Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011... What A Year

I love year reviews. Love, love, love them. Probably has something to do with my nerdy need to be organized, but that's neither here nor there.

I can't begin to list all the things that I enjoy about blogging, but one of my favorites is being able to look back and see progress. I love that word:  PROGRESS. Am I where I want to be? No. Have I reached all my goals. No way. But have I worked hard and progressed? Abso-freaking-lutely.

Because it's the most fun and easiest to quantify, let's look at running:
  • i participated in fourteen races
    • five virtual races, nine in real life
    • two trail runs, seven organized road races
    • thirteen in North Carolina, one in Ohio
      • nine 5k's
      • one 4 miler
      • one 9k
      • two 10k's
      • one half marathon 
  • three instant PR's 
  • two real PR's
I am beyond happy with my running this year. I ran in NC, OH, KY, TN, NY (Central Park in NYC), HI (Mauii), CO (Denver). Running in Central Park was surreal. What's also great about running in all these places: 

Usually I would make excuses:
I'm on vacation.
I'm going to be eating out so much there's no point in working out.
There's no point in taking up room in my suitcase with running stuff (you just need a pair of shoes my ass!).

I count this point alone as major progress.

Top Three Running Experiences of 2011:
3.  Lady Distance Classic 10K in Ohio - Brad and his parents came out to cheer me on--the only race I ran this year with people I knew watching (I did run several races with friends).
2.  Running the Turkey Trot 5K with Brad (his first 5K). -- just realized I never posted about this race. Bad blogger award.
1.  Finishing the Asheville Citizen Times Half Marathon.

I've really enjoyed reading your all's 2011 reviews! I'll be back at you later with my goals for 2012!

Tell me your top running experience(s) of 2011!!!!


  1. My top running experience was Wisconsin Half Marathon in May. I pr'ed by 22 minutes and was more than ecstatic!

    Have a happy New Years!

  2. Loved your recap!

    My top running experience was without a doubt running my very first marathon in Paris, France. An amazing experience on so many different levels!

  3. you have totally progressed and rocked, if you ask me! Love how you broke down you year!

  4. Oh I want to run in Central Park so badly...when I was in NYC last year it was snowing like crazy, so of course running was not an option! But I want to go back to NYC in the spring/summer hopefully!

  5. Wow, thats a lot of runs! Great job! Erica

  6. Sounds like a great 2011, and cheers to a fabulous 2012!

    P.S. I just nominated you for a blog award. Be sure to check out my blog tomorrow morning :)