020 as I will be heading to Texas to see my cousin Garret get married and I am pumped about that, but that does use some of my travel budget so I do have to factor that in.
PRs, 2020 will be about PRs, I want to set at least 2 PRs this year, no matter the distance, 5k, 10k, full, half, whatever, I want at least 2 this year. 2019 was a great rebuild year, and I have been injury free, due to my keeping up with strength training, so I am ready to crush some times in 2020. I am going to keep with my coach and stick with my strength training and make sure I continue to listen to my body, overall I am feeling really good and I know I can do this.
Some non running goals (yes NON RUNNING) My big goal for 2020, is to stop biting my nails, I know, I know gross but it is something I have done for a long as I can remember. I do it when I am nervous and bored more so with the bored so I am trying to find things that will keep me from resorting to the nails in my mouth. I have already started, I have gone 2 weeks with no nail biting, so far so good. I have scheduled a manicure so I can give myself another reason to not bite by having some pretty nails. I will say the big reason I finally wanted to do this is seeing people with the awesome Sarah Marie Design nails wraps, I want to use them, so here I am, trying my best to stop a really bad habit.
Another goal is to take more walks with Lars and Rosie, Lars and I used to walk once a week almost every week and we just kind of stopped, I would like to start this back up. It will be good for him and Rosie and will get us outside some more.
Last one, stay in my budget, not something I am all that good with, I did improve in 2019 and would like to continue that momentum in 2020.
Overall, 2019 was a pretty good year, it had it’s ups and downs, like every year does. I am excited to end this decade and get into a new one. I will end my 30s in the new one, and hopefully get to travel to some very cool new places. I see a lot of great things coming and I can’t wait to do them all.