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…
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.
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.
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!
Do you set annual running goals?
If so, did you achieve your running goals in 2012?
What are your 2013 running goals, if any?