A Year In Running 2012

It’s that time of year again when I reflect over my fitness accomplishments. This year was a busy year with two half marathons!

2011 Rock’n’Roll Half Marathon
Date: 10/23/2011
Location: Downtown St. Louis
Distance: 13.1 miles
Time: 2:33:10
Pace: 11:41

My first half marathon. And the longest distance I ever ran. I ran without walk breaks and felt really great. Had a strong finish. I felt so good, I scheduled my next half marathon within a week!

2012 Run for the Chocolate
Date: 02/12/2012
Location: Downtown St. Louis
Distance: 5K
Time: 29:22
Pace: 9:28

It was so cold! So cold, that I ran so fast! This race was new PR for me.

2012 St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run
Date: 03/17/2012
Location: Downtown St. Louis
Distance: 5 miles
Time: 47:55
Pace: 9:35

I was happy with the time/pace. It was pretty close to my 5K PR pace. And considering it was a longer distance, I did pretty well.

2012 Maryville Race Against Violence 5K
Date: 04/01/2012
Location: Maryville University, St. Louis, MO
Distance: 5K
Time: 31:15
Pace: 10:05

It was hot, windy, and hilly. A better time than last year.

2012 Go! St. Louis Half Marathon
Date: 04/15/2012
Location: Downtown St. Louis
Distance: 13.1 miles
Time: 2:38:58
Pace: 12:14

Bleh. Slower than last October. It was warmer and had some long uphill stretches.

2012 Benton Park Totally 80’s 5K
Date: 05/19/2012
Location: Benton Park, St. Louis, MO
Distance: 5K
Time: 29:04
Pace: 9:22

New PR! I really pushed myself on this one and really kicked it in in the end.

2012 Go! St. Louis All American 5K
Date: 06/17/2012
Location: Kirkwood/Webster Groves, MO
Distance: 5K
Time: 29:09
Pace: 9:24

This race was billed as the fastest 5K in St. Louis because it was “all downhill”. Well, that was a lie. They also failed to record my finish time. So this time/pace was based on my watch time. Nonetheless, I pretty much matched my PR from the month before by a couple of seconds.

So that is my year in running. New PR’s. Longer distances. Can’t wait to see what this next year will bring. My training paces are already getting faster. So we’ll see how I do at the Rock’n’Roll half marathon in October.

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