Looking back at 2011, I'd have to say it was a pretty great year. First and best of all, I got married in October. Jen has been great for me and my running. I'm very lucky. (Now that I've made all my guy friends throw up in their mouths, I'll get onto the running highs and lows).
Total mileage - 3,341mi = 64.3 mile per week avg for the year. P.R.
I ran a total of 34 races, which was down a bit from last year. I set a few P.R.'s.
4mi-20:29 (tie P.R. from last year)
50K trail-3:47:28 at Pisgah which was a P.R. by 17 minutes!!
Besides my P.R's I also had a few other races that I was really pleased with:
I was pumped to win Mt. Greylock and Savoy, two tough races that I've never won before setting personal bests on the courses, beating a strong field at Savoy.
I was very pleased with my Pisgah race, even though I didn't win.
I was pleased with the Cape Cod Marathon. My time was not great, but the conditions were brutal and it's a challenging course. I got 7th, which was the first time I scored in a grand prix.
I ran a 15:39 5K at the end of a 96 mile week this summer.
I was happy to win my 5th Lil Rhody. Next year I want to break 45min!!
I really enjoyed winning my heat in the only 2 800's I ran this year.
And finally, I had a really strong race at the Keene State Alumni Race. Finishing 4th for the Alumni on a really strong team.
Some of my lows are the Terrier Invite mile-4:26 where I totally tanked, James Joyce 10K where I got slower and slower (I was sick) and the Keene 4 0n the 4th - I just faded the last mile and simply didn't run very tough. Oh well, you live and learn.
I am really excited for 2012 and I have some goals set.
1. Stay Healthy
2. Run over 3,500 miles
3. Lift 3 x week
4. Run sub 4:20 in the mile
5. Run sub 8:40 in the 3000
6. Run sub 15:00 in the 5000
7. Run new p.r.'s for 5miles and 10K (they're soft 26:20/32:52)
8. Run sub 2:30 in the marathon
9. Win the Pisgah 50K
10. Score in at least 2 Grand Prix races
11. Run at least 6 Grand Tree races (last year was the first time in a long time I didn't score in that series -only 5 races)
12. Do doubles more!!
Here's wishing everyone a Healthy and Happy New Year, with lot's of P.R.'s.