2010 in Review

It’s that time of year again.  One thing I like about blogging, even though I don’t do it much lately, is the chance to look back at a written record of things you might otherwise have forgotten.  In December there is always a flurry of posts across the internet like “Top 10 races of the year” or “best moments of 2010″ as well as “2011 race schedule” etc.  2010 also ends a decade (soft of), though technically that ended in 2009 since 2000-2009 is 10 years but hey, who’s counting :)

First a very high level overview of my life since 2000:

  • In 2000 I was living in Minnseota
  • In 2002 I had open heart surgery to repair a leaky mitral valve
  • In 2003 I ran my first 5K race and completed the entire distance with no walking
  • In 2005 I moved to California and took up running on a much more regular basis
  • In 2005 I ran my first 1/2 Marathon and Marathon.
  • In 2006 I started the Orange County Trail Runners group (now 200+ members)
  • In 2006 I completed my first (and several) Ultra Marathons
  • In 2007 I started the Twin Peaks Ultra Marathon
  • In 2008 I moved lots, including to Portland, Oregon
  • In 2009 I met Christina
  • In 2009 I ran 3 more marathons (my slowest 3)

And in 2010:

  • In January I went to visit my mom in Nevada after her boyfriend (basically my step dad) of nearly 30 years passed away)
  • In February I put on the 3rd annual Twin Peaks Ultra Marathon
  • In March I decided to start playing slow pitch softball again
  • In March I had my best running Month of 2010
  • In May I tore my ACL & MCL while playing softball when a girl plowed into me – no more running for a while!
  • In June I joined the My Run film team
  • In June we went to Minnesota for my step-dad’s funeral (and to spread my dad’s ashes).  My brother’s girlfriend (basically my sister in law) had a stroke while we where there.  He recovery is ongoing..
  • In July I put on the first annual Harding Hustle 30K trail race.
  • In July I had “surgery” to repair my ACL which turned out to be an exploratory surgery (not repair) since my doctor say my ACL up close and determined it was likely to heal on it’s own.
  • In July I started biking (in the gym) a lot.
  • In August I started running again!
  • In September I started coaching a fall softball team (we finished 5-2!)
  • In October I started playing Softball again for a few games.  In my short stint during 3 games I batted over .700
  • In November I joined the Eyes of Thailand film team
  • In December I accepted a job in Southern California!

So there we have it.  The good, the bad and the rainy!

Happy Running & Dirty Feet,
Jessica

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Moving!

The time has come… I accepted an offer with an awesome SoCal company and I will be moving back down very soon!  I’m excited to be back in California and excited to start for this new company.  I’m pretty busy with Christmas stuff, race planning stuff for Twin Peaks, and moving stuff.  Whew!  What a few weeks it’s been and will be for the next month..

December is also the time of year where I usually start to look at my race schedule for the following year.  I’ve already looked over 2011 and there are some awesome races I hope to run.  I actually have too many on my list to run them all so I will have to pick and choose.   There are some longer races that are higher up on my list that I hope to run:

May – Malibu Creek 22K
June – San Diego Marathon
July – Lake Tahoe 50K
August – Bulldog 50K
September – Noble Canyon 50K
October – Leona Valley Trail Marathon
November  - Javelina 100, Red Rock 40

Even the best laid plans can go awry.. so let’s see how 2011 shapes up!

Happy Running & Dirty Feet,
Jessica

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Short Story

I’m tired.  Is it the weather?  Is it my lack of recent exercise?  Was it the beer drinking and basketball watching night?

This morning I pulled up to work and blindly reached into the car cubby where I usually keep my access badge.  I grabbed it and shortly thereafter, got out of the car.  I walked up to the door and blindly swiped my card as I do almost every morning and it didn’t beep.  Oh no!  Did I not swipe out? (if you don’t swipe out – you can’t swipe in).  I finally looked down at my “badge” which happened to be a Burgerville reward card.

I need to go back to bed.

Jessica

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