I like doing One Year Retrospectives. There’s just so much that can change in one year, it’s fun to look back and see those changes in one – very short – timeline. I looked back on my one year of boot camp. I looked back on one year from ending my first 13.1 training class as a participant, to ending one as a pacer. But today I look back on the actual calendar year in running because I vowed last year to log all of my runs so I have something I can actually look back on…my running log.
Yesterday, Donnie and I ran our last race of the year. It just so happened to be a 50K. I talked him into signing up at the last minute to help me finish because I was doubting my abilities since I had not done a long run since my marathon three weeks ago.
It ended up being one of the best distance races I’ve ever run! I ran more of it than another other marathon or ultra-marathon in the past. I only had one recurring issue (quad cramps) but it was relatively easily rectified with a few stretch breaks. I beat my last 50K by about 45 minutes. And while this course might have been a bit easier, it wasn’t that much easier so I feel good calling it a PR. I’ll do an actual race report for the 50K later, but for now, just know it was wonderful.
All in all? A great way to end the year.
Yep. That’s how far I ran in 2012. My goal was to do at least 100 miles a month and I did it except for the month of September which is when I had my miscarriage and D&C. So, let’s just ignore that month and recognize that at least my average was over 100 miles each month. I think it’s funny I cut it the closest this month in which I ran one marathon and one 50K. Over half of my miles this month were racing. THAT’S WEIRD, Yo.
Here’s a breakdown of the big race accomplishments of the year, that I can actually remember. I’ve done quite a bit so I may be forgetting something!
Races of 2012
- 2 Half Marathons
- 1 25K trail race
- 1 15K
- 2 10Ks
- 1 10-miler
- 1 5-miler
- A handfull of 5Ks
- 1 trail marathon
- 1 road marathon
- 2 ultra marathons on trails
Considering 2011 saw one half marathon and a few 5Ks, I’d say I stepped it up a notch this year. And I celebrated that by allowing myself to put the “ultra” sticker on my car. Donnie bought it for me for Christmas thinking I’d put it on immediately because I had run an ultra marathon! Why wouldn’t I put it on?
But I felt like putting it on would jinx me, and I wanted to wait until I finished the other ultra marathon I’d signed up for. So, last night? After completing my last ultra marathon of the year? I put that baby on the van proudly! Hell, when I finished that race yesterday I seriously considered tattooing “50K” across my forehead so everyone would ask me about it. I WAS THAT PROUD.
Just a great end to a great year of running. I definitely had my share of downs this year, and I feel like I’ve been experiencing new levels of anxiety I’m not proud of, but my running? That is something to celebrate 2012 for, and I will, for all of 2013.
And I will do this with a lot of ass-sitting because, DAMMIT, I deserve it.