Wellllll this has been a pretty unbelievable year in my running world.
It has been a year of learning to believe in myself and learning to trust in my training.
And I would have totally not believed you if we spoke one year ago and you told me that I was going to do the following in 2011:
- run a marathon in 3:30:41 (race report)
- qualify for the Boston Marathon with a buffer of 4 minutes and 19 seconds
- run my first and second marathons ONE month apart (Richmond race report)
- win 1st overall woman in a 4K (race report)
- win my age group in an 8K (race report)
- win my age group in a 5K (race report)
- run a 10K in 44:38, a five minute PR (race report)
All this considering my first 10K of my life was in May 2010.
.....It's all surprising, especially to myself!!
FUN Running Facts of 2011:
Total Miles Run: 1355.4 (as of 12/30)
Total Time Spent Running: 188 hours (7 days and 20 hours)
Highest Mileage Month: October (175.2 miles)
Highest Mileage Week: 47.7 miles
Here are pictorial highlights of my running year, in order or sentimental importance:
Rehoboth Beach Marathon Dec 2011
3:30:41, average pace of 8:02
My 2nd marathon (one month after my first)
26 minute PR
Qualified for Boston Marathon!
1st in age group
This experience was of another world!
Read about it HERE.
Richmond Marathon November 2011
My first marathon
Had leg cramp issues and was sick as a dog the week leading up to it :(
Read about it HERE
I got to run with Caroline Rotich in Santa Fe, NM
(she won 4th place Boston 2011)
Read about it HERE
Monument Ave 10K March 1011
Less than 1 year after my first 10K in May 2010
Shamrock 4k March 2011
First race after taking off 5 months for a pelvic stress fracture in 2010
1st woman overall (tiny race :)
|My first age group medal that I've ever earned.|
|Oh and PS: Who remembers this old header from early 2011??!!|
And the Gnu Bar Giveaway Winner (based on Random.org #6) is:
Go check out her blog! She's a fabulously adventurous girl who is majorly entertaining.
Heather, please e-mail me at katherine.hopper @ gmail.com with your mailing address so that I can send your info to Gnu Bars!
Thanks to all of you for participating, I wish there were enough free bars to go around to everybody.
If you had your heart set on winning some Gnu Bars and you still want to try them, you can go to the Gnu Bar website and order a 5-bar Sampler Pack for $7.95 (and free shipping!)
Last but not least...THANK YOU ALL for being so supportive of all my running adventures over this past year!
What's your favorite year of your running career thus far?
Well, this is certainly my favorite so far. It ended on a high note. I may have reached my peak early haha.