I know we are all probably burned out on 2011 recaps by now, but I just can’t skip it… my 2011 recap is here!
When this year started I had 3 goals. These were very different goals from what I had done in prior years. No time goals, no set numbers, no pre-planned year. Instead I wanted to focus on an overall feeling and attitude that I wanted to embrace for the year.
When I was faced with a decision or wanted to commit to something, I tried to come back to these 3 things. Sometimes I did, sometimes I didn’t, but overall I think I did a good job on what I set out to do.
Be in the present: I wanted to focus on now. On this race. On this week’s training plan. Instead of jumping ahead and being consumed by what race I had 5 months down the road, I wanted to be in the present with my running and enjoy what I had going on right then.
I held myself back from signing up for races too far in advance, and even when that happened, I wasn’t afraid to step back and change my plans when I needed to. I listened to my heart, to my body and did I wanted to do at the present moment this year.
Be unpredictable: My 2008 – 2010 looked a lot a like. 3 CIMs, 3 Healdsburg Half Marathons, similar training plans. I wanted my year not to look like the previous years.
I shook it up this year. I did back to back marathons, I didn’t run CIM, and I backed out of a marathon because my heart wasn’t in it. All these things were definitely different from the previous years and these only touched on a few. This is something I still want to work on.
Be involved: I wanted to get more involved with my running community and give back just a little bit.
I think I nailed this one on the head and may have even gone overboard at times. While this was definitely the most rewarding part of my year, there were times when I was really burned out and overcommitted. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. The people I met and the lessons I learned through this are invaluable to me.
- 3 marathons: Boston, Big Sur and San Francisco.
- 6 half marathons
- 4 shorter races
- 2,344.4 miles (108.4 over 2010)
January – 229.5 miles
I turned 29, the blog got a make-over and I started co-hosting a weekly track workout.
February – 197.8 miles
I got my RRCA Coach certification and Kristin and I started team lemon run club!
March – 276.1 miles (current monthly mileage PR!)
I ran 4 60+ weeks in the middle of peak Boston training and things started getting very real.
April – 150.4 miles
May – 160.1 miles
I finished The Boston 2 Big Sur challenge while crossing the finish line to my 10th marathon!
June – 239.9 miles
July – 221.7 miles
The craziest month and also the San Francisco Marathon, my 1st in 2008 and my 11th in 2011!
August – 175.3 miles
I tried to find my training motivation by getting on my road bike, out on the trails and anything else I could think of. I also quit my job.
September – 121.6 miles
My life changed for the better with starting my new job. I also admitted burn out and decided not to run a fall marathon and have fun the rest of the year.
October – 156.4 miles
I faced a big fear and road up Mt. Diablo on my bike and ran the Nike Women’s Half Marathon, which also happened to be my 20th half!
November – 202.3 miles
I kicked my “afraid to race” hesitation to the curb and ran a bunch of races.
December – 213.3 miles
I went to Vegas, met a bunch of bloggers, went to a bunch of parties, started training for my first 50 milers, took a trip to Tahoe and finished the year with a trail half marathon.
And just like that it was over.
This was a rewarding year. I learned so much, I grew up a lot and finished the year in a much better place then when I started… a truly happy, content place. I had so many amazing opportunities and am so grateful for everything that happened.
I think the most rewarding part of 2011 though was all the friendships I made, the ones I kept and the ones that grew. My running network grew exponentially and I have added so many true amazing friendships into my life. I feel so lucky to know so many great people and look forward to all the fun times ahead in 2012!