Laura and I started off 2012 with a race. Instead of defending my title at the Resolution Solution 5k, I opted instead to volunteer as a course marshal at the Team Ortho Polar Dash. It's not as exciting as it might sound--course marshals are nothing like US Marshals. They don't get to capture fugitives, carry guns (although in Minnesota I suppose I could have), or have thick mustaches.
Though we didn't get the adrenaline rush of tracking a heroine dealer through the Sierra Nevadas, we did get free hand and foot warmers. Laura had five of them stuffed in-between her two pairs of socks. This mild winter has wussified me. I wasn't wearing mittens, so instead, I was pulling my fingers out of my gloves and wrapping them around the hand warmers in my palms. Luckily the runners I was cheering for were none-the-wiser. My gloves were thick enough to camouflage my frigid fingers' sissyness by maintaining a rigid shape (see photo).
|Notice the motionlessness of my right hand.|
2011 Goals - Check!
In 2011 I set some ambitious goals and some goals that were not quite as ambitious. I wanted to run 1800 miles for the year and complete my first 50k. Looking back, 1800 was a little soft of a goal. I trained for a marathon in April and then a 50k in July, followed by a Ragnar ultra relay with three legs totaling over 34 miles in less than 24 hours. Just to train for those three races I should have hit 2000 miles.
I wrote that if I trained seriously for the 50k the miles would take care of themselves--and they did, to the tune of 2409. I did estimate a few of those runs so it's possible I only ran 2397, but it's also possible I ran 2421.
I'd also made it a goal to set personal records in the 5k, 10k, 1/2 marathon, and marathon. I did that and set PRs in the 10 mile and 50k by default. Yes! Really, while those goals may sound tough, I hadn't raced a 10k since Labor Day of 2009, and hadn't run a serious 5k ever. It's amazing what training somewhat consistently for two years can do for PRs.
12 Goals for 2012
This year I'm going to do a list so it's easier to write this post next year:
1. Write some different kinds of blog posts.
2. Pace Laura during her next PR-setting marathon.
3. Get some misguided company to give me free stuff to review on my blog.
4. Break 4:50 in the mile.
5. Break 16:45 in the 5k.
6. Break 1:20 in the 1/2 marathon.
7. Run over 2500 miles.
8. Finish a triathlon without drowning or falling off the bike.
9. Learn more about running.
10. Make it a whole year without kidney stone removal surgery.
11. Break 34:45 in the 10k.
12. Turn 30 and run 30k.
It's been a fun year of blogging. I hope to keep this blog somewhat entertaining this year, though I fear successful completion of goal #10 may hinder my writing. Perhaps I can find an equally compelling non-running related subject to write about this year.
Happy New Year!