It’s been awhile since I last wrote about running, so let’s catch up quickly…
After my sub-par experience in the NYC Marathon in November, I felt like I had unfinished business. I had ambitions to run a December marathon to prove that I could run much faster, but my feet and left knee had other plans. For about two weeks post-marathon, my feet wouldn’t stop doing this strange creaking thing. And when that finally stopped and allowed me to “start” running, I’d get sharp knee pain after about one mile of running. Blah. Everyone’s different, but after two marathons, I’ve figured out that no matter how slow I run a marathon, my body takes at least a month to recover. Two months to be back to normal, solid running. Oh, well…
About a week after strange knee pain subsided, I ran my first post-marathon race. I’ll tell you this, going from the NYC marathon to a local, no-chip, 5k race is just about as 180 as you can get in running races. Still, it was nice to be able to run again, and at a fairly decent pace (21:17, technically a PR but the course was short).
I trotted along aimlessly through the holiday season, randomly running whenever I felt like it, and however fast (or slow) I wanted to run. I love training, but sometimes it’s really nice to just to be running for the heck of it… you know, just running so that you can come inside and resume holiday cookie eating. You better believe I did a long run on Christmas Eve to justify eating mega chippers.
I ran another race/run on New Year’s Day in Syracuse. I’m not really calling this a race, because there were no official times, and the distance was not normal (4.7 miles?). Anywho, it was a nice way to start 2012… I ran the first 1.25-1.5 with my sister, then picked it up and ran the rest on my own. We should mark this in history, since I had never and probably will never again finish an athletic contest in front of her! She’s a quick one. She may or may not be in the midst of an injury, explaining my finishing ahead of her, but who’s keeping track?
So, that brings us to the present. 2012! Gah, we only have 12 more months to live…
I’ve never really been big on New Year’s resolutions, but this year I’ve “resolved” to run one race per month. This may not seem like that big of a deal to other runners, but for a girl who historically has not run many races (I’m now up to 12, including 2 marathons and 3 half marathons), this should be a pretty good challenge. I know that I’ll be a better, more mentally tough runner in the long run if I run races more frequently, so that’s the plan. I think it’ll also keep me from having “all my eggs in one basket” like I sort of did with the NYC marathon this past year. You can have one off race, but having 12 (or more) off races is pretty unlikely (knock on wood).
So with that, I’ll finish this post few of my “penciled in” races for 2012:
- January: Resolution Run, Chilly Chili 5k (weather pending!)
- March: NYC Half Marathon
- May: Mountain Goat 10 Mile Run, possibly Buffalo Marathon
- July: Utica Boilermaker 15k
- October: Chicago Marathon (?)
- November: NYC Marathon (?) or Richmond Marathon (?)