|From Saturday's North Texas Runners monthly club run |
at the beautiful Oak Point Nature Preserve
LEVEL 1 - still learning the moves on the video game controller: In 2009, healthy and strong, I ran 8 half marathons and ran a high at that time of 457.2 miles over the whole year.
LEVEL 2 - persistence, despite the poison that continues to eat away at my HP (health points): In 2010, I spent most of the year pregnant or recovering from a C-section. I had an incredibly strong January and February as I knew I planned to have my second child; then I recovered from exhaustion in the first trimester to come back and spend another few months running as many miles as my pregnant booty could muster. I finished 2010 with 426.4 miles actually run, but 471.6 miles if I included elliptical miles since I would use that at times while pregnant in place of runs.
2011 Is Going Strong
LEVEL 3 - The princess may not be in this castle, but I'm defeating boss monster after boss monster to get to those end credits: 5 1/2 months into 2011, and my "new high score" has been reached with 476.9 running miles for year-to-date!
With marathon training, it's definitely easier to have a higher mileage total for the year. But I'm still always in awe of the miles I've seen some friends attain. 1500 miles in a year... 2000... a few people with routine 80-100 miles run in a WEEK. Those people are amazing in their commitment to the sport.
Goal for 2011
I don't know how many levels are in this game, but I'm collecting 1-UPs like a madman, and I have infinite lives! Do I have a goal number of miles for 2011? No, not really. I do have races planned for after my first marathon at the San Francisco Marathon July 31, so I'm guessing it's very likely I could be one of those people who hits 1000 miles in a year. Even two years ago, I would have thought that was such a crazy high number. But now, even with my time constraints of how long a mile takes at my pace and having two small children, it feels realistic... and that makes me catch my breath for a second, with a smile on my lips!