Trying to figure out where to begin in writing what I did in 2012 is pretty huge. After completing one half marathon at the close of 2011, I realized that running races and being a runner was quickly becoming a part of my identity.
However, my only “resolution” for 2012 that I wrote in the beginning of the year was simply: run more, possibly 1,200 miles. While 1,200 miles was certainly a fail, I did run more.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane!
In January I was contemplating running a marathon, but was worried I wouldn’t be capable of doing it since I hadn’t done any long distance running in a while. I increased my mileage and made 13.1 Marathon Los Angeles in Venice Beach a benchmark to see if I could do it.
February was a training month for the marathon. It was the first time I ran 18 miles from UC Berkeley to the Richmond BART and back, and 20 miles to Contra Costa Community College.This was all a preparation for March, where I would run from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier in the LA Marathon.
My goal in the LA Marathon was simply to finish in less than 5 hours. After all, it was my first marathon and I had no idea how I would do in the final 6.2 miles. Luckily, I finished within the time allotted. Great!
With all that marathon training, I tried out what my legs could do in a short race, so in April I pushed to Run 4 Cal with a 5K with my buddies.
I also ran the Pasadena Half Marathon for fun after moving out, which currently holds as the warmest race I ran. It was the hilliest too, but that would be overtaken by San Francisco later.
However, this training proved to be no match for the San Francisco Half Marathon, which I ran for the additional two medals (LA-SF Challenge, Half-It-All) on top of the normal finisher medal. I completed it at my worst competitive time, but hey, I was on vacation! Running across the Golden Gate Bridge and across SF’s unforgiving hills was quite a challenge.
I took August as a time to relax and prepare for work. This was also the time where I took my roadtrip across the United States. Eric, my roadtrip friend, and I were trying to run a half marathon in North Dakota, but realized we arrived the day after the race. Oops.
I settled back in the Bay Area in September and, without any training, I impulsively registered for the NorCal Half Marathon and did pretty well considering I slacked off. It was at this point I started this very own blog too, for the very point of logging and writing about my running travels.
Knowing that I had to get back into running, I kicked my training into high gear throughout October. Erica also registered for her very own first half marathon too, and I helped her push to the finish at the Los Angeles Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon.
In November I had a “what-the-hell” moment and registered for the US Half Marathon, exactly a week after the LA Rock n’ Roll. My legs didn’t fall off after running two half marathons in 7 days, but they certainly hated me.
I PRed a 5K in La Cañada Flintridge on Thanksgiving, and my mom joined me too!
Then, I ended my 2012 races in December with a run down Las Vegas Blvd. in the Las Vegas Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon, completing my first race outside of California.
I did all that in one year?! Holy crap. I’ve definitely grown a lot in 2012, pushing myself to limits I haven’t seen before.
But, as always, in 2013, it’s time to turn it up a notch and make it the year of running.
Happy New Year!