2010: Super special and then some

It’s safe to say that the first six months of 2010 has been the best stretch of running for me since I started this journey back in 2004. The miles (510, which include 10 tonight), the races (two PRs, a mountain half marathon) and many of the individual runs (running in the rain and snow, Terrapin Mountain, doing 5.6 to get to 500 miles) have combined to make this year special. Super special with extra sauce on the side.

I’ve also managed to lose 11 pounds this year – going from 197.2 to 186.2. I’m not even sure how I managed to get back up to close to 200 (well, my awful diet in the last two months of 2009 didn’t help), but I’m back in a range I’m happy with. My clothes fit better; I’m eating tremendously better thanks to the summer fruit season; and I have a renewed sense of confidence getting my weight down a bit.

As I look ahead to the second half of 2010, I am ready to capitalize on what I’ve already done. I eased back just a bit on my mileage in June to do just that, although getting sick earlier this month kind of forced me to rest. I feel refreshed – and it’s so nice to be able to run 75 miles in a month and call that easing back. In previous years, that kind of mileage just wasn’t happening consistently.

My goals for the next six months come in stages. My No. 1 goal is running the Richmond Marathon in November. Coming up with a specific time goal for that will come after I start building my mileage up on my long runs this summer. I learned a lot of lessons from my first marathon in 2007, so I’m ready to have my sights on a time range this year. My second goal is to complete my 1,000-mile goal. If marathon training goes as planned, then I don’t even need to worry about that. In fact, I should actually get there sometime in November if my mileage goes like it should.

Lastly, I wanted to say THANK YOU to everyone who has offered their support this year. The comments on this new site, on Facebook, on Daily Mile and in person mean the world to me.