Five days into this new year of 2012, I'd like to take a look back at 2011.
I don't want to sound like a major braggart but, seriously, 2011 was an awesome year for my running. I mean awesome! The best part is that I didn't let my baby-induced lack of sleep ruin my running plans too much, nor did I give up on stretch goals just because I'm now firmly entrenched in the masters running category.
Instead, I did the best I could to meet the goals I set for myself at the beginning of the year. Here's how I did:
- Winter Marathon Relay in February -- DONE!
- 13.1 marathon in April -- DONE!
- Mother's Day 3.5-miler in May -- DONE!
- Freihofer's Run for Women 5K in June -- DONE!
- Indian Ladder trail run in July -- Nope, ran the Boilermaker instead and set a new 15K PR.
- Warrior Dash in August -- Nope, ran the Clove Run 10 mile instead and finished as first female!
- Race for the Cure 5k in October -- Nope, ran the Adirondack Half Marathon the weekend before instead and set a new half-marathon PR.
- Stockade-athon 15k in November -- Nope, ran a 10K on Long Island the same weekend instead and set a new 10K PR!
- That breastfeeding moms can run strong in races of all distances. I ran my first half-marathon (finishing in 1:49:29) when I was still full-on breastfeeding my 5.5 month old son. Here I am feeding him minutes before the start of the half:
- That turning 40 (or, in my case, 41) doesn't mean your PRs are in your past. Nope. Not even close. In fact, I hope to set many more PRs this year. And beyond!
- That nutrition matters. My eating was great for the first 9 months of the year. After the Adirondack half marathon in September, though, I let it slide. I've noticed a difference in my runs and I plan to get my eating back on track this year!
- That racing shoes help you to kick butt. I LOVED racing in these bad boys: