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Top 10 of 2010

2010 was an interesting year for blogging.  I was given $100 in Google Adwords to spend to promote my site, which helped bump my number up a little bit.  I somehow got noticed by Saucony and they’ve given me a pair of shoes and a pair of gloves. So that was pretty exciting.  I started off the year strongly blogging and then slowly dwindled away as the year progressed, much like my running!

Here is how the Top 10 break down:

Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis 1,577
Curing Plantar Fasciitis 1,431
Minnesota Marathons 617
Product Review: Strassburg Sock 586
Twin Cities Running Stores 563
Caffeine – A Banned Substance 551
Salmonella & Energy Bars 372
Merry Christmas! 320
Running Prayers 284
Pike Island’s Trails 238

I admit, a couple of those surprise me.  2010 was a good year.  And with this we continue to move forward into 2011!

Looking Back at 2010

Last run of 2010Here is a look back at some of the goals I set for myself coming into 2010.  You never know what awaits you when the new year starts.  Who knew that I’d have a beautiful daughter? Or that I’d get Lyme’s disease?  Those would be the two biggest highlights of my year.  Putting together a Ragnar Relay team and finishing it was quite an accomplishment, especially given my injury.  I still haven’t eradicated Plantar Fasciitis, but it feels pretty good most days.

In 2010 I ran only 255 miles and completed one race – Ragnar.  However, I rode 1,300 miles on my bike, including commuting miles.  I swam 9,229 meters (approximately) which is 5.7 miles of swimming. I snow-shoed a few times, skied once, and aqua jogged to round out my cross training!

Run Around All Named Bodies of Water in Minneapolis

Being injured for a good chunk of the year and having a baby really messed up my running this year. I ran about 255 miles this year, not counting aqua jogging.   Shoot, I only ran 1 race. So, I didn’t come close.   I’m going to put this on the back burner for 2011 and maybe try again in 2012.

Read the Entire Bible in a Year

I finished up and read through all 66 books of the Bible.  I fell behind a lot, but this year’s plan allowed for at least 5 days each month to catch up. You can find the plan here.  Reading through this way means I saw new things, but you also go fairly fast through a lot. A lot of days I also was just reading to get it done, not really to study.  For 2011 I’m going to do a different study plan through

Read a Book a Month

While some months I didn’t finish a new book, others I read several and made up for it.  I read a total of 13 books (if you count the Bible).  The last one I finished on my Kindle.  These books are in no particular order.

  1. In A Sunburned Country
  2. The Associate
  3. The Expectant Father: Facts, Tips and Advice for Dads-to-Be
  4. On Becoming Babywise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep
  5. The Perfect Mile
  6. Enjoying Prayer
  7. Born to Run
  8. A Walk in the Woods
  9. In the Name of Jesus: Reflections on Christian Leadership
  10. Cause Wired
  11. The Bible
  12. Muslims, Christians, and Jesus
  13. Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World

I’m going to do this again for 2011.  I liked the pressure forcing me to find time to read.  I’m going to add a different dimension and try to read a greater variety/diversity of books.  Do you have titles that I should add to my list? I’m also going to try to balance reading books on my Kindle and “real” books.  I downloaded 20 free books to my Kindle and I have a ton of hardcopy books that I need to read.

Blog Regularly

I started out really well and then things fell apart this fall.  Oddly, this blog turned into almost just a picture blog. I hope you enjoyed the pictures! I’m surprised at how well I did on the 365 picture blog.  I know that I missed one day completely and a couple of days I took pictures but they were so bad I couldn’t post them.  Hopefully, next year will provide more opportunities.  I’m not sure what I’ll do in 2011.  I want to keep blogging, so I’ll figure something out.

How did you do on your 2010 goals? What do you have planned for 2011?

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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Best of 2008: Personal Race Experience

Here is a  list of my best performances at each distance this year:

TC 1 Mile 5:27  MCQ = 39:13

USATF 5000m 19:51MCQ = 41:14

Human Race 8k 31:27 MCQ = 39:38

Get in Gear 10k 41:30 MCQ = 41:30

MDRA 15k 1:03:24 MCQ = 40:55

Rochester Half-Marathon 1:33:22  MCQ = 41:58

City of Lakes 25k 1:48:40  MCQ = 40:34

Twin Cities Marathon 3:25:43  MCQ = 43:41

Based on how I felt during and after the race I’m going to say it is between the MDRA 15k and City of Lakes 25k.  City of Lakes was an average pace of 6:59 while the MDRA 15k was a 6:48 pace. The number next to the finish time above is the McMillian Calculator‘s 10k equivalent.

I would have picked City of Lakes as my best performance of 2008 but according the the somewhat scientific method of McMillian the TC 1 Mile was my best overall performance, then the 8k, then City of Lakes.

I know that using McMillian’s calculator isn’t neccessarily the most precise way to figure this out.  Do you have a better method?

Best of 2008: Most Read Articles

Here is a nice objective look at what was the most popular item from 2008 on this blog.  Using Google Analytics I can track which post recieved the most hits.  One small problem is that I left up the old Run Central Indiana site for much of the year before I began auto-forwarding the old links.  So I’ll go back and add up those hits as well to determine the top 5 viewed posts from 2008.

5) Ways to Ruin Your Next Race (which also made last year’s top 5)

4) June 30 & July 4 Races

3) Caffeine is a Banned Substance

2) Race Review of the Indianapolis Half Marathon

1) Merry Christmas from Team Cross

Seriously… that isn’t a slick joke, our last year’s Christmas greeting has almost 2x’s as many hits as any other post.  I’m not really sure why.  Maybe some analytics pro can help me figure this oddity out.

Some notable honorable mentions are Volunteering at the 2007 Chicago Marathon, Race Review of the 2007 Drumstick Dash, and a product review of my Pearl Izumi shorts.

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