Obviously I can’t recap the year without mentioning all the ups, downs, and CRASH AND BURNS that came with this bipolar running hobby of mine.
2011 brought the birth of no-train-racing, discovering my recipe for injury-free training, a debate over “cheat courses“, the Sub4orDie Failure, the Secret Marathon, a return to short distance and speedwork, and a PR-sweep on the year (marathon, half, 10K, and 5K).
Here’s the run down, in case you missed any of the awesome (or awesomely tragic)
Broke out of my 2010 run rut – Tell Someone You’re Not a Runner Anymore
No-Train-Racing is born! – What Like 13 Miles is Far or Something?
… and then I almost PR’d – Mermaid Half
Ran with friends, hated it – Running With People Sucks
PR’d & finally ran injury-free at the LA Marathon – The Soggy Recap
… using my 5 Weeks 2 Marathon “training plan” – 5W2M, My Thoughts
I made my first “PR or Bust” claim – Pre-PCRF Crazy Talk
… and chalked one up to the “Bust” column – PCRF Half
Introduced Mary #4 – Race Binge
Made the most of (yet another) un-trained race – Laguna Hills Half
… and then “PR’d” on a super downhill course 6 days later – Fontana Half
Disclosed my secrets to No-Train-Racing – Unfair Advantages
Suffocated during a humid half in Ohio the week before the wedding – Columbia Station Half
To0 busy GETTIN HITCHED to worry about runnin.
Marathon #4 training began (5.15W2M) – Sub4OrDie
Preached about how personal running is – It’s All About Me, Me, Me
Rounded up two Ragnar teams for 2012 and let blogland choose the team names – Nameless
Let a sweaty internet stranger stay at our place – Stranger Danger
… but at least I learned something(S)? – Sucky Lessons in Racing
Redeemed myself with a killer 5K PR – Chapman 5K with Team Sparkle
Beast Mode’d a long run at a charity event – Operation Jack 6-Hour Challenge
Learned to love running with friends – Run Friends <3
PR’d a Garmin-less 10K – Iron Girl Del Mar
Planned a “Secret Marathon” – How The Secret Marathon Was Born
… and finally got my Sub4! – Santa Barbara Marathon
Made an appearance in Fitness Magazine – Fit Bloggers We Love
Broke in the cowbell at the Cleveland Fall Classic – Race Spectating (a warm up)
Got Ho Ho Ho’d on a hilly half – LA Holiday Half
Broke a 2+ year Half PR at my last race of 2011 – Operation Jack Half
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2011 finished with a lot of steam and on a major high note – perfect fuel to take into 2012, right?! Have I told you how pumped I am for 2012 yet? I’m gonna go ahead and claim it as the biggest year for OUaL racing ever.
BIG plans. Well, big for me at least. Remember my expectations are pretty cellar-ish.
I’ll share them next post. Before I forget them and/or chicken out. But really, expect some drastic changes around here…
* * * Give me some motivation – tell me about your ambitious goals for the new year!