Without further delay, Happy 2008! We had an unseasonably mild day yesterday for the Great New Year's Eve Run (GNYER) at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. Race start was at 4pm and nearly 600 showed up for the challenging and hilly 5K run. The only thing was a south to north wind around 10mph. (that put the wind in your face on the return route to the finish) My only goal was to set a new PR (personal record) for the 5K distance...old PR was set in Virginia Beach 7 years ago on a pancake flat course....19min, 54sec...and the only time I'd broken 20 minutes. I'm happy to say "Goal achieved!" 19min, 39sec. Overall, I was 7 of 37 in my age group and 39 of 579 finishers (top 7%), and an avg. pace of 6min, 19sec per mile. Thanks goes out to Greg and Aaron for providing the motivation and drive to help me reach this milestone! Full Results Here.
2007 Wrap-Up & Good-Bye
2007 was the first year I tracked every mile on a calendar so here's the tally: you'll notice a decrease in monthly mileage surrounding marathons as I tapered down the mileage leading up to them.
January: 159.8 miles
February: 163.5 miles
March: 168.8 miles (ING Georgia Marathon)
April: 146.9 miles
May: 135 miles (Flying Pig Marathon, Cleveland Marathon)
June: 181.2 miles
July: 160.5 miles (Summer Buckeye Trail 50K)
August: 186.7 miles
September: 156.9 miles (Air Force Marathon, Akron Marathon)
October: 164.7 miles (Towpath Marathon)
November: 146 miles (Richmond Marathon)
December: 202 miles (first time over 200 miles in a month)
2007 total: 1972 miles!
Alright, time to move on! No goals to run as many marathons this year. Last year was most likely a one-time occurence. I just want to focus on quality workouts and improve. What better way than to head out for a early New Year's Day run? Knocked out a hilly 7 miler before Marjie headed out to work this morning...not a soul was up...not a light was on!