Highlights included being selected as part of Team MARATHON Bars, achieving an official 5k time that starts in 19:xx, and taking several minutes off my 10K and half marathon times.
I obtained my RRCA Coaching Certification, participated in my very first marathon relay, and even survived a trail race.
We traveled to races and abroad for vacation.
I enjoyed spending more time with my mini-me during training runs and races, and except for a minor hiccup, remained relatively injury free.
Having now broken many of my long standing goals, it leaves me re-evaluating what I want to achieve in 2012. I’ve been chasing the same goals for so long it’s weird to think I can finally put some of them to rest. There are always new challenges to be had, so it’s time to freshen up my list.
First there’s the NYC Marathon. Registration for those meeting “guaranteed entry standards” opens on January 2nd. I’ve applied through the lottery system twice before, and didn’t get in either time. I have a qualifying time for guaranteed entry this year. Like Boston, they’re making the standards tougher for 2013…..impossibly hard in my opinion, so it’s either now or never if I want to take advantage of a guaranteed entry. Mr. Blondie has given me his blessing, as this race holds a special place in his heart too. His dad ran the NYC Marathon several times in its early years.
It’s been over 5 years since I ran my last full marathon. If you’ll recall, I didn’t exactly train properly for my previous marathons. I got by running on a whole bunch of haphazard mileage.
If I were to run another marathon I’d want to do it the “right way” this time around, by not only training harder, but SMARTER than I have in the past. My goal would be to break 3:30 which is in line with my other race times.
The longest I can run with the jogging stroller is about 10 miles, so I haven’t entertained the idea of racing anything longer than a half marathon since Emily was born. Since Mr. Blondie typically works weekends and my gym has a 2 hour childcare limit, this would mean doing my 16, 18, 20+ milers after work during the week. During the summer, IN GEORGIA. I get a little woozy just thinking about it.
Other people manage to do it. I know I could too. Question is, do I really WANT to do it?
Another option I’m considering is investing in a road bike so I can attempt duathlons and sprint tri’s this year. I’d have to learn one/two completely new sports. If that’s not a good personal challenge, I don’t know what is. However a road bike is a big cash investment. Mr. Blondie is supportive of this as well (He’s one of those people that likes to tell me knees aren’t going to last forever if I keep running. It's my eyes that may wear out from rolling them every time he says that.), but after talking him into the elliptical and treadmill, it doesn’t seem very fair to spend even more money on one of my hobbies.
Plus, if I’m worried about finding the time and freedom to do long runs for a marathon, where do I think I’m going to find time for group rides and swims?
TICK. TOCK. TICK. TOCK.
To add to the noise in my head is the amplified sound of my biological clock ticking. We were waiting for Mr. Blondie to make some more career advancements before that happened, but we’d like to give Emily a sibling sometime before she’s in
If it looks like there are going to be positive job changes, this may become a top priority. Bow chica wow wow.