Flashback: 2012 Edition

So here it is.  New Year’s Eve.  Time to flip the calendar.  (Suck it, Mayans!)  You know what that means….

The 2012 Year-in Review!
One year ago I set a few goals for myself.  Some were running related, some were not.  I gotta say, I had a pretty dang successful year.
Running-related goals: 
  • Run 1,000 miles –  SUCCESS!!!  It came down to the wire, but I DID IT!!!!  With seven whole hours to spare!
  • Run a sub-2:10 half marathon – SUCCESS!!!  I finished Rock n Roll St. Louis in 2:07:24
  • Run a sub-27 5K – SUCCESS!!!  I ran a 26:45 at a small local 5K, also securing a 2nd place AG award
  • Run a sub-60 10K – Well, this one was neither a success nor a failure because I didn’t run a 10K this year.  I was planning on one in May, but I ended up getting sick.  When I was still running fever the morning of the race, I decided not to go.  Since that’s the only 10K in the area, I’ll have to wait until May 2013 for my next shot at it.
  • Cross and strength train more – SUCCESS and FAIL respectively.  I’ve loved having a spin bike here at home and have used it quite a bit.  I definitely cross-trained more than last year, and I absolutely think that had a hand in keeping me injury free in 2012.  I totally dropped the ball on strength training though.
General life goals:
  • BE HAPPY! – SUCCESS!!!  I’ve made huge, huge strides here.  We had an incredibly trying year in 2012.  Lots and lots of job uncertainty for both of us… a layoff, talks of cutbacks and closures… but through it all, I have tried to keep a positive attitude and not worry about the things I couldn’t do anything about.  Sure, I’ve had my moments… some worry, some nearly paralyzing fear… but for the first time ever I was able to keep it from consuming me and was still able to find joy in the little things.  Very significant difference from 2011.
  • Continue to decrease dairy and processed foods – SUCCESS!!!  I consider myself an herbie now, and really the only processed foods I eat are cereal, Clif and protein bars, and the occasional vegan convenience foods, like Tofurky.  Although I do still have a weakness for Fritos.
  • Save a higher percentage of our combined salaries – FAIL.  No excuses.  Just haven’t done it.  We haven’t saved any less or spent any more, but we didn’t meet my original goal of saving more.
So I didn’t do so bad!!!  Yeah, I missed some, but I nailed the ones that were really important to me.  There’s always next year for the other ones!  Other than those, I really haven’t thought much about what I want to accomplish in 2013 yet.  I’m still kind of reveling in 2012.  A few highlights…

1st place AG!

Little Rock Half Marathon

Michele and me at the Shamrock Half
3rd place AG at a local 4-miler

Cruisin’!

Hangin’ out at the marina with friends.

Running to the finish line with a new 5K PR and a 2nd place AG award.

PRing at the Rock n Roll St. Louis Half Marathon

Lining up for St. Jude!

Celebrating 26.2 #2!

Finishing my favorite race to date with my best friend in the world!

Christmas Eve with my fabulous husband and his awesome family.

And now since I don’t have kids, you get an eyeful of my furbabies!  This year C.C. turned 13 and Bella and Harley each turned 3.

The queen overlooks her domain…

Nom, nom, nom

Always happy to go for a ride.

I am zombie cat.  Must have pink mouse brains!

Psssttt… you awake?

Is Daddy’s weed eater broken?

zzzzzzzzzz….

Move over, Mom, you’re taking up too much room in my bed.

They even hold their Kongs the same way.

I’m just gonna lay right here and wait for Santa.

Does that guy have a cheeseburger???

HAPPY 2013!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Three Things Thursday

1.       My little patient is recovering from ACL repair fabulously and is doing better and better every day. She looked like this three weeks ago…

… and today she is walking on it fine and even trying to run on it a little bit.  Not RUN run… just trotting through the house.  She won’t get the opportunity to test out her running legs for another three weeks or so.  We’ve had to keep her very confined with no exercise.  She’s going a little stir crazy, but other than that everything is just peachy.  She goes back for another post-up checkup tomorrow.

2.       I am 48.1 miles away from my 1000 mile goal!  Barring any illnesses, injuries, or apocalypses in the next 11 days, I’ve got it licked.

3.       I’m finally finished Christmas shopping, but right now it all still looks like this.

MUST. START. WRAPPING!

St. Jude Marathon Training: Week 10

Planned                                           Actual
Monday:  Rest                                 Monday:  Rest
Tuesday:  4                                      Tuesday:  8 @ 10:15
Wednesday:  8                                 Wednesday:  Rest
Thursday:  4                                     Thursday:  3.4 miles naked with dogs
Friday:  Rest                                     Friday:  2.6 @ 10:47
Saturday:  17                                    Saturday:  2 @ 10:53
Sunday:  Cross-train                        Sunday:  17 miles @ 11:08 + a bonus 0.5 miles
Total:  33 miles                                 Total:  33.5 miles

Tuesday evening when I started my run, I wasn’t sure how far I was going to go.  The plan called for 4, but I knew that Tuesday was going to be the easiest day for me to get my 8 in.  I just wasn’t sure if my legs would be down with that since I had just run 8.5 on Friday and 12 on Sunday.  I figured I’d just play it by ear and took off.  I ran the first mile as a warm-up and knew immediately I’d be going for 8.  I felt pretty damn great.  I kind of treated it as a fartlek.  (hehehe)  I’d run fast for one song, slow for one song, fast one song, slow one song.  It was fun!  It made it FLY by.  I definitely could have kept going for a good while.  It makes me happy that I’m putting in the mileage I’m putting in and still have fresh legs.  I NEVER would have thought it.

Thursday’s run was all about clearing my head.  I didn’t even wear my Garmin.  The last thing I wanted to see Thursday was more numbers.  I had been looking at spreadsheets and numbers all day long.  I only know how far we went because I know from my neighbor’s driveway to the end of the road is 0.85 miles and we did that twice, there and back.

Friday after I got off work I went to look at a treadmill I had seen on Craigslist that I thought may be a pretty good deal.  For the price I wasn’t expecting much.  The model had good reviews, but I didn’t know what kind of shape it may be in.  I didn’t go out there with plans of bringing it home, but when I saw it I was really surprised.  I played with it there at their house for a few minutes and left to go get some cash and my husband with his truck.  I goofed around on it for 2.6 miles Friday night, just tinkering with all the settings and whatnot.  I still can’t believe I bought a damn treadmill.  I hate those damn things.  I hate it so much that I got up and played with it for 2 more miles on Saturday morning before I went to work.

I was kind of nervous about Sunday’s long run of 17 miles.  During training for my first (and only other) marathon, it was during the 16-miler that my knee first started bothering me.  I was worried that history would repeat itself.  I left the house with two sticks of Clif Shot Bloks and 32 oz of Nuun around my waist.  It was a chilly, cloudy 45 degrees when I started.  I was downright COLD in my shorts and tee for the first couple of miles.  I LOVED IT!  I’ve been waiting all summer to say “BRRR!” on a run!  I planned to walk and fuel at miles 4, 8, 11, and 14, and I stuck to the plan like glue.  And once again it worked like a charm.  The run is what everyone hopes for a long run to be–uneventful.  Sooooooooo much better than last week’s hungover sorry excuse for a long run.

When I got home, I went through my typical post-run routine of drinking a Vega recovery accelerator and  protein shake while I sat out on the back deck watching the dogs play in the backyard.  I returned a phone call I missed while I was out running, and while I was on the phone I grabbed my laptop to log my long run.  After I did, I noticed that 17 miles put me at 699.5 miles for the year.  That number gnawed at me a little bit, but I let it be… until I saw that my weekly mileage record was 33.2 miles.  I knew I had just beat my weekly TRAINING mileage of 31 miles, but the week of the actual marathon back in Dec of 2010, I ran 33.2 miles.  I couldn’t handle it.  I did what any sane person would have done.  I put my shoes back on and hopped on my new treadmill.

700 miles for the year (only 10 miles short of my highest yearly mileage of 710 in 2010) and 33.5 miles for the week.  I couldn’t be any happier with where I’m sitting right now.  I WILL hit my 1,000-mile goal for this year, and I WILL break 5 hours on December 1st.  Or die trying.

500 miles

I feel pretty lame posting about hitting 500 miles when so many of you have already hit 1,000 for the year, but damnit it’s my blog and my milestone, so I’ll celebrate it if I want to!

After I logged my 5.1 mile run tonight, my log summary looked like this.

I had said I wanted to hit 1,000 miles in 2012, so I’m only, what, a month and 9 days behind?  It’s still doable, right? …. RIGHT????  Oh, hell, I know it’s doable.  The real question is will I suck it up and do it????

Halfway There Already???? GEEZ! The 2012 Mid-Year Check-In

It is ASTONISHING how quickly this year is flying by.  Scary, really.  Everyone told me this would happen as I got older.  Damned if they weren’t right.

At the beginning of the year, I, like everyone else, set some goals for myself.  Let’s review, shall we?

Non-running:
  • BE HAPPY, DAMNIT!!!  – SUCCESS!  While I still have my moments of stress and just feeling blue (who doesn’t?) I’ve come so far with just being able to deal with it, do what needs to be done, and move on.  This has been the most stressful year at work I’ve ever been through (and it will likely only get worse from here), but I’m managing not to let it consume me.  It’s still a struggle sometimes, but overall I’ll give myself a passing grade on this one.  
  • Continue to decrease dairy and processed foods. – SUCCESS!  Processed foods are pretty much nonexistent in my diet now, the major exceptions being Clif bars and the occasional vegan convenience food like Tofurky.  And I still have a weakness for Fritos.  It could be a lot worse.  And as far as animal products go, a tiny bit of dairy may sneak past me every now and then as an ingredient in something I didn’t make myself, but other than that, I’m DONE with animal products of any kind.
  • Save a higher percentage of our combined salaries. – FAIL.  We just haven’t made this happen.  We’re still saving, but at the same rate.  I want to kick that up a notch or two.

Running

  • Run 1,000 miles. – FAIL.  I was on track for a couple of months, but I’ve fallen behind now.  I ended June with 401.7 miles for the year.  That means I’ll have to average 100-mile months for the remainder of the year.  Doable?  Probably.  Will I make the effort?  Probably not.  (Just being honest here…)
  • Run a sub 2:10 half-marathon. – FAIL.  I was sure I would nail this one at the Shamrock Half in March, but I bonked and ended up running a 2:13:20.  Next opportunity will be in October.
  • Run a sub-27 5K.  –  BOTH?  But mostly fail.  I “officially” ran a 26:31 in February, but the course was short and I don’t count it.  It wouldn’t have been under 27 anyway.  And that’s the only 5K I ran this year.  My 5K split from a 4-mile race in April was 27:11, still 11 seconds short of the goal.  So success for the official record, fail because I personally don’t count it.  Maybe this fall…
  • Run a sub-60 10K – Neither.  I haven’t run a 10K this year.  I was sick the day of the race I planned on running to meet this goal.  Since that’s the only one I know of in this area, I may not get another chance at this one this year.
  • Cross and strength train more. – SUCCESS!  I’ve made use of my spin bike and D’s Bowflex and have done some core work.  Even though I’m calling it a success, I still want to up my game in this area the latter part of the year.  Especially going into marathon training.
So overall not a horrible year.  You win some, you lose some!  And I’ve still got six months to make progress in the areas I’m currently not succeeding in!

Tuesday Tidbits

  • I’ve always been a big Jennifer Aniston fan.  Last week I read that she adopted a pit bull mix from rescue, and now I love her even more.
  • I’m no foodie, and I have no intention of ever being a food blogger, but this was too good not to share.   I came across the latest Vegetarian Times at work a couple of weeks ago, and they had a delicious looking paella primavara on the front cover.  I came home and asked the Almighty Google for the recipe, and he found this for me:   http://epicureanvegan.com/2012/02/07/paella-primavera/  IT. WAS. DELICIOUS.
  • And you know what else is good?  THIS!
  • I’m gonna end out February about 6 miles shy of what would be on par for a 1,000-mile year.  Right on track!
  • I got my CSA signup form today!  Now I’m trying to find someone to go in and split a full share with me.  They don’t have a half share option, and even though I’m a vegetarian and eat the crap out of some produce, I don’t know if I can tackle a full share on my own.  Their signup sheet says it should provide produce for a family of four.  I may have to buy a deep freeze!
  • Everyone is sick around here!  The neighboring county schools are even closed because of the flu.  Praying I don’t catch it!  I’ve got too much running to do!  Half marathon #7 in 5 days!