It's hard to believe that in a couple of hours this year will be over. This was a great running year for me and I was able to accomplish a few of the goals I set during the beginning of the year.
1. Complete a half marathon. Check! Race the Runways in April and Kennebec River Rail Trail in June
a. Finish in under two hours. Check! PR of 1:52:03
2. Complete a marathon. Check! Maine Marathon in September. Automatic PR of 4:24:00
3. Run a sub-50 10K. Nope. I only ran two 10Ks, the L.L. Bean on the 4th of July when I was horribly sick the night before and the Beach to Beacon in August in 1,000,000 degree heat.
4. Run a sub-23 5K. Nope. I only ran two 5Ks, one in May with no speed training and the other... see #5.
5. Run a race with my husband. Check! Sea Dogs Father's Day 5k pushing the boys in a double stroller, one of my favorites of the year.
6. Rediscover my abs. Kind-of. I started planking last month, but haven't made it a habit. I am the smallest I've been in 10 years, though.
7. Cross-train/weight lift on a regular basis. Huge fail. I think I used the row machine once.
8. Eat better. Another fail. I still love cheese, beer and sweets.
9. Sleep more. A little better than the previous year, but I've got to get myself to bed earlier.
10. Be better organized. Moving to a new house is like having a blank slate. I'm getting there.
I usually do not set mileage goals as it's hard to know what the year will bring. I did run a total of 730.1 miles, up from 423 in 2011. I'd like this year to be somewhere between 750 and 1000 miles. I stayed relatively injury-free with the exception of dealing with plantar fasciitis, though it wasn't debilitating.
Since I've now run 13.1 and 26.2, I hope to improve on those times. I'd love to go sub-1:50 in the half and go sub-4 in the full. Taking it easy the last quarter of the year has left me recharged and ready to get back into it. While I'd like to meet my 5K and 10K goals, I think I'll be focusing on the longer distances (which totally surprises me). If I happen to bust out some super fast times, that would be great, but I don't even have any on the schedule. My main focus this month is building my mileage back up because training for the Sugarloaf Marathon starts the end of January, though I'm still not 100% on a training plan. I'm starting out on the right foot and meeting up with Jen tomorrow morning for a six-miler.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy new year! See you in 2013!