2011 was a big year for me. I ran 22 races, breaking both my my 5K and half marathon PRs twice and getting a new PR in the 10 miler. Dorothy Beal (Mile Posts) recently did an Athlete Bio on me and asked me to outline where I started to where I am now - listing my first race time and then my current PR. I like the trend. I am running faster and I am stronger at 36 than I was at age 30. I don't plan on slowing down either.
5K: 28:07 in 2006 - Current PR: 22:02
10K: 54:38 in 2007 - Current PR: 45:49
10 Mile: 1:33:07 in 2006 - Current PR: 1:14:35
Half Marathon: 2:04:35 in 2005 - Current PR: 1:41:48
Marathon: 4:35:21 in 2005 - Current PR: 3:39:45
50 Mile: Current and forever PR: 9:12:07
The best thing is that the PRs I have posted are not a reflection of my potential and that is so exciting to me. There is no reason why I shouldn't be running sub-21 5Ks, sub-45 10Ks, sub-1:14 10 Milers, a Half Marathon in 1:3X and a Marathon in 3:30. All of these times are totally within my reach. Now that I am training with CAR and George - adding a little structured discipline and race strategy into the mix - there is no doubt that I will hit these goals. My race "strategy" for any and all distances up to this point has been to get to the START and run as fast as I can for however long I can. It's worked? Maybe? Because I still posted some PRs? I list these statements as questions only because I am not sure it has worked and it probably held me back BUT I am learning and growing.
I put together a Race Schedule for the first part of 2012. It seems light, but I haven't done a Spring Marathon in years so instead of racing a lot of the shorter distances, I will be doing long runs. That only means I will have the opportunity to cheer others on, which I love as well!
- New Year's Day 5K - Reston, VA - January 1, 2012
- Love the Run You're With 5K - Arlington, VA - February 12, 2012
- Rock'n Roll National Half Marathon - Washington, DC - March 17, 2012
- Boston Marathon - Boston, MA - April 16, 2012
- Capitol Hill Classic 10K - Washington, DC - May 20, 2012
- Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon - Leesburg, VA - June 2, 2012
*There may be more shorter races added after Boston*
There will be bumps in the road, no doubt. I tend not to let the bumps get me down. I believe in my training and I am confident that I have surrounded myself with the right people to help me get there.