Thursday, January 5, 2012

2011 - What a Year! (Recap)

I know. Everyone else did this last week. I'm a slacker. I'll try to keep this brief, or at least shorter than last years. (EDIT: this is NOT shorter than last year, and TONS of pictures, FYI).


I had a sucky running slump in the summer. I'll blame it on a crappy attitude and poor training. Couple that with heat and many weeks of back-to-back racing... I started the RLRF program in August and it changed EVERYTHING. I have had a much better time the last few months, and am not dreading training as much. I had a tentative goal of running 1,500 miles (WAY up from last year), and ended up running 1,563.47. December was my highest mileage month EVER with 183.88 miles run. MADNESS.
Where to begin??? I raced a ridiculous amount in 2011. I toed the line 51 times... RIDICULOUS. Here are all the numbers:

  • 1 mile - 1 race and an instant PR as I've never raced this distance (7:46)
  • 5K - 7 races
  • 4 mile - 1 race and a new PR (35:25)
  • 10K - 1 race and FINALLY a new PR (57:47)
  • Half Marathon - 34 races. 34 HALF MARATHONS=MADNESS. New PR (1:58:30)
  • 20 Mile - 1 race and instant PR with a new distance (3:42:00)
  • Full Marathon - 4 races and a new PR (4:28:15)
  • 50K - 1 race and and instant PR with a new distance (6:47:21)
  • 50 Miles - 1 race and instant PR with a new distance (11:52:20)
The only "goal" I gave myself was to do planks this year. I think my initial goal was 100 minutes for the year. I kicked this goal right in the ass. I ended up doing 846 minutes. That's awesome.

I also had to make a class change at my gym. Due to scheduling, I wasn't going to be able to attend BodyPump anymore. I decided to try P90X, and stuck to it pretty well for a few months. It hurt like crap the first few times I did it, but found it too hard to find the time to do it at home. Instead, I've spent the last 8 months taking Turbo Kickboxing. I love it! And I get to do a different cardio workout. I also use the stationary bike at least once or twice a week.

Best Of (Racing Pics)

Mississippi Blues Half Marathon - Jackson, MS
First Light Half Marathon (with Elizabeth from Running For Bling) - Mobile, AL - home of my PR!!
In the Birdcage at the Bermuda Triangle Challenge
Polar Bear 5K - Denver, CO
Lost Dutchman Marathon - Apache Junction, AZ
Disney World Royal Family 5K - Orlando, FL
Caesar Rodney Half Marathon - Wilmington, DE
Horsetooth Half Marathon (with Rose) - Ft. Collins, CO 
Greenland Trail 50K - Greenland, CO
Great Wall of China Marathon - Jixian, CHINA
Casper Half Marathon- The state that put us on the SUN with Half Fanatics
See Jane Run Half Marathon - Boise, ID
St. Petersburg Marathon - St. Petersburg, Russia
Diva's Half - Vail, CO
Disneyland 5K with A - Anaheim, CA
Disneyland Half Marathon with L as the Tweedles - Anaheim, CA
Panerathon 5K - Westminster, CO
Bear Chase 50 Miler FINISHERS - Lakewood, CO
Rock n' Roll Denver
Post Baltimore Half Marathon
Amica Half Marathon with Lisa from Because I Can - Rhode Island
Amica Half Marathon
Big Hit Half Marathon - Louisville, KY
Our 50th Half Marathon - White River Half Marathon - Cotter, AR
Route 66 Half Marathon

I went a lot of places in 2011. My favorites:

Disney World
New York City
Washington DC
The Wizard of Oz Museum - Kansas
NKOTB Cruise 2011
NKOTB Cruise 2011
NKOTB Cruise 2011 - 80s Night
NKOTB Cruise 2011
NKOTB Cruise 2011 - Bahamas
NKOTB Cruise 2011 - Bahamas
NKOTB Cruise 2011 (Nassau)
St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia
St. Petersburg, Russia
Cave of the Mounds with my extended family - Wisconsin
Disney Land
Disney Land
Rhode Island
St. Louis
Surprisingly... I have a life outside of all ^ that. I have a part time job doing accounting/bookkeeping for a local roofing company. I am also a part time student taking classes in Criminal Justice - I finished last semester with 9 credit hours and STRAIGHT A's!! I also do other activities, and most of them outside of running involve Miss Munchkin.

Favorite A pictures:

We love hot chocolate!
Playing the Wii (beating me at Mario  Kart)

Learned to ride with NO training wheels!!

First Day of Kindergarten

Race for the Cure

A turns 6

Dressed up to see "The Nutcracker"

Roller Skating

Daisy Girl Scout Field Trip to the Candy Factory
Lost ANOTHER tooth
Dallas, TX

New Years Eve with Sparkling Apple Cider
Apparently J and I didn't do anything too exciting, or at least nothing I took pictures of. Oops.

As for 2012? As I've said before, I don't do "resolutions." I think deciding something because of a date on a calendar is dumb. I will continue with what I'm doing and hope for good things. 2012 is NOT starting out great, but I'll save that for another post.


  1. I'm pretty sure you wouldn't really be able to cram anything else into 2011! Looking forward to reading about all your 2012 adventures!

  2. 1. I can't imagine having your racing schedule + going to school + working + having a 6 year old... wow
    2. B keeps saying to me... "I can't wait to read about B's new PR, I keep checking her blog for it!!!" haha
    3. Sorry that 2012 isn't starting out great, BUT in 2 weeks you'll see me, so it will make up for it!

  3. What Lisa J said - I'm not-super-patiently waiting for the PR recap.

    #3 has those monkey pajamas. Matchy matchy!

  4. Wow! Your pictures make me want to get on a plane and race somewhere cool. Oh wait, let's do that in February, shall we? Well, Austin is excitingly cool for me...

  5. Wow! Looks like a great year! Can't wait to see what is in store for 2012:) And of course hear about the PR;)

  6. WOW! Don't know if I could do all that in ten years!

    I want to go race somewhere far away now!

    What great memories!

    Nice recap.

  7. I'm speechless...that is an amazing year. Here's hoping 2012 starts looking better.

  8. What a great year! Looks like you were hangin' tough. That's a pun.

  9. Great year! That ballet pose is too cute!

  10. you are incredibly inspiring to me. Love your recaps. Congrats on a great year!

  11. What a year!!! I can only imagine what 2012 will look like!!

  12. LOVED all of the pics! you had a fabulous year!

  13. It has been so awesome knowing you over this past year! I always love your recaps.

    MY highlights for your year ... China and NKOTB!!!


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