Looking back on 2008

by - Tuesday, December 23, 2008

I was reading through some of my posts from the beginning of the year and couldn't find one where I specifically stated any goals, but I had a few in my head. I knew I wanted to run another big race of at least half-marathon distance and I wanted to focus on increasing my speed in 2008.

I'm happy to say I accomplished both.

I ran the Lehigh Valley Half Marathon in April and shaved about 11 minutes from my previous best half marathon time, which qualifies in both categories.

I also ran a 5K PR at the Komen Race for the Cure and a five miler PR at the Celtic Solstice Five Miler.

Those are definitely some of the highlights from this year. I'm really happy with the progress I've made. I am consistently running faster and stronger than I was in past years.

Before, I'd often punk out in the winter and fade away from running a little bit because of the weather. This is the first year I've run fairly consistently from the end of November through December, and it's something I plan to continue in 2009.

The only real negative from this year was my knee injury that happened back in May. It was nothing I could have prevented, just a strange problem where my knee doesn't track straight up and down in the socket but instead pulls to the left. Unfortunately though, I missed the entire summer of running. I did almost two months of physical therapy before I was back on my feet.

I had to DNS the Baltimore 10 Miler in June and I couldn't register for the Virginia Beach Half Marathon over Labor Day weekend for the same reason. My knee also forced me to miss the Philadelphia Distance Run, another race I had had my eye on.

I think I recovered stronger though. I still tape my knee in longer distances as a precaution, but other than that I haven't had problems. Since the injury I have posted some of my fastest race times since I started running regularly and racing two and a half years ago.

I'm still working on my goals and planning my race calendar for 2009, which I will update with later.

This will most likely be my last post before the holidays so I hope you all have a great holiday season!

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  1. Goals are so important. They help me stay focused. I've already identified the events in which I will participate in '09. I'm looking more toward triathlons.

  2. Merry Christmas Jess! You had a good year, and you overcame some serious challenges!! Cheers!!

  3. way to go Jess! Good goals, and it's great to meet those goals. i'm working on some 2009 goals now.

    Merry christmas!

  4. awesome job on reaching your goals! cant wait to see what the 2009 calendar will look like :)

    have a great holiday!!!

  5. Nice year! And good luck with the knee!

    Merry Christmas!

  6. Anonymous3:49 PM

    A good running year for you! Nice!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, too! :)

  7. Sounds like it was a great year!!

  8. A good run year and a happy new year.

  9. wow I had almost the same running season, with the same knee injury!! And I'm finally enjoying winter running too..small world indeed, let's hope 2009 is injury free for us both