Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012: In Running

Well, 2012 has come and gone. I haven't been able to blog as much as I would have liked (hello, life!), but thought it would be fun to look back at my year 'in running'.

The Numbers
  • miles logged: 2561 - not including tomorrow's run... planning on 6 or 7 more to finish the year!
  • races run: 14
  • highest mileage week: 62 - training for the IL Marathon
  • pairs of shoes gone through: 4 or so
  • money spent on running shoes: don't even want to think about it
  • Clif bars consumed: probably 250 or so, love those things! 
  • number of miles run with my Business Man: oh, about 2. :) I'll turn him into a runner someday... though he did run his first 5k! (with no training)

Overall, it was an awesome year for running. I was really blessed to see a PR in every distance from the 5km to the marathon.

I started the year by pretending to be in college again with an indoor 5km... luckily I was able to hold my own and broke 19 minutes for the first time! (Debating whether I should run this race again in 2013...)

18:50 PR

In March, my Business Man & I traveled to Chicago and I 'got lucky' with the Get Lucky Half the day after St. Patrick's Day on the Chicago lakefront. The 80*F+ temps weren't so lucky though.

1:30:14, paced by two awesome pacers!

The IL Marathon in April was exciting and fun... I hung out with the 3:15 pace group until about mile 21 when they were all-of-a-sudden 50 meters ahead of me. I still don't know how that happened. 

That time I convinced Talen to run a marathon, too. Oh wait, I did it again this year for Boston. Ran a 3:22 PR.

I ran my favorite hilliest & hottest race in June - the Steamboat Classic. For as long as I can run, I will go back to Peoria the third weekend in June and run Steamboat.

63:55, but not the fastest 15km of the year.

The tastiest race was by far the Pumpkin Classic 10km... I surprised myself quite a bit here with my performance. Guess those pumpkin donuts served as good motivation.

38:58 PR

And I finished up the fall racing season with a trifecta of races three weekends in a row. Half-marathon, 15km, half-marathon. Though I wouldn't suggest setting up your races that way, I was a bit fatigued at the end.

Post-Columbus Half - 1:27:09 PR

I'm a little exhausted looking back at this year of running. Just gotta gear up to do it all over again! I've started training for Boston in April, I will definitely be back to give weekly updates. (If only to keep myself organized. :-P) I am very excited to see what 2013 will bring!


Megan Fankhauser said...

The Fankhausers would like to know how you stay motivated post college (that comes from Seth) and Mrs Fankhauser would like to just break an 1:50 half marathon and complete a full getting as close to 4 hours ask possible. Seeing your 1:27 makes me excited for you, but sick to my stomach! Hopefully reading this blog will motivate me as I start my first marathon training!

Sara said...

@Fankhausers - Thanks for reading! I am really really lucky because I met another couple who are crazy runners and they live just 3 blocks from me. They run about my pace and we meet 4-5 days a week at 5:30am to run. If not for them it would be SO much harder. Other than that I don't know much for motivation ideas... What marathon are you guys running??

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