Friday, December 31, 2010

My 2010 Year in Review

The term "time flies when you're having fun" definitely applied to me this past year and I can't believe 2010 is history. I decided to do a quick recap highlighting some of the main memories from each month and whatever else comes to mind.

  1. January 1, 2010:  Joe Grant and I drove over to Bend, Oregon and ran the Badass 50k w/ some other friends and had a good time camping out in the badlands.
  2. February- Took a road trip to run the trails on Orcas Island, WA and was blown away by the beauty up there! Met some great people in the process.
  3. March-  Had a good race up at The Chuckanut Mountain 50k
  4. April-  Found out the gender of our baby on Friday and won Peterson Ridge Rumble 60k the following day in Sisters, Oregon.  
  5. May- Made a spontaneous road trip with Browning, Meissner, and Ashley Nordell to Reno, NV and I ended up winning and setting the course record at The Silver State 50k.
  6. June-  4th place overall at Bighorn 100 and felt good about how I ran on a pretty rugged course.
  7. July- Worked a camp a Mt. Hood for students w/ disabilities that changed the course of my career.  Raced to a 5th place at USATF 50-mile Championships at White River, WA.
  8. August- Welcomed our baby girl Farah into the world at 9:53 pm on August 28th here in Portland, Oregon.  One of the greatest days of my entire life!  And we share the same birthday :-)
  9. September- Witnessed my wife Erica fight her way through a nasty uterine infection so we could start our little happy family together.  She's such a good mom....I couldn't do any of this without her!
  10. October- I ran a pretty good Portland Marathon on 10-10-10....but boy did it hurt!
  11. November-  First time visiting Ashland, Oregon and ran Lithia Loop Trail Marathon.
  12. December- Did some good snowshoeing, snowboarding, and visiting family and friends in the east introducing Farah to everyone.
To be honest this past year was one of the best years I have ever had on so many different levels.  I am so grateful to have had the opportunities to accomplish the aforementioned adventures.  Many of it would not be possible without such a strong and supportive wife and family.  Thank you Erica....I love you!  Also...thanks for the friends and training partners that accompany me and make me a better runner and know who you are!  Thank you to my sponsors who make my life so much easier.  Inov-8, Udo's Oil, Living Harvest, Drymax Socks...I'm really proud to be representing such righteous companies.  Sometimes I need to pinch my cheek to see if I'm dreaming.  If 2011 is half as good as this past year I'll be a happy camper!

Happy New Year and thanks for reading!


Scott Keeps Running said...

Great year, Yassine. Nice meeting you at White River. Here's to an equally fantastic 2011!

Scott Dunlap said...

The best year ever, yet I get the feeling you've only begun to find your best as a runner, father, and friend. 2011 will be epic for sure.

Great to see you on the trails this year, and I hope to do it again soon.

Malcolm said...


Bravo and great to see such a wonderful person so happy. You deserve it all.

Happy New Year mate.


Sarah Lavender Smith said...

Really impressive list -- and I'm glad to discover your blog! I look forward to reading it in 2011. I also like how your list shows your love of family as well as of running (so neat that your baby has same birthday). I hope you'll check out and consider linking to my new blog Happy new year.

Rob said...

Big year for you, and not only with your running! Glad we crossed paths at Bighorn. Maybe Hardrock this year?

Yassine said...

Thanks everyone! and so nice meeting you all this past year. Hope to see you soon....Happy New Year and happy trails!