In 2011, I wrote this really fun tribute to my running, month by month — by the miles. Halfway through this year I stopped counting my mileage. I know. Total runner faux paux. I became increasingly despondent over my inadequate race times and lack of passion for the sport. I hope 2013 will be a fresh start for my fitness, including my running. Until then, here is a look back at the miles I ran in 2012… those I remember. Enjoy!
January: 25 miles
At the start of the year I was beginning my training for the Cleveland Half-Marathon. I also announced I was an official blogger for the 2012 event. Around the same time I became increasingly distracted by the temptation to practice yoga instead of run. A new studio had opened near me and I was in love. Hot, sweaty vinyasa was my drug of choice.
February: 31.65 miles
In continued to enjoy everything Cleveland has to offer, and kept up on training, although frigid winter temperatures had me feeling discouraged with my training. I also said goodbye to the 1980s and sold my precious Jane Fonda workout tapes on eBay and signed up for the newest social media rage: Pinterest.
March: 38 miles
I continued to enjoy live in Cleveland (see a trend here?) and discovered pierogies! I also ran my first race of the year, which was also a favorite – the St. Malachi 5-Miler. On the blogging front, my blog was hacked for the first time.
April: 55.85 miles
During April I continued my training for the Cleveland Half-Marathon and stuck to my long runs. I also ran what looking back is now my favorite race of 2012 — the Cleveland 10-Miler. It was my first race that distance and an automatic PR. Again on the blogging front, things go serious and I bought a new camera.
May: 34.1 miles
My training came to a head and I ran the Cleveland Half-Marathon for the first time and recounted my journey as a blogger for the event. It was a memorable day for most everyone who ran it — miserable temperatures for May – in the 90s, which would set the tone for a sweltering summer of running.
In early June I tried to set my focus on improving my 5K time. I had my best 5K around 32-minutes in June although way off from my PR. I came to terms with 2012 not being “my” year for running. But it was OK and I focused on other hobbies including cooking more with our Fresh Fork CSA which I recapped for 22-weeks.
I declared July the worst month for blogging, with my own short hiatus. I ran a few more short distance races and continued my involvement with the Ohio Blogging Association by attending a memorable tour and social at Playhouse Square. I also showed the world how empty and pathetic our fridge was.
I added a new feature to the blog — email subscriptions and ate Taco Bell for the first time in eons. My yoga practice was still ongoing and I wrote a primer on how to clean your yoga mat and not contract nasty staph infections. Oy vey!
My running “boredom” came to a head and I told readers I had enough for the time being. So instead I began to practice yoga even more and started a yoga pose wish list to keep me challenged. I also experienced a baking failure when I tried to use swiss chard to make a rhubarb pie.
But those 5 a.m. workouts quickly came to an end, in a good way, when we adopted a lhasa apso dog and named her Lulu. I ran my final and worst 5K of 2011, a pre-turkey trot and said ‘adios’ to running until January. Around the same time I realized rather by mistake that I lost the 6 pounds I had held onto for more nearly a year.
I accomplished one of my yoga wish list poses for the first time — crow. I also wrote more about our experience with adopting a pet from the Cleveland APL and wrapped up the year with some traditional holiday baking.
2012 Total Mileage: 184.6 (January through May)
*You can read all of my 2012 race recaps here, along with those I have recapped since starting this blog in 2010.-- Thank you for reading. Want more news on how to keep a healthy home and lifestyle? Stay connected by subscribing to my blog's RSS feed or by signing up to receive posts via email. You can also follow me on Twitter, Instagram, Google+ and Pinterest.