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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 Forward to 2011

Bienveni...2011, Adiósmildiez...!!!What should happen in 2011? Besides the obvious of world peace, what are some goals that I should try to accomplish in the next 365 days or so?

I gave you a glimpse in my “look back” about if I’m going to attempt those goals again or not.   So here they are for 2011 in no particular order:

Read 12 books with a variety of topics, genres, and styles. Suggestions welcome. I’m thinking I want to tackle a broader spectrum of literature.

Complete a Triathlon Square Lake Short Course, September 10. 0.5 Mile Swim 16.5 Mile Bike 5 Mile Run.  I got a really good deal on the entry fee, so why not!  This will help me get back into good shape while hopefully staying healthy.  I will throw in a few running races throughout the year.  I’m planning on leading a Ragnar team again too! So part of the monthly update will be how my training is progressing towards being in shape and tri specific training.

Finish this YouVersion devotional plan (Bible Study).  A short Bible reading and thoughts about it each day will hopefully provide a little more depth than just reading through the Bible a 3rd time.

Make a substantial change to one of my programs at work I’m not really sure what this will look like.  I’ve got a few ideas whirling around so I need to just actualize one of them and start working on it.

Blog Regularly Again this is up for debate on how to define regularly.  3 days a week seemed pretty reasonable for most of last year.  But I also want to focus on quality and not just quantity.  I want to keep Foto Friday going and I think part of this blog should be about my actual running and goings on.  Maybe I’ll try to write more about my runs and what is going on in my running/fitness life.

Learn how to use my digital camera and experiment with its features I’ve got a pretty nice camera and I’ve made it work, but I truly haven’t explored all of its features.  I enjoyed Project 365 because it made me take pictures and think about that each day, but using the cell phone didn’t capture the best quality pictures.  Again, quality over quantity.

Maybe that should be my mantra for 2011.  Quality over Quantity

I love how Emily setup her goals for 2011, though I’m not going to do it that way!  As her format she said, “In January, I will [goal], which I hope will [change this].”  I think it helps clarify why a goal is important or what you hope to get from that goal.

What are you thinking about for 2011?  Please do give your book suggestions.

Three Years Old – Happy Blogiversarry

via Flickr kharied

Wow this project is three years old! Thanks for coming along for the ride!  In honor of this birthday event I’ll be giving away a free entry to the June 20th Greenway’s Gridiron Gallop 5k.  To be entered to win all you need to do is comment, wishing Team Cross Runs a Happy 3rd Birthday.  You can recieve an additional entry by sending a tweet with a birthday message including me @crossn81 somewhere in the tweet.  Good luck! All entries must be submitted by midnight CDT on May 28.

Contest is only open to US residents.  I’ll contact you if you are the winner with pre-registration information.  There is no cash-value for this prize.  If you enter, win, and can’t race the event then sorry about your good and bad luck!  Feel free to wish me Happy Birthday and indicate “no entry” to remove yourself from the contest.  Blah, blah, blah.  Team Cross is not affiliated with the Greenway Gridiron Gallop and isn’t responsible for you or your actions on the 20th.

Thanks and good luck!