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The Running Year By The Numbers

Dec 31, 2008

As 2008 winds down, Amy and I are having a traditional New Year’s Eve filled with debauchery.  She’s eating a bowl of tomato soup with cheddar cheese and crackers in it; I filled up on appetizers at our friends’ house down the block where we hung out until the late hour of 8pm so we could make it home in time for bed by 10:05pm (yes – we consider that midnight here in Colorado.)

Earlier today I had a fantastic last run of the year.  I did one of my traditional “5-ish” mile runs in Keystone, hammered it the whole way, and set a PR by about four minutes.  The high altitude and hill training of the past few weeks are definitely having a positive impact.  Since I nailed the last run of the year, I thought I’d do a twist on the traditional “year by the numbers” post (especially since no one really wants to talk about financial numbers right now) and do my running year by the numbers.

I ran 1041.83 miles in 2009.  I managed to do this over 205.23 hours.  Included in this were five marathons – the slowest in 5:47 in February in Sedona and the fastest in 4:39 in Huntsville in December.  I’m up to 14 marathons (and states) on my quest to run a marathon in every state in the US by the time I’m 50.  And – as everyone who reads this blog knows, my jihad on my weight continues.  Fortunately I’m down three pounds for the year – from 211.5 at the beginning of the year to 208.5 right now.

Goals for 2009: Six more marathons, at least one sub 4 hours, and weight below 190.

Plus I’m now a level 12 on Mafia Wars.

Happy new year everyone.  I hope you’ve enjoyed Feld Thoughts in 2008.  See you in 2009.