Best yet, I did it without any running related injuries and I'm old, too. (Disclaimer: I injured myself twice, but both times were due to falls during trail runs, not overuse/stress injuries.)
I also transitioned from partial heel strike to a midfoot strike. My stride feels so much smoother, and I feel so much stronger. I swear, sometimes I feel as if I am floating. Unfortunately, I haven't gotten much faster, but I'll take stronger over faster any time.
It was a damned good year.
|My muddy mug after Mt. Marathon.|
|Another marathon finish.|
|Running with my best girlfriend.|
|Half marathon with my sister.|
|Did I menion Hawaii?|
|And MM finally buys decent running socks (!!)|
I don't have many goals for 2013. I'd love to break 1,750 miles and I'd also love to race a marathon where I'm not continually pooping in the woods or peeing blood in the woods, but maybe that's a bit too ambitious, no?
Mostly, I want to keep loving my runs. I want to look forward to my runs. I want to run happily and goofily. I want to smile and laugh and sing stupid songs off-key.
I also want to learn to take better photos, sigh, sigh. Or at least remember to take photos. Or at least remember to take my camera so that I can forget to take photos. (So much to remember!)
But on to better things. Like recent runs. And blurry photos. And me on recent runs in blurry photos.
|My secret superpower: Stretching my arm until I touch the top of tunnels. (So why can't I stretch my leg so that I can run a 7:30 pace???)|
Don't I look a little bit like a super hero in this pic? This is because there is so much snow and hardened ice on the trails that I can touch the top of the tunnel connecting the Coastal Trail to the Chester Creek Trail. So exciting! I had to stop for a photo. This was around mile 17 of a 21 miler, and I was feeling great.
Of course I was feeling great: The weather was 44 degrees (44!) when we started. After weeks of single digit temps, it was like running in Hawaii. Added plus: Many areas of the trails have been groomed/ packed down so that we could actually run instead of slog.
This is exciting because the previous week I logged 46.5 miles on the treadmill. MM and I pounded out side-by-side 19 milers at Planet Fitness. We were there forever, and there wasn't anything good of TV, either.
Good news: Santa brought me this:
|Barbie! But wait, where are your running clothes?|
Hope everyone had a great holiday season. Happy running.
Oh, oh: And this came, my Christmas present to myself. It's a YA novel I read years ago and just had to order. Do you ever do that, suddenly remember a book you've read and it nags and nags at you until you simply have to read it again? I also have been thinking of "Kentucky Love" by Joe Coomer, so probably I will order that soon, too.
Weekly running total: 42 mile plus two days of cross training
Reading: Everything in sight, including the toothpaste container
Writing: Oh, yes!