Fortunately, June is where things came together for me and I started getting back to normal running mileage. With normal running mileage, I was able to pick back up on my goals to salvage what I could. Here are the stats from the year broken down:
Yoga: 23 times
Ab work: 44 times
Weights: 31 times
DVD workouts (Shred, etc.) 21 times
Running workouts at the track (this was one of my goals - to be consistent with this): 21 times
Running mileage: 1004 miles
In addition, I ran two 5Ks, a 10K, and a half marathon this year. I was able to (just barely) set a PR (personal record) at the half marathon, which had been one of my goals for the year.
Considering that I only had 222 miles at the beginning of June, I think I finished off the year strong. I know that I have improved my speed (which was one of my goals for the year), although I am not the fastest I've ever been. And although I'm disappointed that 2011 didn't have a marathon in it, the running year wasn't a total letdown. In fact, I think I had some good moments.
So what am I looking for in 2012? I'm still leery of setting goals much, still scared my IT band will go out again. So I'm going to set 'light' goals that I feel like should be easy to achieve as long as I stay uninjured, and with a little luck maybe I'll exceed them.
1. 1000 miles
2. Consistent and continued track workouts - more than last year
3. PR in the half marathon again
I'm looking at a few winter/spring races, and in particular there is a 10 miler in February and a half marathon in March that I will likely run. Beyond that, I'm reluctant to plan.
We did start off the year with a run up Mill Mountain with the local running group, the Star City Striders. It was humbling to try to get up the mountain pushing a 5 year old in a jogging stroller. I confess I had to walk some sections. But it was a fun way to start the year.
What about you, reader? Do you have any regrets from 2011? Any goals for 2012?