I started 2010 with a very vague plan of where I was going to take my running. In 2009’s year-ender post I said I wanted to break 50 minutes in a 10K again, make a podium finish in a 5K, and level up to a 15K. I had no inkling I’d be blessed to do all that — and more!
I broke the 50-minute mark in a 10K not just once, but twice: first at Unilab Run United 1 and again at Race for Life. A little vacation in Boracay was the setting for my first place in a 5K at the Skyathon Surf & Run.
My first run for 2010 was my first 15K at Run Assumption Run, which was also the first time I ever won a race. A week later I did my first 21K at Condura Run and unwittingly set a benchmark for myself with my barely sub-2 hour finish, a PR which I hacked away at with the Nature Valley Run and Adidas King of the Road. I never thought I’d run distances longer than 21K so soon — and yet there was the 32K at Unilab Run United 2 and the various training runs I did to prepare for the 34th Milo Marathon eliminations and finals.
By God’s grace I was able to join as many races as I wanted, and even some out-of-the-ordinary ones like the Trek the TEC Building Run-Up and the Men’s Health All-Terrain Race and Urbanathlon. There was also enough time to join Team Endure Multisport and train for my first triathlon at the Speedo National Age Group Triathlon, which I absolutely loved doing. Podium finishes at these races and more were just bonuses.
What I loved best about this year were the people I ran with, especially the friends I made in the Takbo.ph and adiNation community. Training with them, I learned that running is not always about new PR’s and pushing the limits of what’s possible (although that’s a big part of why we do what we do). Running can be about camaraderie and shared joys and pains; group runs (and the meals that inevitably follow) are bonding experiences I won’t forget.
So, what’s in sight for 2011? I’m giving marathons a rest for now, since I’d like to set a new PR at the 2012 Condura Skyway Marathon. I want to continue getting faster in 21K, and hit the podium again in 10K (preferably with a sub-47 minute finish). The big goal for 2011 is to represent Team Endure in more multisport events and place in my age group. I also want to participate in the Cobra Ironman 70.3 as part of Endure’s all-women relay team; time and training will tell which of the three disciplines I will be best at. Maybe, by year’s end, I can join Tri United at White Rock and be a “Rockstar”.
I’ve itemized what I want, but it all boils down to one thing: I want to keep improving. God willing, it’ll all happen in 2011. Happy New Year!
So how was 2010 for you? What’s your big goal for 2011?