I haven't had much time to reflect on the year yet.

It made for an awkward New Years Eve as I really didn't feel like a year had gone by. I am not sure what causes us to use January 1st as some deadline for reflection and resolutions but it seems to be ingrained.

Overall I am really happy with my progress this year. I obviously stepped it up quite a notch with race mileage in both the tris and running but was able to get in a few faster races too.

Major highlights from the year were obviously competing in my first half ironman, trail marathon, 50k, and 50 mile races. As a bonus I managed to PR a half marathon and ran two BQ marathons.

I met a ton of people locally and via blogland who I am truly grateful for. Doing all of these events is so much more meaningful when you are competing alongside friends.

I keep striving to find a balance between family, work, and training, oh and doing other things I enjoy like blogging, reading, and partying. I haven't got it down yet but I am getting there.

Statistical Highlights

#s raced
2 ultras
1 half ironman
3 marathons
3 half marathons
1 10 miler
1 sprint tri
1 marathon relay
2 5ks

Best Race of 06
Probably a tie between Boston and River Run

3:31 at Boston was an improvement over last years Boston by 18 minutes. At the time I was disappointed not to get a PR but I ran a tough race and am very pleased with the result (Plus I looked cute in my wild bill tee)

PRing at River Run was a double edged sword. I was ecstatic to run so fast when I was feeling like I might not be capable but that race was the beginning of all my end of the year injuries. Next year I should probably consider a different half as I always screw something up at this race.

Most surprising result

Definitely JFK. At the beginning of the year I hoped to run 9 hours here and/or place 1st in my age group. After all my injuries and extremely light training I backed off my goal to 10 hours. Coming 23 minutes from my original A goal having never even run a 50 mile week in 06 really told me something about myself.


Anonymous said...

You were a superstar in 2006...

...and just think of all the race possibilities and PR's to be snatched in 2007! :)

Anonymous said...

Impressive year, congrats.

Anonymous said...

That's one heck of a year! Hope you were able to celebrate those accomplishments with friends and family on or near the New Year!

Watch out 2007! :)

IHateToast said...

while i'm a whopping slug to your gazelle, we had something in common. a really good race resulted in either a smattering of injuries or a monster one. but you know what? I wouldn't trade it. i'll take the PR and just learn to mellow and ease up to heal.

having this in common with you is like finding out heidi klum and i have identical belly buttons!!!

hey, i'll take it!

Kate said...

It was amazing reading about your year as you lived it, but reading it all written down like that.. MAN! That is one heck of a year. Congratulations! Best wishes for 07...

RunBubbaRun said...

A busy 2006 for you. Congrats on your accomplishments. Not running a 50 mile week getting ready for a 50 miler. That is impressive. Hope you have a great 2007. Maybe I'll seee you out there in a ULTRA.

BuckeyeRunner said...

Quite an impressive 2006..what is in store for 07?

Anonymous said...

You've definitely had an amazing year! It has been wonderful getting to know you and I look forward to seeing you accomplish more in the future!

Vickie said...

You did good. Maybe we'll meet up sometime this year.

Black Knight said...

Yes, you were a superstar. Another year like that and you will enter in the Blogsphere Hall of Fame!

Anonymous said...

WOW Awesome YEAR congrats on MANY MORE!!

Anonymous said...

That's one hell of a year E. I can't wait to see what you pull of in 07. :)

Anonymous said...

You had an AMAZING year. congrats on all your 2006 accomplishments!!

Anonymous said...

Nice TV appearance by the way. Loved it. I thought about going... didn't get up early enough though. Looks like you all had alot of fun. Hope to catch up soon!