Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Twilight Race Report

Last race of the year!
Made sure my toe nails were painted for the occasion! And just to make sure that I didn't take this race too seriously, I wore my "Where's the beef?" tee shirt - funny since I haven't eaten red meat in over 20 years!
Weather was fine - about 42 degrees - it was a tad cold waiting to take off but as soon as we got started, the air felt good.

Getting ready to go! Got to chat with my friend, Monica, who was running this race for the 1st time - her goal was a sub-30:00 (spoiler -she did it!)

A little blurry, but had to add this one - check out that smile - glad I was enjoying myself.

Coming in the home stretch - always the best part of the race :)

Finished and feeling good.
I didn't really have any goals for this race - I just wanted to have a good time. I did have a good time - I really enjoyed this run (I ran it last year, but it seemed so much harder last year). Maybe taking things with a side of humor has some credit to it. I finished in 24:58 or somewhere right around that mark, which will seal up the best 5k time of 2011 for me (my PR is 24:12 in this same race last year).
After the race we went to TGIFridays for supper. Yes, while everyone else there was dressed in their finest New Year's Eve outfits, I went with my "where's the beef" shirt....

We ended the evening with a ride through Lakemont Park's Lights on the Lake (we got a ticket for free entrance as part of the race packet and we're not going to pass up something that's free!).

Jude  watching the lights.

Blurry, but you get the idea!

This is my favorite part!
The path that we drove through was the exact route of the 5k I ran earlier!

After the drive through the park, we went inside to see this train display - the boys loved it.

It was a great way to end 2011!
Tomorrow is a new year, full of possibilities and hopes!
Thanks for reading my blog!

2012, I'm Coming for You.....

Hey everyone!
Happy 2012 - the year of the dragon!
I'm heading into this year with a good outlook, much hope, good motivation, but with some sensibility! If you've been reading this blog, you know that last year I attempted training for the Cook Forest Marathon but bummed out my knee (that's my official diagnosis) and not only did I not run the 1/2, but I let it get the better of me.
Looking back, I realized I totally over-trained for that race - I went into the training with the, "more is better," mentality. I downloaded a nice training plan, but I honestly thought that if I did more than was planned each day, I would not only be able to run faster, but stronger.....wrong.
I know that now :)
This year will be different - I'll be using my head as much as, if not more, than my legs.
So what's in store for 2012?
In 2012, I will.....
1. Run more than 600 miles. If I keep up my miles as I did this year, I should accomplish this goal, no problem!

2. Finish a 'bigger' race. This would be anything longer than a 10k, since that's the longest run I've done up to this point. Will it be a 10.1k? Maybe a 15k? We'll see. The key word in this goal is finish.

3. PR in a 5k. This is a goal that, a year from now, I might be re-reading and think, "What was I thinking?" But by putting this in writing, I know it will encourage me to incorporate speed work into my training - that's the reason it's in here.

4. Increase my # of group runs. I usually run alone, but in the few times that I've run with someone or a group of people, I realized how much fun it is, so I want to do it more.

5. (Most important for me) Be smart. I need to keep in mind that more is not  better and that I need not take myself so seriously. After being out of the running circuit for almost 2 months in 2011 because of my knee injury (due to me being an idiot and over-training), I realized that I need to have balance in my training (enter my Hal Higdon training plans - which I will follow this time).

That's it? Yep - that's it! I think by making this my list, I'm already working on goal #5!

Any goal out there for you?
Make this your best year yet!

2011 Year in Review

I just took a look back @ my 2011 goals - Wow! I'm just a tad off on those....
I had BIG plans for 2011 and although it wasn't a total bust, I didn't really accomplish any of my goals. I really feel like this 2nd year of running has been my sophomore slump, starting with the knee injury and not running the Cook Forest 1/2 marathon. The other goals I missed included my weight loss goal, running all YMCA races, and running a 15K. OK - enough of this crap of what I didn't do. This year wasn't a total bomb - I did accomplish some really great milestones.
Highlights of 2011:

 551.56 *
(* I'm not 100% sure this is the accurate # because I didn't track any runs during part of April, May or June - I know I took some time off from my injury, but I also recall feeling so defeated that I slacked on recording anything I, I'm guessing this estimate is off by a few miles)

2011 RACES:
4/10/11 - A 5k to Remember: 28:49
7/4/11 - 4th of July 5k: 27:08
7/16/11 - Liberty Days 5k: 25:34 (2nd place finish)
7/30/11 - Ebensburg Homecoming 5K: 28:08
9/25/11 - Pittsburgh Great Race 10k: 58:30
11/24/11 - Turkey Trot 5k: 28:01 (I'm still mad about that :01)
12/31/11 - Twilight 5k race: Yet to come :)

5k to Remember
4th of July 5k - felt good to get back out on the race circuit after the knee injury.
1-mile test run: 7:47!

 Pittsburgh's Great Race

 Bicycling (stationary and trail)
~ 75 miles on the bike this year
Jeremy and I on our 'date.' 13-mile bike ride on the Ghost town trail!
Although 2011 isn't over yet, I'm starting to wonder what 2012 will bring?
Stay tuned!