I knew it could be done, but the immune systems gods tried their best to keep me down...I hacked and coughed, and blew my nose the majority of the final 22 miles this week, but I made it. And found that a temporary cure for a head cold comes in the form of running. Works better than any over-the-counter remedy out there :)
And now I'm going to get all number-y on you :)
Previous highest mileage year: 2010 - 1,341.5
2011: 2000.6 miles (659.1 miles more than 2010, bam!)
Hours running: ~311
Run entries: 244
Average run distance: ~8.2 miles
Average pace for all 244 runs: 9:18 (that's a considerable drop from 2010's average pace of 11:36, yowza!)
If I ran west from my front door for 2000 miles, I could get to: Bend, Oregon
If I ran east from my front door for 2000 miles, I could get to: Portland, Maine and still have 600+ miles to cover...but Google maps won't let me run across a glacier for some reason, so, Maine it is!
Race mileage: 402.6 (I liked focusing less on racing and more on high quality training...and I think it paid off pretty well. I plan to do this again in 2012: less racing, more training and loving it.)
It was a highly successful year over here, too, and I'm mostly going to outline the below items for my own personal need to document so that when I'm old I can look back and reminisce about the days of yore...and chuckle and say, "dang, I used to be so slow and lazy when I was younger!" :) So skip this brag-y part if you like.
Marathon: 3:39 (Crossroads of Indiana)
50k: 5:12 (Ice Age)
50 Mile: 7:44 (Des Plaines River Trail Races)
100 Mile: 22:40 (Javelina Jundred)
Pairs of running shoes in my closet at one time: 12
Number of Honey Stinger Waffles before I thought I'd toss my cookies: 12 (I need to work on this)
Number of falls on the exact same spot on my right knee, drawing good blood: 2
Number of injuries: 0
Number of sissy pains that my awesome ART/chiropractor worked on: 2
And that's a wrap folks!
What a fantastic year 2011 was! I sincerely look forward to all that 2012 has to offer, and I plan to take advantage of every bit of it...and running better than ever. It doesn't get much better than running a full year injury free, faster than I have before and farther than I have before...except for being able to repeat that same formula, and then some in the following year :)
So now that I've made you gag with this post, I'm simultaneously working on a different sort of 2011 wrap-up post, with pictures this time :)
I honestly wish you all the best in the new year, and I hope that you find and/or continue to cultivate your Serious Case of the Runs. We are a lucky folk who find joy in running. Now get off your computer/phone/tablet/whatever you're reading this from and go for a RUN!!
2012...I'm comin' fah YOU!
Photo credit: K. Troelstrup