Friday, January 01, 2010

52x52

I reached my goal of 52 marathons by my 52nd birthday, running the 52nd marathon today and turning 52 tomorrow. I kicked around the idea last summer and finally made the decision in mid October. I had to run 5 marathons in nine weeks to do it. It wasn't too hard and I found I really enjoyed the process.

Today's marathon was the First Call, a small, free marathon put on by one of the Maniacs. There was a 50K option, a marathon and a half. Eric and Steve are running a 50K tomorrow, so they volunteered today. We had a great time out there, running in a pack of Y Runners. Rob, Jenny, Margaret, Jessica, Abi, Rick and I ran together, shifting back and forth all day long. It was a lot of fun. There are no pictures to share though, because our camera gave up the ghost at Pigtails two weeks ago. Now we have to buy another...

There is no rest for the weary, because I'm on to the next goal: running the entire 24 hours of PacRim. I suspect I should be able to hit 80 miles at a minimum in that time frame. Of course, that means I've got a bit of training to do. My planned races are on the sidebar. Of course, we've also got some WS100 training going on at our house, so it's going to be a busy six months.

And finally, for those of you who didn't see it on Facebook, here are my 2009 stats:

Mileage: 1866
Races: 1-5K, 12 marathons, 2-50K, 1-100K

Happy Running and Happy New Year!

17 comments:

Sarah said...

Congrats on a great year and accomplishing your goal. Happy New Year and early Happy Birthday!

Donald said...

Hooray for 52!! Way to go, Michelle. Have a great 2010!

Juls said...

Congratulations Michelle and Happy 52nd Birthday!

olga said...

Hapyy birthday, Michelle!

Thomas said...

Congratulations, though there weren't any serious doubts that you would make it.

I still remember your first marathon. Now you've done 52 of them!!!!

Joe said...

For someone with a chronic heart condition, this is just a marvelous accomplishment, Michelle! And, isn't it interesting how a nice set of numbers (52 by 52) can be oh so motivating??

Happy Birthday!! Enjoy the day, to the hilt! And, if you ever get a new camera, do entertain us with more foot photos!!!!

Ovens2Betsy said...

Awesome Michelle! And happy 52nd birthday :)

Ironayla said...

Congrats on the 52 (marathons and your birthday)!!! I look forward to hearing about PacRim :)

TooeleTwins said...

Wow! Congratulations, but I knew that you would achieve your goal. From what I've read, you're amazing!

Wes said...

I saw it on Facebook, and I am no less amazed at the awesomeness :-)

Darrell said...

Congratulations, Michelle and Happy Birthday, what a cool accomplishment.

So Facebook, is why we see less of you around here, huh?

Anne said...

Woo-eeey - you did it, Michelle! I hope there was an extra cup of Starbucks liquid to help celebrate.

Sunshine Girl said...

You. Are. The. Woman.

Irene said...

Happy New year and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Jack said...

Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

lizzie lee said...

Sorry I couldn't stop by before... Congratulations... My Hero...!!!

lizzie lee said...

1,866 miles ... HOLY COW!!!!!!! I had to be happy with 560!!!! Double Hero!!! and Happy B'day!