Monthly Archives: December 2009

2009 Numbers

2009 Running Mileage

863.89 miles of running
580 miles of biking
250 logged workouts
40 degrees – average temperature
12.61 miles of elliptical
12 weight workouts
10 physical therapy sessions
8 pairs of shoes
5k of cross-country skiing
4.6 miles of swimming
3 miles of snow shoeing
1 annoying foot

Plantar Fasciitis did everything it could to ruin my running year.  Including not running since October 4.

Happy 2010!!

Best of 2009

It is the time of year to look back on the previous 12 months and reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly.  A lot happens in 12 months.  Much of what happens isn’t planned.   For example, who would plan to have Plantar Fasciitis for 10 months and counting? This time last year I had no idea I’d be typing this post from the comfort of my own house or that I’d be enjoying a two week vacation because I’m still working at a school.

I did know that I’d have completed my second marathon, though I was hoping to be heading to Boston. I also knew that Team Cross would have some great adventures and fun throughout the year and we did! Each year we make a book and/or calendar from MyPublisher with pictures from the past year.  It is a great way to reflect back on some of the great times of the year.

I’ve written a variety of “Best Of” posts in past years.  This is going to be a tamed down version! The two most objective things are race performance (based on time) and most read blog posts (based on page views).

I think the only race I ran this year without being injured was the Securian Winter Carnival Half Marathon, but it was cut in half and really, really cold.  The most scenic race was the Lake Minnetonka Half Marathon. I only ran 8 races this year (last year I ran 14).  My best three races were all in the spring (which isn’t too surprising).

#3 Human Race 8k

#2 Brian Kraft 5k


#1  TC 1 Mile

Now for the most read blog posts…  I use Google Analytics for these numbers.  So far in 2009 I’ve had 12,964 visits and 18,136 pageviews. The best day at Team Cross Runs was on February 3 (during Salmonella outbreak). For my top 5 posts I took out the obvious one of people landing at my home page (1,835 views) and the obscure Merry Christmas 2007 post which still amazes me (1,160 views).

#5 Running the Minneapolis Riverfront – 445 views

#4 Caffeine: A Banned Substance – 488 views

#3 Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis – 719 views

#2 Stillwater Marathon Has Problems – 767 views  (this actually sat above the Stillwater Marathon site                                 for awhile in Google)

#1 Salmonella and Powerbars – 1,999 views

My craziest adventure in 2009 was winter camping in February at Afton State Park.  But probably the craziest run I did in 2009 was when the temperature was -21 and the windchill was -34.

* I used the McMillian Calculator to pick my best races.

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One more Week

We only have one more week of 2009, where did it go? Hopefully it was a good year for you and you’ve begun reflecting on 2009 and looking forward to 2010. That is the topic for another post, this is just a look back at the week that was.

It started out really well, since I didn’t have to go to work! Monday was nice and relaxing. Vegging out and catching up on e-mail and other stuff on the computer. I did make it to the gym and the elliptical and weight machines. It is a different feel in the middle of the day. It is really funny to see the old women and some men dressed up in nice clothes but lifting weights or using the elliptical. 30 minutes and 2.9 miles.

Tuesday I hit the pool and did 10 x 50 yards with 45 seconds in between. I found this swimming workout for beginner triathletes. I’m still not planning on doing a tri, but I thought it would give me some motivation and something to actually focus on in the pool, instead of just swimming.  I also found this 9 Good Reasons Why You Should Get in the Pool.  I actually started feeling sick on Tuesday, mostly just sinus related.  So I didn’t do anything else until repeating the swim workout on Saturday.  Unless of course you count shoveling at least 3 times for the 9.8 official inches of snow we got that doesn’t really count the icy mix that ended the Christmas storm covering 3 or 4 days.  So I got quite a workout! Not being up and down on my feet all day has really helped my foot heal.

We had a great Christmas by ourselves.  While it is nice not to have the stress of travelling, it is really weird and hard not to be with family on Christmas.  Thanks to Skype we were able to video chat with some of the family and that made it better.

Previous Posts

I finished my Best of 2007 series with a look at National Performances and my Top 5 ArticlesFoto Friday was all of my race “hardware” and numbers from 2007.   In 2008, I discussed Running and Meditation.  In the 2008 Best of Series  I displayed my favorite race number: TC 1 Mile race number.  Foto Friday was of the Best Foto from 2008.

Happy Trails!

Have I mentioned that I really miss running?

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