2011 was a bittersweet year for me in terms of running and racing. It all started so well, with my training for the Shamrock Marathon in March (and that is when I started the blog!) and the White Lake Half Ironman (my first) in May, but took a turn for the worst in June when I tore the articular cartilage under my knee cap. As a result the second half of the year was dedicated to active recovery and building up my mileage again while allowing my knee joint to adjust and recover. I had carefully build up my mileage to be able to run 15miles, but after last weekend’s 10k trail run, my knee is very much back to where it was in September: a bit swollen and hurting. So I’m a tad disappointed that I am ending the year on a bit of a set back.
But I want to focus on the positive from the year:
I ran one marathon: The Shamrock Marathon, March, Virginia Beach, VA
I ran one half marathon: Rock n Roll Las Vegas Half, December, Las Vegas, NV
I ran one 10 miler, the Richmond Capitol 10 miler, October, Richmond, VA
I ran one 5k (it’s amazing that I ran any at all…I don’t typically sign up for these anymore), the Vine to Wine 5k in June.
I completed multiple sprint and olympic triathlons, including…
The Y-Tri Challenge (an indoor triathlon in March), Lynchburg, VA
The Shenandoah Tri for the Y (18.4 miles), June, Waynesboro, VA
The Mission Man Triathlon (18.6 miles), July, Burlington, NC
The Culpepper Triathlon (19.4 miles), end of July, Culpepper, VA
Overall it was an ok year. I had some victories and some setbacks. I had planned on running another full marathon but with the knee injury it just wasn’t feasible. As a result, I am trying my hardest to be positive as I look forward to my race schedule in 2012.
Here are some races I plan on tackling in 2012 (the races with an asterisk are tentative!)
*Murtle Beach Marathon (or half), February 18
Williamsburg Colonial Half, February 26
Irish Sprint 10k, March 17
Charlottesville 10 Miler, March 31
Pittsburgh Marathon, May 6
Marine Corps Half Marathon, May 20
Decker’s Creek Half Trail Marathon, June 2
VA/NC Tri Series (Still deciding on races through Set Up Events), Summer 2012
Marine Corps Marathon
*New York City Marathon (fingers crossed!)
Was 2011 a good training/racing year for you? What races do you have planned for 2012?