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The Top 10 of 2008

December 30, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments

At this time of year, many people like to look back and do a recap of the year. Well, if I did that, it would mostly be negative since I feel like much of the year has been a disappointment when it comes to running. So instead of looking back, I’d like to do a top 10 list of the good things that have happened this year with running and working out. I think it would be good to close this year out on a positive note and flush the not-so-great ’08 out of my mind.


Finishing the Shamrock Half Marathon. So when I first finished this race, I was so mad at being hurt, but in hindsight, it was an accomplishment to finish it despite being hurt.


Finishing the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach. Despite taking more than 2 hours to do this race, I am once again pleased to have finished this race considering how hot it was that weekend.


Taking time off. With such an up and down year, the best thing I did for myself this year was to take off time when I wasn’t hurt. I highly recommend it.


The 7-mile Thanksgiving run. This is here mainly because I surprised myself to run that much when I hadn’t done much in a while.


Running a 5k again. Oct. 18 was a big day — I ran a 5k for the first time since the summer of 2007.


Bike riding at the beach. When the Outer Banks trip came along in June, it definitely interrupted training for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half, but I managed to putt out nearly 20 miles on the bike that week. Any kind of working out is a plus while on vacation.


PRs. I’m not all that pleased with the results, and I would have rather done this in a half marathon, but I did set PRs in an 8k and a 4-miler this year.


Working out the week that Conner was born. The birth of my son is the #1 non-running event in my life this year, obviously. At the same time, I am pleased with myself to hit the gym a few times the week he was born. So many people have told me how hard it is to keep working out with a newborn, but I was determined to prove them wrong early on.


Raising $1,000 to fight cancer. In the beginning of April, I raised $1,000 for the VCU Massey Cancer Center as part of the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k. While I ran it hurt, I ran it for my late uncle, my grandfather, my dad and everyone else impacted by cancer.


The discovery of cross-training. It started in March with biking, but I didn’t really get into cross training until October when I joined a gym. It’s put a totally different perspective on things when it comes to being in shape.

  1. Andrew is getting fit
    December 30, 2008 at 7:20 am

    Sounds like a pretty good 2008 to me!

  2. Anonymous
    December 30, 2008 at 11:14 am

    Looks like on a whole 2008 was good. Keep it up in 2009.

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