Sunday, December 31, 2006

Finish Line Hindsight

2006, or any year for that matter, slightly resembles a long distance road race…

January starts with a bang as we vie for position and hustle to stay true to personal and professional resolutions. We find our pace and place as the months stride quickly by. The summer comes, fatigue mounts and the finish line seems impossibly far away. Summer slips by and turns to Autum. With determination we press on through the busiest months of the year. At last the year’s frenzied end approaches and we sprint into the holiday finish line.

The week between Christmas and New Years Eve brings to mind those moments after crossing the finish line where you catch your breath, check your time and reflect on the race.

My running highlights of 2006 include:

  • Ran a total of 1,260 logged miles (further in reality) in six different States
  • Ran 17 organized races for a total of 152.4 racing miles
  • Set personal records in the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, & 5k
  • Raised over $3,600 by running for The Alzheimer’s Association
All in all it was a pretty good year! As for my 2007 goals... I'm really not sure. I have given thought to trying to qualify for the Boston Marathon. I have pondered training for and running my first ultra-marathon. I have also considered giving the triathlon a whirl. They are all worthwhile aspirations and with the right combination of devotion, effort and chance they are feasible as well.

Whatever your goals may be I wish you a fast and injury-free 2007.

Happy New Year!

"A good resolution is like an old horse, which is often saddled but rarely ridden."
-Mexican Proverb


Yvonne said...

What an impressive 2006 you had! Here's wishing you an even better 2007!
Thanks for the great blog reading.
Happy New Year to you and Selena.

Mark MacLeod said...

Those are very commendable accomplishments for 2006. Best of luck in 2007!

Uptown Girl said...

Wow, what a 2006.

Happy New Year and may 2007 be even better.

angie's pink fuzzy said...

happy new year!

Phil said...

Great accomplishments in 2006 Josh. PRing in every distance from 5K through Marathon shows you're general fitness level must be at an all time high. Sounds like you are steep ascent. 2007 should be even better.

And thanks again for running the Haiku contest. The non-poets out here in the blogsphere enjoyed watching the competition.

JustRun said...

What a 2006! Who PRs in every distance in a year? You should be really proud. But, I do understand the more, more, more, better, better, better mentality so here's to an even greater 2007!

Just12Finish said...

I'm still saddling up my horse. Good luck with your goals for 2007!

Sempre Libera said...

Happy new year!

stephruns said...

a great year for you! any ideas yet what ultra you want to run?

Morrissey said...

happy new year bro! Ultramarathons....just do it!

Bex said...

You accomplished quite a bit in '06! And I'm sure you'll qualify for Boston this year. Who knows, I may see you there as well in '08!