Out with the old, in with the new

2012 was quite a ride! I don’t have a compilation of stats and records like I usually do. To be honest, I don’t even know how many miles (kilometres) I ran last year. I’m still not quite sure how I feel about that but I don’t seem to be scrambling to figure it out.

After an aggressive year of training plans and PRs in 2011, my focus shifted quite a bit in 2012. I still logged all of my workouts, but I rarely followed a training schedule, nor did I pay much attention to the figures. I ran more “for fun” and the experience of running two World Majors, slowing down a lot in the process. Do I wish I could still run a 3:3X marathon? Of course. Is it demoralizing to compare my paces to the previous year? Yes. But do I regret it? No.

Meanwhile I shifted my focus towards long distance triathlon, completing my first two half iron events and registering for my first full (Ironman Lake Placid, which is now this year – eek!).

Unfortunately, I also let things slide a little too much in the “off season” (and let it go on a little too long), so now I have a lot of work to do. Like many, I’m sure, January is a fresh start for me; a whole new training philosophy, hiring a coach for the first time, and learning to eat like an athlete again.

I haven’t had a lot of time or motivation to blog lately, but hopefully that will change in the coming weeks because I definitely plan to document this journey as best as I can. I hope you’ll join me!

I’ll stop here for now and wish you a Happy New Year from our home to yours! Here’s hoping that 2013 brings many good things to all of us. 2012 will be tough to top – from running the Boston Marathon side-by-side, to falling in love with our puppy who is so much more, to moving into our (hopefully) forever home, I’m not sure it could have been any better.

 

16 thoughts on “Out with the old, in with the new

  1. Happy New year!! I am so excited for 2013 even tho this year is going to be even busier than 2012! Hopefully you and I will have more motivation to blog this winter!!

  2. Happy New Year. I’m not surprised that your blog motivation has deserted you with all the other stuff happening in your life. Looking forward to hearing what 2013 has in store for you And, more importantly, to see all the cute photos of Miles.

  3. Cut yourself some slack. You have had big life changes this year. And it is good that you are focusing your energy on the things that are most important. I love it when you blog, but totally GET why it takes a back seat! Keep us posted this year! Looking forward to seeing you train!

  4. hey i compare myself to times from 4 years ago so… lol. not so great from a mental aspect to beat yourself up like that but clearly i do it plenty! happy new year to my favourite canadiens!

  5. Sometimes a shift is what is needed, especially after such a focussed and FAST year you had last year. Amazing what you will do in 2013.. so inspiring. HUGS! Miss you friend.. Congrats on your house

  6. Happy New Year Marlene. It was a pleasure following you last year and I’m definitely keep hanging around here to see you finish the Ironman in Lake Placid.

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