- Qualify for Boston Marathon
- Run a 50K in Vibram FiveFinger shoes
- Finish the Canadian Death Race
- Run 50 miles at Howl at the Moon 8-Hour
- Break 19:00 for a 5K
Boston Marathon qualification? I needed a 3:30 certified marathon finish to qualify for Boston. I didn't even run a road marathon...but I did an early trail marathon in March and finished in 4:07 without pushing hard. I believe I could have finished under 4:00 for that trail marathon. With a bit more training, I think within 1-2 months, I could have run a fairly flat road marathon in 3:30. I'll never know, but the hope is still alive. If this winter goes well, I will repeat that trail marathon in March and then see where to go from there. Maybe a fast road marathon is in my future for 2011?
Run a 50K in FiveFingers? Nope, I never did run a 50K in any of my FiveFinger shoes. I did run 15 miles in training...and I twice ran a 10 mile race loop in them before changing into "regular minimalist" trail racing shoes. After throwing away (or donating) almost all of my "regular" shoes, I only have minimalist shoes in my rotation. With warmer weather, I'll get out and start barefoot running again. I'd like to work up to 10 miles barefoot and 20 miles in FiveFingers. A 50K in my gorilla shoes can't be far off--maybe 2011 will see this goal achieved?
Finished the Canadian Death Race? Hell no...since they pulled me EARLY from the course without cause! Would I have finished CDR if they let me continue at that 40 mile mark? Not sure. Would have been nice to try. My ill mother had taken a turn for the worse the day before CDR...maybe I had other things on my mind. Still, would have been sweet to continue and finish this sucker. I have no plans on going back so 2011 will not see this goal attained.
Run 50 miles at Howl at the Moon? Hardly. It was my worst Howl at the Moon 8-Hour finish (33.9 miles). I was fresh off my Canadian Death Race DNF, my mother had just passed away, and work was crazy busy. I wasn't into running. No motivation, no energy, no fuel in the tank. I was empty. I firmly believe that 2011 will be very different--it will be my best Howl ever!
Did I break 19:00 for a 5K? Nope. Didn't even run a 5K, or 10K, or half marathon. Nothing short. Hard to say what kind of speed I would have had if I attempted a 5K. I'm confident I would have been well under 20:00 and maybe close to 19:00. Hmmmm...I think I better do some shorter races in 2011.
My goals for 2011 will be coming soon. I give myself a B- for 2010...even if I really didn't meet my running goals. I had good reasons for failing. (Note the shattered rose colored glasses pictured in this post.) I'm entering 2011 with a healthy body and mind. Watch out folks, I feel a good year coming!