In With the New

I just finished my last run of 2011, a hilly 11.34-miler in which my splits were all over the place and I struggled at the end. But I was very pleased with the run because I went farther than I intended and (most importantly to me) I had no knee pain during the run. I’ll get my pacing and fitness back for the longer runs as I build my mileage back up, but for now my main concern is getting in some consistent mileage without any knee pain.

2011 Year in Review:

  • Miles run: 1,412.9
  • Least mileage in a month: 46.7 – February (toe injury)
  • Most mileage in a month: 188.7 – August
  • Races run: 13 – four 5Ks, one 8K, one 5.05-mile bridge run, four 10Ks, and three half marathons
  • New distances raced in 2011: 8K, 5.05-mile bridge run, and half marathon
  • Favorite race: It’s too hard for me to pick just one
  • Favorite running-related accomplishments: Running three half marathons and setting a PR in each one, decreasing my 5K PR by over a minute and a half, setting 10 PRs in 13 races, and (last, but certainly not least) starting this blog and meeting a lot of awesome runners and running bloggers
  • Favorite non-running accomplishments: Finishing graduate school and getting a new job

2012 Goals and Plans:

  • Run my first marathon (Bayshore)
  • Run my second marathon?
  • Continue to set PRs at various distances
  • Improve my racing strategy and pacing
  • Run to the best of my ability and potential
  • Meet more awesome runners and running bloggers
  • Learn quickly, maximize my potential, and kick butt in my new job
  • Take (and pass) the CPA exam
  • Many more that I’m forgetting or haven’t thought of yet

Have a very safe, fun, and happy New Year! I hope you had a great 2011 and will have an even better 2012.

Questions:
Did you run today? Are you running/racing on New Year’s Day?

What was your favorite running-related moment or accomplishment in 2011?

Have you set your goals for 2012 yet? If so, what are they?

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8 Responses to In With the New

  1. I did run today. I was doing much better earlier in the year, but slacked off big time. NO EXCUSES. I’m started back a week ago. I would love to run a marathon one day.

    • Matt says:

      Congrats on getting back to running recently! I hope you’re able to keep up with it more throughout the new year. I like your mantra of “no excuses” – it’s easy to find other things to do, especially in the winter, but I think in most cases we can make the time and take the effort to run if we really want to. Good luck in 2012, and I hope you build up to running a marathon some day!

  2. you had an awesome year and I’m convinced that you’ll do so well at bayshore! Congrats to all you’ve accomplished this year. I didn’t know you got a job? Where at? Now I just feel bad for not knowing! Happy new year to you and Janet!

    • Matt says:

      Thank you! I know you’ll do great at Bayshore, too! :) I’m sure we’ll have plenty of training tips and stories to share over the next few months. We all need to get together for a long run one of these weekends. Don’t feel bad at all for not knowing about the job – I haven’t really said anything yet (waiting until after I start). Happy New Year to you and Ryan – I hope you had a great NYE!

  3. Great job man! I ran my first marathon this past year and I’m sure you’ll be able to cross that goal off your list no problem. My goal for 2012 is to finish my first trail marathon, as well as a 50K ultra here in Connecticut, so hopefully that works out. Happy New Year!

    • Matt says:

      Thanks! Happy New Year to you, too! Congrats on running your first marathon last year…that’s very cool. I hope mine will go well. I just have to get in the proper amount of good quality training throughout the winter, and hope to stay injury free. I hope your training goes well – those sounds like some awesome goals in 2012. Good luck!

  4. Ali Mc says:

    WOW great year! look at all those miles!!!! I hope to run 1000 miles this year :) I’m only at 10 :P lol

    I think you are going to ROCK your first marathon and that the question mark beside the second one will become an exclamation mark instead :) !!!

    • Matt says:

      Thanks, Ali! I’m really fortunate that I was able to run that many miles. You’ve put in more miles so far this month than I have. :) Good luck with your running this year! It sounds like you’ve definitely gotten the running bug, so now it’s just a matter of finding out what works for you (which is pretty much an ongoing thing no matter how long you’ve been running) and trying to run consistently. Running 1000 miles is a great goal and I think you can do it!

      I appreciate the vote of confidence! I hope I rock the marathon and am crazy (and healthy) enough to try another one in the fall. :)

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