|This is supposed to be me looking back at 2012. |
This was taken right after I finished the Dirty German which was the highlight of the year.
|Easy:||5K PR • |
|Medium:||sub 20 5k • sub 1:35 half • sub 3:20 marathon • |
|Hard:||sub 19:30 5k • sub 1:32 half • sub 3:15 marathon • |
|Crazy Hard:||sub 19:00 5k • sub 1:30 half • BQ|
I had 3 general categories of goals. Times, Weight, and Running Distances/Consistency.
Unfortunately, I did not do as well as I hoped in the first two categories. In fact I completely failed in the weight department. Even though I did slip under 160lb for a week, I decided I wouldn't count it if I didn't stay under for a month, or more importantly, end the year under that weight. Instead, I ended the year at my highest weight. This is a big point of failure that I aim going to address in the new year.
|Last 16 months showing my peak fitness in February|
But enough about the disappointments of 2012. Now lets get to the goals I did meet. Aside from not running 2000 miles last year, I met every single weekly mile goal as well as running every single day for 141 days in a row. I am very proud of that. And it's not like I was just running a mile or two every day. My average for those 141 days was 7.1 miles.
And even though I did not run 2000 miles, I did run 1828 which was over 200 miles more than the previous year.
Of course my biggest accomplishment of last year was the Dirty German. That was one of those amazing experiences that I envisioned, planned and then actually followed through with. And that's just the training I'm talking about. The event itself was one of the most wonderful experiences and sharing it with my family and friends made it that much more memorable. I'm not going to go into any more detail about it here again since I already talked about it at length, but even now looking back 8 months ago, it makes me very happy.
The other event was the Marine Corps Marathon with Andy. Even though in some ways I was a bit disappointed with my personal performance, the whole experience from the training, to going down to DC and spending a little time with Andy, Jenn and the kids, to the expo, to the race, trumped my result. I was so happy to do it and be there for Andy's first!
So overall, despite not meeting a lot of the goals I laid out, I am very happy with how the year went. I made some great memories that I will be thinking about for the rest of my life, and I have some areas where I need to work on for this year. Speaking of this year, it's time for me to lay out my goals for 2013, I mean it is April already!