The circumstances put soul in me
2010 in review.
Eleven races this year. 9 podium finishes (5 of those were wins), 1 DNF and 1 Olympic standard. The DNF in Boston was the first of my career. My one finish outside of the top 3 was actually my best race of the year. It’s also the first year since 2003 in which I vied for a National title and didn’t get one, although I did win team titles at National XC and National Track Champs. SPEED RIVER!!
The big lesson that I learned this year is that even though an injury doesn’t really hurt it can lead to a long lay-off. Both of my injuries this year didn’t scare me much because I knew they were soft tissue (not stress fractures) and they started off pretty mild (I was able to train for a while with slight discomfort). I’d like to say lesson learned but I did manage to make a similar mistake twice. Only a fool makes the same mistake twice.
However, that first injury steered me away from my Commonwealth Games 5000m goal and led me back to the marathon, which turned out OK in the end. For the second injury I just really wanted to run National XC in Guelph as it was the last of four years that we hosted and I missed the last two. Injuries are part of the game, I just need to manage them better.
Men’s marathon running in Canada ended up being a good one with three performances under 2:13. Since 1995 Canada has had 4 guys under 2:13, three were this year.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!