Dr. Andy

Reflections on medicine and biology among other things

Thursday, December 31, 2009

2010 New Years Resolutions

1. Run at least 20 miles at USC Fat Ass 50k 1/2. If I'm training for a marathon this spring I'm not sure I need to do all 30+ miles

2. Go sub 6:40 at Pittsburgh Indoor Sprints

3. Run Pittsburgh Marathon; finish sub 3:30. My interpretation is this would qualify me for Boston as I'll be 45 for the 2011 running

4. Run 1500 miles

5. Row 1 million meters

6. Be able to do 10 pull ups and 20 dips (I can do 7 and 14 now, so it isn't a huge reach)

7. Blog more. More than 100 substantive posts in 2010

8. Learn to "tweet"

9. Finish a 100 mile race in late 2010.

10. Qualify for Western States Lottery

Year in Review

How did I do on my 2009 resolutions.

1. Finish Upper St. Clair 50K 1/3. No problem

2. Win Pittsburgh Indoor rowing sprints with time sub 6:35 1/2 and 1/2; won easily but 6:39

3. Finish Pittsburgh Marathon. Will probably run easy but would like to go sub
4 hours Fail. Didn't even get to enter as it was too popular

4. Finish Laurel Highlands (I'll say sub16 hours but I'm not really too sure how
it will go) Fail. Bowed out to go to a meeting about a new study. Probably worth it.

5. Finish a 100 sometime later in the year Fail; twisted knee at Oil Creek and dropped out after 50k. Was a wise decision

6. Run 1500 miles Close, but no cigar. 1371.5 which is not too shabby

7. Row 1 million meters Yep, 1,304,500 to the nearest 500.

8. Do more speedwork and enjoy it more Not really. Kept straining calf or hamstring. I think I need to find time later in the day to do this to avoid getting hurt when muscles are cold

9. Be able to squat all the way and keep both heels on the ground (I'm almost
there) Yes.

10. Read "In Search of Lost Time" all the way (I started early so I'm almost
done with the first book) Yes, and enjoyed it, although the endless descriptions of French society got a bit old

So 3 1/2 out of 10. I always say "If you always meet all your goals you should set some harder goals" but this was a pretty weak effort.

Other things were okay this year, so it wasn't all bad.