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Happy New Year!

Apple Pie



Hey there Loopsters!  Hope you all had a good holiday and are excited for what 2020 has in store for us.

2019 was a good year for me in a lot of regards.  I changed jobs and as a result, am in a much better work environment.  I like what I do now, feel appreciated, and have much less stress.  Can't ask for much more than that, right?

Because I have more time - and more importantly, because I've been healthy - I had my strongest running year in a while.  On Saturday, I went over 700 total miles for the year!  Much better than the 504 miles in 2018 or the 223 miles in 2017, and a little better than the 630 miles in 2016.  My high was 1,117 miles in 2014 so I have something to shoot for in the coming year.

I made some progress this year getting faster.  In the first few months of 2019, my average pace for all distances was 10:15 to 10:20 per mile.  I track it by month and it goes up and down based on the length of runs in each month.  By the end of the year, I was down just below 10:00 pace.  In fact, every one of my runs in December was at 9:59 pace or below!  So that was pretty cool and made me feel good.

Being an engineer, I obviously like the numbers that I keep track of, but the best thing about this year is the amount of joy running brought me.  After a few rough injury-plagued years, running has been so much fun for me this year.  Lots of runs where I finished with a smile.  Lots of runs where I was really glad I ran.  And even those runs where I had no energy, I was content that I was able to run as far as I did.

I look forward to 2020 as a continuation of the progress I've made this year.  I'm picking out a few half marathons to do.  My wife is talking about starting to run (she's a biker, not a runner) so that would be awesome to do some running with her.  I expect my pace to continue to drop.  And my total miles to increase.  Sounds pretty good.  So bring on 2020! 

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Happy New Year, AP. A bad workplace makes almost everything else bad, even the good stuff. Here's to another triple-digit running year.

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Congrats on finishing a good decade on a high note!  And your comment about being the cherry on the sundae really made my day when I read it on my bloop!  Such a great analogy!👍


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