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 Wrap up your 2005!
Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Wrap up your 2005! Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 12:00 pm 

How did your running go during 2005? Got any highlights or "lowlights" to share? Here's your chance to brag or commiserate.

By most accounts, 2005 wasn't a great year for me. It started well, with a 1:32 half marathon in February that was my best-ever effort at any distance. I also managed a respectable 3:24 marathon in March, despite coming down with a bad cold two days before the race. But that was about it as far as highlights.

After the March marathon, I slacked off for the whole spring, summer, and early fall. I barely ran at all. I finally started to get back into training in October, although not anywhere near my previous mileage level. Not surprisingly, my fitness also dropped way off, and the few shorter races I did were all pretty bad.

2005 seems especially bad compared to my 2004, which was something of a breakthrough year for me. I totalled only 1184 miles (23/week) for the full year, compared to 2631 miles (50/week) in 2004. That's a huge difference. In fact 2005 was my lowest mileage year since I started running regularly back in 2002. Doh.

On the positive side, since I did managed to qualify for Boston in late 2004, I'm training for that now and slowly getting back into shape.


Rustyboy

LA, CA
Joined: 14 Dec 2004
Posts: 225

Re: Wrap up your 2005! Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2005 11:01 pm 

Oh, man, 2005 has been a HUGE year for me...

I (at long last) broke my trail running race cherry in August and got the fever for ultras. Since then, I've run 3 other trail races and began my ultra training for a January 15th 50k. I've piled on more miles than ever (in my short 2 year running career), I think, guessing here, with 2,000 miles run in '05, 70% on mountain trails.

To that end, I've also eaten more than ever in my life. I've set small PRs - 5k at 21:40, a miracle for me, and have begun to really enjoy the sport, and where I fit in.

Congratulations on getting back in the game, Rickshaw! Life is a series of ebbs and flows, and it sounds like you're back in the saddle. I can't wait to hear about your Boston run.


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: Wrap up your 2005! Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2006 2:16 pm 

Rustyboy wrote:
To that end, I've also eaten more than ever in my life.

Isn't that the greatest benefit of being a runner? Everyone else I know is complaining about all the weight they gained over the holidays...


Bricks
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Chicago
Joined: 09 Dec 2004
Posts: 222

Re: Wrap up your 2005! Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2006 7:04 am 

Wooh, what a year 2005 was. I thought I'd have a tough year improving on my 2004 which was my first year of serious running, but i actually blew it out of the water:

2005 Highlights:

-32nd overall in 27.2 Mile Lakeshore Marathon.
-Qualified for Boston in Chicago with 3:09:44.
-1st Place age award at local 10K.
-Finally cracked 20 min barrier in 5K on New Year's Eve with 19:34.
-1862 total miles (up from 1000 in 2004)
-Set new PR's at 5K, 4mi, 8K , 10K, 10mi, Half, and Full Marathon.

For me, 2006 has a tough act to follow....


Rickshaw
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
San Francisco, CA
Joined: 26 Nov 2004
Posts: 1157

Re: Wrap up your 2005! Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2006 9:13 pm 

Dang, you guys are good! I'm glad you both had solid years, and it sounds like you're paving the way for success this year as well. Rustyboy's tearing up the trail running scene, and Bricks is breaking PR's like clockwork.

Bricks, I'm impressed that you accomplished all you did in 2005 on 1862 total miles. That's awesome. By comparison, I ran nearly 50% more miles than that in 2004, yet never reached any of the times you did. It makes me wonder whether I overdid it, and you followed a more sensible plan. Of course nobody should really expect to be able to predict race times by sex and training mileage alone, since there are so many other factors to consider, but...

I'll try to give you a run for your money in April. :-)


Bricks
Runworks 2005 5M Racer
Chicago
Joined: 09 Dec 2004
Posts: 222

Re: Wrap up your 2005! Posted: Fri Jan 06, 2006 11:59 am 

how did you run that many miles..!? i felt like 1862 was a ton, though i guess i though the same about 1000 last year...

yeah, i love reading about this trail running scene too via rustyboy's accounts. not really an option in my geography so it's neat to see all the different routes you can go in running, no punn intended. it's nice to know trail running, ultras and tri's are always sitting out there to try if 'just' marathoning gets 'boring'.....

i have a feeling 2006 will be a plateau of sorts. i think my steep improvement curve is leveling off as we speak. my running goals for the upcomming year are much more modest too. a presentable time in boston and a PR of some kind in Chicago again this year are the biggies. I would like to run sub-sevens there and perhaps next year go for a sub three, depending on how much i can improve. i suspect that's too fast for me. otherwise this year, pr's in as many distances as possible, but the big time goals i ultimately wanted to reach at most distances i have reached... but of course there's always that next 'minute' barrier out there to chase at every distance.


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