I don’t know where to begin to adequately “recap” last year. Let’s start with the numbers…
Total Run Distance: 3710.5 KM (2305.6 mi)
(up from 2010 miles in 2010)
Total Bike Distance: 1320.8 KM (820.7 mi)
Total Swim Distance: 77,680 m
Marathons – 3
30K – 2
Half Marathons – 5
10K – 3
5K – 3
Triathlon – 2
Duathlon – 1
Other (City Chase) – 1
Marathon – 3:34:54 (3:58:56 in 2010)
30K – 2:35:30 (2:42:34 in 2010)
Half Marathon – 1:40:06 (1:44:48 in 2010)
10K – 43:08 (49:19 in 2010)
5K – 20:40 (22:35 in 2010)
I worked hard, trained well, gained confidence and gradually learned that it was about more than “the perfect race”. The pieces started coming together and I managed to break through barriers I hadn’t realized were there. 2011 became a year of doing things I never imagined possible. I finally let my secret(s) out.
I ran 20 races including 3 marathons (all PRs, 1 being my secret marathon), 5 half marathons (2 PRs and 1 being my first time as a pace bunny), 2 30Ks (1 PR), 3 10Ks (1 PR) and 3 5Ks (all PRs). I don’t think I could have asked for a better racing year and I achieved things I never thought possible. *All results and reports are listed on my Races page.*
The highlight of the year was undoubtedly the day that hubs and I both qualified for Boston – an achievement made exponentially sweeter since we were able to share it.
I lost some of my running mojo over the summer months, but discovered an unexpected and sudden interest in triathlon and took up cycling and swimming. I absolutely loved my first duathlon and first and second tri and looked forward to taking it to the next level. The tri-nablers rejoiced…
Meanwhile training for my fall marathon was not going well (or so I thought) compared to my spring cycle and I did not expect a very good performance in October. I ended up having a great race and earning my second BQ finish, fast enough even with the new qualification standards. Turns out I didn’t necessarily need to run 60+ miles every week in order to run a strong marathon, and the added cycling and swimming and supplemented my training well.
My last race of the year ended up being my pacing gig as a 2:00 bunny, which was an extremely fun and rewarding experience.
The year ended on a very high note when I was able to secure hubs a spot in Boston 2012 (I had gotten in with the rolling registration process, while he hadn’t). Nothing could make me happier than knowing that we would be able to run our first Boston together afterall.
So that’s a wrap for 2011. I can’t wait to find out what surprised 2012 will bring.
Happy New Year!