2010 in Review

Ah, what a year! I don’t know where to start, except to say that yesterday I ran my 2010th mile for 2010 (3235 KM). I decided to have some fun with my route:

*That wraps up December with 207.74 miles (334.33 KM) – my third highest month this year, and I’m not even officially training!

Those 2010 miles have created quite a journey. I learned and grew a great deal as a runner this year, with plenty of support and guidance from hubs, my various unofficial coaches, my training group and of course the blogging community. It just wouldn’t mean the same if I couldn’t share it with all of you.

I completed a total of 20 races this year (Boxing Day 10-Miler recap is finally up) including 4 marathons and 5 half marathons. In the process, I ran some pretty significant PR’s:  3:58:56 marathon (2009 PR 4:26:02); 2:42:34 30K (2009 PR 3:05:03); 1:44:48 half marathon (2009 PR 1:52:29).

I also managed to run a ton of fun races just for fun, from the Goofy Challenge to the Toronto City Chase (x2) to Seattle RnR with Tall Mom.

I had a couple of “character-building” races as well, most notably the Toronto Marathon in October. After giving myself some time to grieve, I accepted it for a learning experience and adopted my new favourite running mantra (from Running Lam via Aron)

“I am just waiting for the perfect race
 to let my secret out.”

Bring on 2011!


Total distance: 2010.0 miles (3234.78 KM)

# Runs: 281

Total time: 311 hours and 5 minutes

Calories burned: 241,500

Happy New Year!
HBBC Ongoing Tally Dec. 25-31:
Dec. 25 – run (5.4)
Dec. 26 – run (12)
Dec. 27 – run (7.6), cross-training class (4) = 11.6
Dec. 28 – run (9.9)
Dec. 29 – run (12.4)
Dec. 30 – run (6.2)
Dec. 31 – run (2.7)

52 thoughts on “2010 in Review

  1. Happy New Year Marlene! Congrats on reaching 2010miles for 2010! That is such a great accomplishment! My favorite picture is still the one of you in the Christmas lights! Such a great idea!

  2. Happy New Year. I hope the end of 2011 finds you with the same passion for your sport as the beginning. You've had an awesome year and there's lots more to come.

  3. I just love that you don't just run. You live during your runs. You smile during your runs. You have fun during your runs.It all shows in the pics.Great year and looking forward to more miles and pictures next year.

  4. Congrats on reaching 2010 miles … WOW!I am starting to train for my first full marathon (ran 5 halfs) this year and I'm so happy that I found your blog. It is inspiring and motivating all in one!

  5. You ran a lot of races. Last year I hit 21 and was on track to run a lot this year. We'll see what 2011 brings. I loved hearing about all your races and exploits and look forward to reading more. I love reading about another northern runner who gets out there in the cold and snow! It's not like there is a lot of choice!

  6. 2010 was an awesome year for you, Marlene and I LOVED looking at all your pictures in review of all your amazing achievements. My heart broke for you with your less-than stellar marathon but so glad with the attitude you have taken and yep, it is just waiting to come out for the right race!!!Many MANY happy and healthy miles in 2011 to you! Cannot WAIT to see all the incredible things you will do!!HUGS!

  7. Wow, Marlene! You've had such a great year and have the PRs (and photos) to show for it! I'm not sure how you're going to top this in 2011, but I'm sure you'll find a way!Happy New Year!

  8. what a great year!! it was so fun to watch you accomplish so much and see you smiling the entire time!! all your PRs were so inspiring and i know 2011 is going to be a fabulous year for you. happy new year!

  9. 2010 miles in 2010? That is freaking AMAZING!!And congrats to you on your HUGE PRs this year. Every race may not have gone as well as you wanted but I think a lot of folks would kill to have succeeded as well as you did on the ones that did go your way. Best wishes to you in 2011 and love all the running photos!

  10. I love all the pictures in this post! So great to look back and reflect on the races of the year – as we probabaly learned something from each one of them. So proud of your accomplishments of the year! And great job on your year mileage!!

  11. I love that you ran 2010 in 2010!! you are my hero!! I doubt I will ever make 2,000 miles..my knees are already trashed from too many years of basketball..HUGS TO AMAZING photos and the friends you make along the way.. I will cherish 2010 because I met you.. I know that our paths will cross again soon..Maybe New York some day?? Hmmmm??

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