Well, 2011 didn't start off so hot. An injury to my right IT band sidelined me for months. Several doctor visits later I finally found someone who could do ART (active release therapy) which helped me to recover and allowed me to start running again. But when June rolled around and I only had 222 miles for the year, I realized that I would have to let go of some of my running goals, including the one where I'd hoped to run my 9th marathon.
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?