My little running world has definitely been full of ups and downs in 2012. Each has been a memorable learning experience and I know they will propel me toward my next goals.
Here is a photo-doc of 2012 with only a smattering of words.
While this 2nd running of Boston was less than thrilling, due to the heat wave (~90 degrees), I endured and finished with a PW.
Leadville Heavy Half-June
I had always wanted to run in the Leadville Series, so I hit the trails/mountains during the summer and geared up for the Leadville Heavy Half (15.4 miles) with my friend Danielle. The twist, I would run another half marathon the next day.
Steamboat Springs Half-July
The day after running Leadville, I drove to Steamboat Springs for another half with my friend Erika. I was really excited to attempt back-to-back halves, but I crashed and burned on this 2nd race. The last 5 miles were painful. I am happy with my attempt but would train differently next time.
Great Urban Race-August
The boy’s brother came into town and wanted to run the Great Urban Race in Denver. It’s a mix of running, puzzles, and challenges. Surprisingly, we landed a 6th place finish!
Redline Turkey Day 10k-November
All that running in 2012, coupled with a late 2011 marathon caused some scar tissue in my left hamstring. After a few rounds of PT in September, along with some build up in October/November, I felt ready to get back out for a race. This first race as a Oiselle ambassador was run with Erika and my brother on a cold, windy, Thanksgiving morning. I loved getting out there!
This year, I was also able to run/hike some 14ers this past summer. Some old, some new.
Grays and Torreys-May
I met some fabulous, inspirational people.
Bridger (my new nephew)-Juliet (my niece)
I’ve done a little bit of travel.
Telluride, CO-August and September (2 trips)
Minnesota-March and December (2 trips)
And of course, my proudest accomplishment was being accepted as a Oiselle ambassador-September
To finalize 2012, I have one more race to run. Tonight, a local Resolution 5k at 6pm. It’s the best way I know to end a year and start a new one; with a run. Nothing amazing, just something fun, light, and a reminder of why I do what I do. My love for running has carried me for over 20 years. It has brought about new distances I never knew I’d attempt, new friends I never knew I’d make, to new places I never knew I’d travel. Running helps define me.
I am a runner.