Time to do a little recap of 2010 and get on to 2011!
The Run Your Potential runners had a great year so let me list some highlights:
The coach managed 14 races in 2010. The total included 3 Marathons, 2 Half Marathons, 7 5K’s, and 2 mile races. The best times were:
USATF Road Mile in 4:57
Dana Point Turkey Trot 5K 16:57
California International Marathon in 2:42:01
Here’s a good picture near the finish of the road mile which was held on the old air strip of the El Toro Marine Base. That was a really fun race and intend to go back in 2011.
Laurent had a great year!
At the Marathon distance he went from a PR 3:24 at the San Diego RnR in June to a big PR 3:10 at CIM in December.
At the Half distance he started the year with a 1:33 at the LA 13.1 Half and in October set a PR 1:26 at the LA RnR Half.
In March he ran a 10K time of 41:24 at the Spirit Run and in November a PR 39:10 at the Dino Dash.
All very solid improvements and he is just starting to really get into the swing of things as the year closed out. Next big goal for him is running a PR at the Boston Marathon in April ’11.
Matt ran the OC Marathon in May and qualified for the Boston Marathon with a ‘perfect pacing’ time of 3:19:23. After major celebrations lasting for weeks, he toed the line at the Down Town Anaheim 5K in June and set a PR of 19:44. He also went 19:21 at the Long Beach 5K but hard to count that one since the course was short. At any rate, Matt is totally committed to the training for the 115th Boston Marathon coming up in just a couple months and looking to PR at the marathon once again.
Robert also had an incredible running year in 2010. After many seasons of trying to qualify for Boston we laid out a Run Your Potential plan to make sure he had a good chance. The Long Beach Marathon was the venue and Robert did not disappoint by running a very even split 3:32:55 .. about 3 minutes faster than what was needed to achieve his goal! Robert is also in the thick of training for his first Boston Marathon and looking forward to seeing him run a great race there.
Sydney had a great year but with a tough finish. After setting a huge PR at the SD RnR Marathon she trained all summer for the Marine Core Marathon. She ran more than she ever had and some great tune up races. She had the fitness to easily qualify at MCM (including running the first 20 miles of the Camarillo Marathon at BQ pace as a training run!). But her achilles heel turned out to be her achilles heel. In the marathon minor problems have a way of becoming major problems and Sydney’s heel started to protest heavily with only half the race over. Despite slowing to see if it would go away, it became apparent that continuing on would risk some serious injury. So for the first time in her running career she decided to stop, which was the smart thing to do. Now Sydney is running pain free and training has started for the OC Marathon coming up in May. Sometimes running is a sport of delayed gratification and we see great things in store for Sydney this year!
Sabrina ran a big 3 minute PR at the OC marathon in May with a 3:08:37 After doing some shorter races in the summer she started ramping back up for a fall marathon. Unfortunately some minor issues came up that kept pushing back the training schedule until we could decide to put it together for the Surf City Marathon in early February. We did quite a few training runs on the course which allowed her to become very familiar with the layout of the course and the terrain she would encounter. On race day she was on target until late in the race but she dug very deep during the last 10K and crossed the line in 3:03:41 for third place woman overall and a nearly 5 minute PR!!
Lauren ran a wide variety of races in 2010. She started with the Southern California Half, then ran the Spirit Run 10K on the way to running her first Boston Marathon! She quickly followed that with the OC Marathon two weeks later! Later in the summer she ran the Bulldog 50K Ultra .. her longest race to date and the Pacific Coast Triathlon in September. Now she is training for a big PR at the OC Marathon in May.
Susan put in some great training which translated into outstanding races in 2010. She ran a 18:47 PR at the Carlsbad 5000 .. more than a minute and half better than the year before! Then she ran a 1:27:57 at the OC Half which was another PR. Next up was an 18:34 PR at the Magic Shoe. In October she ran a 1:25:02 at the Long Beach Half which was almost 2 minutes faster than her OC Half time. An excellent year and really looking forward to seeing what she can do in 2011!