Oaklawn 19:21 (right after the 10k)
Blueberry fest 18:27 (new PR)
Run to Climax 28:59
Schoolcraft Firecracker 33:33
Borgess Run for the Health of It 1:32:46
Sunburst Hall of Fame to Notre Dame 1:33:00 (hace calor!!!)
North Country Trail 1:48:27 (3rd overall!!!)
5/3 Riverbank Run 1:47:43
Chicago 5:04:00 (how about that wall!)
Indianapolis Monumental 3:27:48
They clearly weren't all success stories but I learned something from each one. Sunburst I learned how hot it can get in early June. Chicago I learned you can't not run for two weeks before a marathon because you're sick, not adjust your strategy at all and not end up on a cot at an aid station for almost an hour at mile 20! Oh and you'll surely walk the last 6 miles after you leave that aid station. Finally in Indy I learned how an easy pace at the beginning and negative splits (and a lot cooler weather) can make for a much more enjoyable marathon experience. I was honestly ready to throw in the towel after the Chicago debacle but I knew if I just played it smarter next time I could have a marathon to be proud of. I was right; The first week of November I finally completed a 26.2 mile trek around town that made me happy. I have to say too that it was a great race all around! The weather was perfect, the race was well organized and it was a beautiful course for the most part too. I'd never been to Indy before but I quickly found the architecture was quite beautiful. If you find yourself looking for a midwest fall marathon I definitely recommend it!
With the end of 2011 rapidly approaching I've been looking back at the past year. I made some goals for myself 12 months ago and I'm on the cusp of reaching one that should have been crushed a couple of months ago and right now it's coming down to the wire! I set a goal of 1000 miles for the year and I am currently 27 miles short of that with less than a week to go. I know that doesn't seem like it's going to be hard, that's what I thought too until the nagging, sometimes sharp pain in my hip decided to be so annoying during this mornings run that the planned 7 miles turned into a disappointing 1.5. I'm hoping that with some Ice and Ibuprofen coupled with a day of rest tomorrow I can be back on track Tuesday night. Fingers are crossed, wood has been knocked, salt has been tossed. C'mon hip don't fail me now! I should have been able to check this one off months ago but the pneumonia in March that would't allow me to run for a month and a half and the part where I only ran six times between Chicago and Indy didn't help either. Another goal I had was staying smoke free and I'm very happy to announce that I have done just that and it's not looking like that's going to change anytime soon. I managed to meet a lot of the goals I set out for myself. There were a few I fell short on, and some I just didn't even come close to lol. I met plenty of new runners thanks to the Epic Crew and Kalamazoo Area Runners; I ran at least one race in every distance I'd planned on; I ran races in three different states; And I kept track of every mile I ran...in at least three different places...you know... for posterity sake. Looks like this week I'll have to work on some goals for the next 12 months.
I hope you all had plenty of joy over the last dozen pages of the calendar. I know I did! I'll leave you with some pictures to help illustrate the good times.
Epic Crew after the Kalamazoo Marathon and Borgess 1/2 Mar.
Having Fun During the Bakers Dozen Beer Run 13.1
Wearing womens sunglasses after 4 hours of drinking following the Bakers Dozen
|Having some fun at the start of the NCTR|
|Final sprint in the NCTR 1/2 "The Battle for 3rd"|
|Post race partying has been underway for 5 hours and 10 minutes at this point haha|
|Chicago Marathon before the "wall"|
|Made the front page of the Chicago Sun Times for the Marathon! No BS!|
|I love Halloween! Animallllll!|
|2nd Anual Epic Crew Bloody Mary Run|
|Finishing the Blueberry Fest 5K|
|The Loot from AG wins in the Oaklawn 10K and 5K|
|Bottle of wine and a big ass medal 3rd overall North Country Trail 1/2 Mar|
|Finishing 5/3 Riverbank 25K|
|Finsishing Indy Monumental!|