Traditionally, December is the month to take stock of the past year, to review the highlights, the lowlights and to begin to plan for the following year. Part of it is calendar-driven. Another part,I believe is weather-driven as the cold drives us inward and the dark mornings and early nightfall drain us of some motivation to leave the house.
Looking back at 2009, Ryan Lamppa notes his top 10 best moments for U.S. Distance Running in 2009 in a posting on RunningUSA.org.
His No. 1 moment -- Meb Keflezighi winning the New York City marathon to break a 27-year draught for American men at the race.
Watching that race (thanks to my brother and sister-in-law and their fancy digital recording device) was one of my highlights of 2009 as was being a spectator at my first Lake Placid Ironman.
My highlights from 2009 of course include finishing my first marathon and my first 70.3 race. But there are other fond memories from 2009 -- setting a 5K PR this summer with the help of my friend Karyn who, as we were on pace to break it, told me, "Hey, you can do anything for five minutes"; traveling to my first "big city" running event in Miami and learning what it was really like to run until my legs couldn't move; refueling with pancakes after long training runs and long training rides; making new friends who are more than just training partners, they are friends who encourage me, pick me up, and celebrate with me.
What were some of your favorite athletic moments of 2009? Now is the time to reflect. After all, 2010 is around the corner, and a new set of goals, challenges and fun await.
--- Amy Moritz