2012 Recap

2012 was a bittersweet running year for me. As the year closes out, many people choose highlights (and maybe some lowlights) from their year in running. I decided to pick one highlight and one lowlight, and neither decision was very difficult for me…

Highlight:
Running my first marathon – Bayshore in Traverse City, MI – in May. A PR by default, though unfortunately it turned out to be my only PR for the year.

Lowlight:
Dealing with an upper leg injury (hamstring, hip flexor, glute) since early April. It’s still not totally cleared up, and my mileage for the year was much lower than I had planned last January (including no running at all in October).

I don’t have any complaints, though – I’m very fortunate and grateful to have the ability to run. A little leg pain is absolutely nothing compared to the challenges that so many people face and overcome on a daily basis…challenges that are much more significant than not being able to run a few more miles or not hitting my splits during a speed workout. It’s all about perspective.

2013:
I haven’t set any goals yet for 2013. For now, I plan to run without a schedule, try to build up my mileage, do some occasional speed work, and enter several races between 5K and 25K (no marathon for me in 2013).

2012 by the numbers:
Miles run: 1118.72
Number of runs: 179
Average distance per run: 6.25 miles
Median distance per run: 5.28 miles
Highest mileage month: May (154.26)
Lowest mileage month: October (0.00)
Races run: 11 (6 x 5K; 2 x 10K; 2 x half marathon; 1 x marathon)

I hope you had a great 2012 and that 2013 is off to an excellent start for you. I wish you a very happy and healthy 2013!

Questions:
Do you set annual running goals?

If so, did you achieve your running goals in 2012?

What are your 2013 running goals, if any?

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2 Responses to 2012 Recap

  1. You still have some amazing speed Matt. No goals for me. I just run. I like tracking the miles but overall don’t mean anything g to me. The difference from 1600 and 1700? Pointless.

    • Matt says:

      Thanks, Jeff – I appreciate it. I agree completely about tracking the miles. I didn’t have a specific 2012 mileage goal, but at the beginning of 2012 I would have expected the total to be higher because I didn’t plan on having to reduce my Bayshore training or taking a month off after the Brooksie Way. I definitely can’t complain, and I’m looking forward to taking 2013 as it comes.

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