I don't know the exact number of miles I ran. Or biked. Or how many meters I swam.
But I do know, that I had probably the best year of racing.
The first few months of the year, I ran for fun. I was on a first marathon post-race high, and I didn't race until March, in a really fun run, the Tipp Hill Shamrock Run 4 miler. Where I managed a 1 minute PR.
I braved the cold morning temps of spring, and met my friends for training runs in hilly, downtown Syracuse, prepping for the Mountain Goat 10 miler. I gave that goat a smack down with an 8 minute PR.
Ah, injury. While walking Frank, I rolled my foot off a path, and twisted my foot. My podiatrist felt I needed custom inserts, and new running shoes. I had to take over a month's rest, and was unable to run in one of my favorite races, the Boilermaker #15k. The lovely race director let me defer my registration to 2012, so I was happy.
One I was healed, it was go time for the Irongirl Triathlon. My biggest fear was the swim, but I ended up really enjoying it, and a few times at the pool, people complimented me on my stroke. I must have been doing something right, because in the swim, I placed 192 out of over a 1,000 finishers.
Then it was time for marathon training, and fundraising. I'm thankful and appreciative to all who donated, I raised over $2,800 for The Children's Tumor Foundation.
I learned the name for a muscle that I didn't know I had, the pes anerus, which I now call Pez. I pulled that sucker pretty well, so much so that I had to alter my marathon training. My last training run was capped at 18 miles, so I wasn't sure how I was going to do in the race.
But I traveled down to the area I grew up, and one of my life goals came true.
Oh yeah, and I pulled off an 18 minute PR.
While I was at the expo, I met up with two fabulous bloggers, Miss Zippy, and Lisa.
I finished 2011 with a Turkey Trot 10k, I felt fabulous the entire race, and finished just under an hour.
Throughout the year I ran with this speedster:
spent time with this guy:
and goofed around with these two knuckleheads:
So what's on tap for 2012?
My race schedule has a few things on it, but I want to try something new.
I'd love to do a Ragnar Relay, or a Tough Mudder.
I'm contemplating the Philadelphia Marathon.
One of my resolutions is to do speed work, I know I can get faster, I just have to suck it up and go for it.
Other than that, the year is wide open, waiting to be filled with new adventures.
Happy New Year!
I wish you much joy, health, and peace.