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.