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2013 Racing Summary

I’m back??? Honestly, I’m not sure. I did this same summary last year after Kim posted a template and considering that I blogged for the majority of 2013, I figured I’d do it again to properly sum up my racing over the past year.

Races participated in: 9
Races “raced”: 4
DNFs: 0
DNSs: 1 – the Run for Boston 5k, Ian’s car broke down on our way there.

Distances:
5K: 3
8K: 1
HM: 2
M: 3
New to me distances: 8K!

Location:
States raced in: Florida, Massachusetts, and Illinois
Road: 8
Technical Trail: 1

When:
Months run in: 12, although my mileage dropped by more than 100 miles when I was injured in May.
Hottest race: Without a doubt the Strike Out ALS 5k. It’s an evening race and I believe it was close to 90 degrees at the start.
Coldest race: Rudolph Ramble 8k. It was maybe 15 degrees on race morning?
Windiest race: No idea, I don’t remember it being particularly windy during any races this year.
Wettest race: Punk the Monk 5k just because we ran through so much snow!

Bling:
Participation medals received: 6 medals + 1 flower from the Race That’s Good for Your Life 5k.
AG medals received: 0!
PRs: 3, 8K (hehe my first), the half, and the full.
Placed in AG: After calculating it all out, I was 4th in the Goofy Challenge and I just missed 3rd by a few seconds.

Community:
Races run alone: 6
Races run with others: 3
Who: Erin, Kelsey, Emily, and Katie.
Acted as pacer: 0

Misc:
Races run without music: 3, when I ran with others.
Races run without Garmin: 0
Races run in costume: 0

Favorites:
Medal:
My Boston medal.
Bib: I’m not sure I ever blogged about this but one of my mom’s coworker’s sons made this bib for me in art class. I’ve never met the son or the coworker but I was so touched that he thought of me after everything that happened.

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Picture: Lots of Boston in this section, but I think this was my favorite picture of the year.

And while we’re on the subject of 2013 racing, let’s address my 2013 running goals.

1. PR in the marathon. Done! It took me three marathons to do this, but I finally PR-ed during the Chicago Marathon.

2. Foam roll at least 1x, if not 2x, a day. I was super good about this during the winter but it totally fell off my radar after I hurt my hip. I was really good about doing PT stuff too… until after the Chicago Marathon. I need to get back in the habit for 2014.

3. Increase my mileage (baseline of 55 miles/week) while also running more slow miles. I think I managed this. I was training for a lot of 2013 and I managed to run more than 55 miles/week most weeks. I also nailed the running more slow miles thing. I got super comfortable running slow and racing quickly. I think it helped me stay injury free all summer and fall.

4. Get back to triathlons and compete in a longer distance tri (olympic or half-Ironman). Nope and nope. This is on my list again for 2014 though.

5. Run more races (> 10) than I did in 2012. I missed this goal by 1 and am kinda bummed about it. Traditionally, I haven’t been a big racer though. So I always expect my number of races to be lower than most.

As for 2014, I have a few goals in mind. Stay tuned and if I decide to continue blogging, I’ll share them soon.




Goals for 2013

I’ve decided that rather than coming up with New Year’s resolutions for 2013, I’m going to focus on a few goals that I’d like to accomplish in the next year. Hopefully, firm goals instead of loosely defined resolutions (like I had in 2012…) will be easier to remember and achieve :).

1. PR in the marathon.

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I know I am capable of this and I also know that I need to run smart to achieve this goal. No injuries in 2013!

2. Speaking of the above… foam roll every day and if possible 2x/day.

I know this sounds extreme but I’m not very good about stretching and I tend to have very tight calves that could potentially lead to injury. As I increase my mileage, I need to be more conscientious of other issues like flexibility, stretching, muscle weakness, etc.

3. Increase my mileage to XX/week while running more “slow” miles.

I’m not sure what the upper bound will be but I’d like to safely increase my weekly mileage while also listening to my body and knowing when too much is too much. If I’m going to successfully do this and not injure myself, I’m going to need to run my recovery runs even slower than I do now. The bulk of my training will have to be in the 8:00-8:30 min/mile range with a few days of speed work thrown in.

4. Get back to triathlons and compete in a longer distance tri.

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Most likely this will be olympic distance but it may be a half-Ironman if I can’t run a fall marathon.

5. Run more races than I did in 2012.

I took me until the end of 2012 to appreciate how much I like racing, even if it’s just for fun. I want to sign up for more races with friends next year and enjoy myself!

6. Lastly, I have one goal for this old blog, I’d like to give it more direction. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to make my blog all serious but I would like to blog a little more purposefully. I have some ideas but I’m not quite sure what exact changes I’ll be making in 2013– TBA.

Do you have any goals for 2013?