2012 was a good year for me. I ran races in the 5k, 10k, 15k and half marathon distances and achieved a personal best in each one. Of course, it was also a year of learning. What would life be if you weren’t always learning along the way?
I ran two half marathons in 2012. One that I trained hard for, and one that, due to injury, my training was spotty at best. What I learned most of all was that training is THE most important part of a goal race. The race is a result of the training you put in. Through training for my third half marathon (my second in 2012), I trained hard and began enjoying the training even more than I had ever done before. I was doing most of the training runs by myself, I was running all the hills and speed training alone and I was loving it! I could see the results a good training cycle rewards you with. I was getting noticeably faster. Finally! And I was rewarded with a race that I was proud of, taking a full 20 minutes off my personal best!
My training in 2012 has given me the confidence to go to the next level and so, in 2013 I am focusing on increasing my distance. My ultimate goal is a full marathon which I’m hoping to run in Chicago in 2014, but leading up to that, this year’s goal is to run Around The Bay. A 30k race. The oldest road race in North America. “Older than Boston” as their tagline says. Race day is March 24, 2013.
Training begins in one week. I get nervous just thinking about it. Deciding to do this race raises the bar in many ways. I will be running with the big kids in the full marathon clinic which is a group of people I have met through the run club but have never run with. It’s running longer training runs. Some runs will be longer than I’ve ever attempted before and they’re just training runs! It’s very intimidating for me and so far outside of my comfort zone I can’t even describe the knots in my stomach. But I am fortunate enough to be going through this part of my journey with my running peeps; the ladies that I have been running with for a year and a half now. The best support group anyone could ask for. We’ll be running this race together. Our goal – to finish it upright and smiling.
After that we’ll see where the rest of the year takes us…