A year-end recap
As always thanks to all who have supported me this year. It
was so nice to partly be back on the blog. I don’t feel like I have contributed
as much as I used to/should, but I still appreciate the support.
This year has been such a wild ride. In January I thought
I’d be moving by June. Then in March I knew we’d be in Utah at least until the
following June. That definitely caused some disruption in planning and life and
was the constant undercurrent to this year. I also traveled more this year than
any year to date. However, throughout it all I have maintained one of my highest
mileage years since I started recording in Nov ’97 and was on 6 publications
bringing my total to 23.
In fact with the run today I also hit a major running milestone,
50,000 km! Initially, and based off
the 5K this spring, I was hoping to hammer a PR 5K today but that will have to
wait. I started planning it when I hit the 30,000 mi mark. However, I never
thought I’d get it done in 2012. The nice coincidence is that by hitting this
mark I am exactly 1 mile into my 3rd highest mileage year ever. The
only years higher are my record breaking 2008 (fun to turn 30) and the
follow-up 2009 (2005 = 2564 4th, 2009 = 2674 2nd, and
2008 = 2797 1st).
Sunday when I started planning how to divide the final 22 mi
to the mark I thought it would be nice to run 10 mi on Sunday so that I could
have a 12 mile run as my last run of 2012. Yes I am a number freak. I am not
exactly sure how this happened except that there were finally no major injuries
and I kept consistent. My lowest mileage week was the first week of the year
with only 23 miles. However, after that I had all additional weeks at or above
30 miles, with 23 weeks at or above 50 miles. Unlike 2008 when I had a number
of weeks over 80 miles and four over 90 miles, my highest mileage week this
year was a 74.5. By no means was this my fastest year and I was definitely more
of a tortoise than a hare this year but I still managed one PR, a first since
July of 2009! I also managed 11 races, more than 2010 and 2011 combined. It
felt so great being back to running again.
Even as late as heading out the door this morning I was
still planning on hitting some type of hard miles within this run. However,
seeing the snow again and the ice underneath made footing very questionable at
most places. At 3 mi I thought about turning around and doing the 5K on the
treadmill but even with the questionable footing I was in need of the long run
outside and just went with it. It snowed on me the entire run and was just a
nice easy and relaxing run. I went to Memory Grove via a quick stop in lab to
take care of my only bench work. Then took South Temple back up toward home.
Saw deer in a couple spots and a few other runners out there.
Avg. 9:00 HR 132
There is a lot more I would like to write about life changes
etc., but I think for now and for the purposes of a running blog I will close
here with 2565 miles this year and crossing that 50,000K finish line. Next up
40,000 mi. At my 5-year average this will take me until about 2016/17 to
HAPPY NEW YEAR!