The 5K I ran this past weekend was the last race of my 2011 season. It’s funny how I look at the end of the fall racing season with mixed emotions. I am happy to let myself get some additional rest before gearing up for half-marathon training, but at the same time I know I will miss the adrenaline rush that comes with racing.
The spring and fall 2011 racing season was the first time I have really had the chance to focus on training since the birth of my two boys. I have to admit, it was nice to finally have the time to concentrate on myself and something that I am passionate about.
As a person who never raced much to begin with (although I did run a lot), I am happy to have finished 8 races this season. This year I chose to focus on the shorter distance 5K. I never thought of myself as much of a shorter distance runner, so I am grateful to have taken about 4 minutes off my 5K time this year. Although I recognize that the lower the numbers, the harder you have to fight for those seconds; I am hopeful that I can continue to see lower times.
In 2012, I am going to run another half-marathon (my first was in 2005). I ran the inaugural Boston Run to Remember and finished in 2:00:51. My goal at the time was just to finish the race, so this year I am going to try and “race” the Shamrock Anthem Half Marathon in March. I know it’s a stretch, but I would like to hit 1:40 for the half- that will be my A goal. I have yet to decide on the B and C goals!
Did you meet your goals for the 2011 season? What are your goals for 2012?