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Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Hello 2011 and 2010 in Review.

Hope everyone's had a great christmas and new year!

My laptop is well and truly broken so I'm pretty much unable to blog, or read many blogs very often at the moment. I'm hoping to get it fixed soon... Unfortunately I fear I may have lost all my photos, including all Tia's kitten pictures and Roxie's puppy pictures and pictures of my four hamsters who have all sadly died now... I'm so sad. It should teach me to back my stuff up though. I've also lost my electronic copy of my masters dissertation and all my uni work... I feel pretty silly, everyone knows you should back your stuff up. Do it now if you haven't already!

Anyway, back to the post.. How did I do with my 2010 goals... Well, not too bad in running but not too good in other news!!

2010 Review and 2011 Goals.
Complete half marathon Done 2.25.21. At the beginning of 2010 the furthest I'd ever run was 4 miles, that seems insane now! Distance PB is 13.8 miles.
One mile in >7.30 This one I'm really proud of, my current fastest mile is 6.43 which I did in October. at the beginning of the year my fastest time was 7.55!
Two miles in >15.30 minutes Done in 15.24 back in March (16.23 in 2009).
Three miles in >24.30 minutes 3 miles done in 24.04 (25.25 in 2009), 5k in 24.51, done in September.
Four miles in >35 minutes 32.48 (from 37.50 in 2009) done in September too.

Running goals for 2011..
Beat my half marathon time on the same course.
Fit running in around work and other commitments.. You all know I've struggled transitioning into full time work, I hope to get my balance right in 2011.
Keep working on, and improving speed and endurance.
Improve on pacing and ability to get negative splits.
Get my 1 mile time under 6.30.
I did 468.6 miles in 2010. I would like to do 621 in 2011 which is 1000km.

Hold a plank for 3.30 minutes 3.53 - acheived in May from 2.30 in 2009.
3 pull-ups in a row Never managed to do 1 from dead hang. Flunked this goal. Best try again this year...
5 chin-ups in a row Managed 5 but not from dead hang..
30 push-ups in a row (current 10) I got up to 30.

Strength goals for 2011..
Do the 100 push-up challenge in its entirity.
Work on chin-ups from dead-hang, do 2 in a row
Keep on top of core work. Get plank back up to where it was and up to 4 minutes.

Improve hooks and uppercuts – practice in sparring
Improve stance so weight is spread more evenly
Win my first fight!

My boxing goals still stand, I've definately made improvements on them but still not had my first fight due to many things which you're probably bored of hearing about! Maybe this year?

New Years Resolutions
Do core workouts twice a week I lost motivation with this with the boxing drama(s) and didn't acheive it.
Neck exercises once a week Same. I stopped these hated exercises when we stopped boxing.
Wrist curls once a week Same as other boxing ones.
Isometric punches once a week Same as other boxing ones.
Boxing three times a week Same... did well at first though, like the others!
Running three times a week (distance, sprints and intervals) I've pretty much stuck to this one barring the last three months when I wanted a break. Then the snow ice came and lack of treadmill forced a break!
Follow pull-up/chin-up plan This kind of dropped off when we stopped boxing too..

New years resolutions for 2011..
Looking realistically at last year I want to set goals I can reach.
Core at least once a week
Running three times a week
Follow 100 push-up plan three times a week. If I reach 100, maintain strength.
Do chin-ups every week.

Weekly Totals back for motivation!

I've already done my first run... The snow came back today (It's not too bad though) I'm hoping it doesn't freeze overnight, I have 5 miles planned for tomorrow and I intend on doing them!

My first run back was a tempo run. It was not a great run to be honest. The first mile I was like hell yeahhhhhh I'm running yippeeeeee.. Then the second mile which was my first tempo mile I was thinking ok, I can do this I'm on pace and it isn't too bad... Third mile (2nd tempo mile) was just awful. I was really slow compared to what I was supposed to be running and I'm just not sure what happened. I got really dizzy and had to stop three times to regain myself. I think it's 'cause I've had a stonking cold and sore throat since New Years Eve and I've been working a lot.. Guess it's just took it out of me a bit. I'm hoping tomorrow is more successful!

Mile 1 (warm-up) - 9.16
Mile 2 (tempo) - 8.29
Mile 3 (tempo) - 9.01
Mile 4 (cool-down) - 10.06

36.52 average pace 9.13

I'm following the 5k plan from Run Less Run Faster until mid February when half marathon training begins eeeeeeeeeeee!!

I hope I'm back sooner next time, I miss reading blogs and blogging!


  1. Yay glad to see you are back- is there any way you can try to rescue your pics? I am not techy at all but if you know someone who could have a fiddle they might be able to take the hard drive out and put it in another computer for you to save stuff to memory sticks? Or take it to a computer shop? You might have done these things already but they are worth a try if not?
    Great progress on your goals :)

  2. Happy New Year Laura! You did great in 2010 and I'm sure 2011 will be amazing for you...yay for marathon training :)

  3. lots of people's first runs back were tempos. yuck hahahha! what a great year for you and yay for 2011 goals :)

  4. Oh no! I lost a lot of my old pics too when my laptop died...they're not still kicking around on a memory card at all?

    So happy to see you back to blogging and it looks like you achieved a lot of your goals. I am praying for no snow tomorrow too as I want to run to/from the gym for spin. I hate that treadmill!

    That cold is nasty as heck ~ I had it too and it's very draining so don't beat yourself up over your speed.

    Happy New Year and good luck with all your new goals.

  5. Horrible to live without a computer! I hope you get it resolved quickly.

    Great job on the goals last year--you really smashed some!

  6. Great goals for next year! You really did great on 2010 too! We are getting snow here too. I hope we don't get too much because then I wont be able to go for a run!

  7. Ugh sorry your laptop is dead. i really hope you can recover the photos :-( Since my IT issues, my runs have been less than stellar mentally. Just gotta get out of your head (that's what I'm trying to do). Good job getting out there and I hope you have a good run tomorrow!

  8. We've missed you! I also thought I'd lost a load of stuff when the hard drive in my last laptop exploded. But then I found a guy who recovered everything for me for £60. Have you asked around?

    If you've been off the boil with the running for a while then it is going to feel HARD coming back. But it'll happen fast if you're consistent. You've got a great base from last year.

    I notice no mention of boxing in 2011. Is that well and truly nixed?

  9. Sorry to hear your laptops died. You've done really well on your goals and have set great ones for 2011, good luck with them all!

  10. Good luck with your goals they all sound great! Sorry to hear about your laptop. I hope you get it all sorted soon.

  11. Welcome back Laura! I have not been blogging as much as usual too. I am still waiting for our MAC that my hubby promised me. There are three people in this house who fight over the computer! Unfortunately, homework comes first:)

    Awesome job in 2010! You have accomplished so much and I know good things are coming your way for 2011! You are getting stronger, faster and fitter! I predict many PRs knocking on your door:) Take care and hugs!

  12. Great job and goals! What a drag about the laptop...

  13. Hiya

    You did great against your running resolutions I think. I haven't run since the beginning of November due to weather and illness and I know its going to be painful when I pick it back up again.

    Hope you manage to recover your lost stuff from the laptop. Happy new year!

  14. great job meeting your goals. You did great.