Friday, January 9, 2009

2008 in Review

I know I'm behind, but it's time for me to close out 2008 and start thinking about what 2009 will hold. Today I bring you a month-by-month recap of the more important things that happened in 2008. Look for a post with some goals (running and personal) for 2009.

January: I started running again after taking a few weeks off over the holidays. I had also just completed my 3rd marathon, so I needed a break. I did go see Spirit of the Marathon in the theater to get some extra motivation. I also remember well how shocked I felt one day when I was running on the treadmill at the gym and saw on tv that Heath Ledger died. If my memory is correct, I was proud of myself for striking up a conversation with a hot guy at the gym. Nothing came of it, but I'm always pleased with myself when I'm a bit bold.

February: I watched Eli Manning lead his team to a Super Bowl win with good friends. I went to Knoxville with Danielle for a super fun weekend with our friend Bennett before she left for Korea. I spent another Valentine's Day alone, but the florist gave me a red cowgirl hat and I wore it the rest of the day. I also made an Outlook reminder to suggest to my boss that we order flowers for his wife sooner than the morning of V-Day.

March: I set a half PR of 1:56:09 in the middle of a thunderstorm. This was VERY exciting. I was putting in some longer runs and feeling good about my fitness. I also got excited when I heard NKOTB was getting back together, and I was disappointed they were coming nowhere near here on tour. I was really ready for warmer weather.

April: I volunteered for a huge event in Nashville for the non-profit I volunteer for regularly. It was exhausting but super rewarding. I also went to a Bon Jovi concert with some people a good bit older than me and had a blast! I finished the month helping a friend get a new half PR when we ran my fine city's Country Music Half in 2:02. There was much celebrating that evening.

May: I turned 25. This presented a bit of an emotional roller coaster for a few weeks, but I've settled into the age nicely. I celebrated my birthday with friends and family. I also went to Gatlinburg with my mom and sis. My blog also celebrated it's first anniversary.

June: I saw my best friend Stephanie graduate from Harvard Law in Boston. I also started struggling with allergy problems and felt awful for a while. I still ran a 10-mile race in the heat anyways. I also headed to Florida with the family.

July: I started the month still in Florida. I finally started to feel better. I did very little running. I went to DC for the first time since I was a kid.

August: I saw Dave Matthews Band in Memphis. I bought an iMac. I won my age group in a local 5K, something that has never happened. It's the fastest 5K I had run in over 7-8 years. (I am so a distance girl.)

September: I went to Toronto for a weekend with my two best girls and had a blast. I was disappointed they don't stamp your passport at the border. I started getting more hardcore about my marathon training again.

October: I ran a lot of long runs, and I had my first ever 100-mile month. I ran in a local half in some really warm weather. It was no PR, but I did break 2 hours. Amanda was in town from Canada. We had a blast here and in Knoxville.

November: I ran my 4th marathon at the Battlefield Marathon. It was just a training run, so I took it easy. I also did my first video blog. I ran a 5-mile race on Thanksgiving that made me certain something was wrong with my hip. (Looking back, I'm surprised I maintained a 9:00 minute mile pace with a stress fracture.)

December: Instead of running the full I'd been training for, I walked the Memphis Half. I had a nice weekend. I found out I had a fracture in the neck of my left femur and started a 4-week adventure on crutches. My emotions were heightened and sent me into varying moods of depression and acceptance. I enjoyed the holidays and got to see the boy again. I watched a lot of tv. I had 12 straight days of no work. I started making a race scrap book.

So all in all, there were definitely a lot of good things that happened in 2008. I think the year ended a little more roughly than I'd like, but it helps that I got good news this week about my injury. 2009 is already looking up.

I hadn't really set definitive goals for 2008 other than to save some money and run some races. I certainly achieved those (aside from not getting to run the full I had been training for the past few months!).

I'm actually in the process of getting down some specifics for 2009. I'll be back with those soon. Have a great weekend!


Cindy said...

Hi Melanie.

I found your blog awhile ago - don't remember how. It caught my eye because you have the same scripture on your blog header as I have on mine. Great verse!

Anyway, I will be training for my first full marathon in October of this year (I did my first half last Oct). I'm trying to decide which training program I want to use. Do you use a specific plan and if so, which one?

You mentioned you'll be starting your training in June/July for an October marathon. I look forward to reading about it since we should be training at the same time.

Well, I'll end this with wishing you a speedy recovery. You have a great attitude and that's half the battle! Good luck with everything.


aron said...

awesome recap and awesome year!! it was very great to "meet" you this year :)

Amanda said...

I love the way you broke your recap down into months. You had quite a year!

J said...

I really liked how you broke up the year in months! It was cool to read that! Can't wait to hear your goals!! Have a good weekend!

Team Clancy said...

I just found your blog and as a new runner I L.O.V.E. it!

Love to Run said...

What a wonderful year end review. Sounds like there were some good things last year and I know they will continue in 2009.