In my last blog post, I alluded to a few aspects of the 2012 season that I’m not too proud of.
- I compiled 2 DNF’s in 2012 – my first ever.
- I had ZERO PR’s in 2012.
- I had the most amazing training season EVER.
What an interesting dynamic. While in hindsight it would seem as though I had a pretty nasty season, but I really didn’t. I suppose this past year was a year of reflection for me. I wasn’t chasing PR’s or big finishes, I was really in it for the experience.
I’ll try to be short and sweet (that’s hard for this Minnesotan), but check out my year in review below, followed by what I hope 2013 will be – a much different outlook than 2012.
DNF – my first. I had been nursing a tweaked out knee for about a month before the race and it came back to get me at mile 11. You want to know what I learned about this one? Shit happens. MOVE ON.
1:54:10. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. I was coming back from my knee shenanigans and wanted to cruise down that canyon all smiles – mission accomplished.
25:23. Don’t let the time fool you – this course was a BEAST. I finished up second place female on a crazy course around the Air Force Academy Base north of Colorado Springs.
I was initially signed up for the 50K, but decided to drop to the 25K as I wasn’t ready to put that type of mileage on the legs yet. I still had a blast and LOVED the course.
2:35:13. Another beast of a course. A couple days before the race Ben asks me if I want to compete and I’m like, well OF COURSE I do! HA! Let’s just say I was cursing Ben’s name around mile 8 at a 7% grade heading up the pass. In true fashion though, at mile 13.7 (the finish line), Ben and I crossed together and I was all smiles.
23:06. I screwed the pooch on this one. I REALLY wanted a better finish, but just wasn’t training for speed at the time and can’t really complain if that’s the case.
4:07:08. You know, I wasn’t too disappointed about my time. It’s definitely not a PR, nor a time I’m proud of, but I had signed up on a whim only weeks before and wasn’t training for speed, simply for distance, so I was really happy with my finish and the fact that I felt REALLY good the entire time.
Hey, this may not have been a race, but I’m counting it anyway gosh darnit!!
DNF at mile 34. Altitude-induced asthma is my best guess. Whatever it was, I was extremely disappointed about this one, but overjoyed with Ben’s first ultra finish.
25:03:43. Second place overall and first place in our division? ‘Nuff said.
29:30:36. Ahhh, my beloved Rock Runners. I just love these people. We had such a good time on our second Wild West Relay and clearly the photo speaks volumes (thanks again Donna D!). Finished up 25th overall and 6th in our category.
2 hours-ish. 7th Female – 4th in AG – 19th Overall. BEAUTIFUL race – had a blast.
2:00:17. I was hoping all the trail training would have helped me with a better time, but c’est la vie. I still had a great time at my favorite race, and how can you not when you are proposed to at the finish line?!
22:43. Dang. This one kind of eats at me a little because I was on track to finish sub-22:00 but that stupid wind at the turn at mile 2 just KILLED me. Still felt great throughout and can see some 5K PR’s in my future :).
That’s it, that’s all, 2012 is a WRAP.
No PR’s, no big finishes, just strong legs and a happy heart.
So, what does 2013 look like for me? Well, the only goal I really have is simple: get faster and set some PR’s. I’m hell-bent to see what I can do if I really push myself with some speed work. So, that’s the plan!
Here’s to a happy, healthy and speedy 2013!