It’s been a little while (almost a year to be exact) since I wrote my New Year’s Resolution Post but I decided to go back and check out some of my running related goals when 2012 started. One of my goals was to run a race every month! This included 5K’s all the way to marathons. I knew this would not be possible if I got injured but as long as I could physically do it, I wanted to run at least one race every month.
I didn’t know what I was getting into back in January when I made this goal but I’m glad I decided to go for it. This goal really made me step out of my comfort zone. I ran a few races that went well and a few I care to forget! I ran a few races that I would have definitely passed on but I knew I “needed” a race that month so I did it anyway.
So here we go. The best and worst of it all.
Race completed: 19
Month with the most racing: October
Best marathon course: Houston
Worst weather race: CASA 5K. FYI- You should never start a race at 9 am in the summer in Arkansas.
|Mid 80’s and humid as I’ll get out…|
Best competitive race: PortFest 5K in Newport. Apparently, I focus a little more when money is on the line.
|Running through morning traffic and dodging cars|
|“Which way????” I had to ask this quite a few times during this HM.|
Best new distance: The River Trail 15K. Last minute decision and I actually googled 15K to figure out how far I would be racing. (Not sure why I didn’t just think of a 5K times 3!) I ended up really liking this distance. By the way- a 15K is 9.3 miles. 🙂
Worst hill ever: D &L Heritage Marathon in mile 20. Enough said.
|Top of the hill. Source
Worst attitude I had: CASA 5K. I totally let myself check out and feel defeated.
Best consistent splits/ pacing: Micah Rine 5K. I was on and focused!
Most challenging course: White River 4 Mile Classic. This one was just so hot & hilly!
Best surprise ending: Escalon Fete 10K when I set the course record. Never done this before and it sort of made me wish like I would have run a little harder. I had no idea!
Prettiest course: D & L Heritage Marathon
Most fun: Fit4Christ 5K with Abi.
Most favorite of the year: Capital City Classic 10K.
|I still can’t believe Abi took this picture! She was 7 at the time.|
The summer races were by far the hardest. Besides the heat (which was a major factor) I battled tendonitis and spent more time cross training than running. If it were not for my once a month racing goal I am pretty confident that my June race (CASA 5K) and August race (White River 4 Mile Classic) would not have happened.
Did I race too much? Probably. I’m going to try not to think about how much money I spent on racing this year. Nineteen races? That’s not even counting NYC which I registered for and then was cancelled. That race alone cost more than any of the 19. I did win a total of $100 and but spent hundreds more. I really do try to be frugal when it comes to racing and look for ways to save money. I always register early and look for group deals to go in on whenever they are offered. Hopefully next year I can earn a little more and spend a little less. I will not be keeping this racing every month goal for 2013. I just don’t have a January race and I’m not going to try to hunt one down. I will be setting new running goals and will share them once I have some time to think about it a little more.
What are some of your year’s best and worst stories? Please share!!