1. 4 Continents (North America - Philly & DC, South America - Brazil & Argentina & Paraguay, Asia - Shanghai, Europe - London). Favorite city: London. So much history and culture; so much to see and do. Easy to get around on the Tube. Pre-olympics excitement!
2. Experiencing the Philadelphia Marathon with some of my Closest Friends
3. Iguazu Falls - Re-visiting Niagara Falls had been on my lifetime bucket list. I went to Niagara when I was little, and I've always wanted to go back. Iguazu was a good substitute.
4. Pisgah National Forest Trail Run - My first adventurous training run. I had done a trail half marathon before, and I ran a bit on a trail before, but this was the first intentional trail run. It was super-exiciting, experiencing carrying a hand-held, figuring out the best ways for traversing the terrain, and dealing with a bee sting.
5. 4 Lifetime PRs (Marathon - in Albany in 3:37:49 in March, Half Marathon - in iRecycle in 1:35:43 in August, 10K - in Run2Overcome in 45:54 in August, 8K - in TROAD in 35:03 in September, Mile - in Mary Black in 5:48 in May). Most dramatic improvement in my mile, which had previously been at 5:59. Phew!!! I didn't realize how many there were this year. The only distance where I didn't PR - the 5K.
6. Winnings - Albany Marathon gym bag, $175 in cash, and the TROAD. Proudest of the gym bag. Most freaked out by the TROAD.
7. Hunger Games Hysteria - Visiting Dupont Forest where some filiming was done, watching the movie with my sister, buying a bow & arrow, going to the midnight DVD release and getting an autographed card, sewing my own training shirt... I was obsessed. I don't know why that story resonated with me so much.
8. Hanging out with a Dog - Babysat Stella a few times. We went hiking together, she pooed on my carpet, I fed her obsession with food, and I tried to teach her to read running books.
10. Shows: Elementary, Modern Family, Biggest Loser, The Office, Amazing Race
11. Grace Church - Awesome sermons.
12. New Dish in my rotation: Lentils cooked in chicken broth, mixed with sauteed onions and garlic, with loads of black pepper.
Finally met my goal of running 1,000 miles in a single year!!! Exceeded it by a lot, actually. It helped that I crammed 2 marathons in this year, and that my second marathon training plan was higher volume than usual. I did 1094.0 mi this year. On Dec 31, I considered doing an extra 6 miler, just to make it an even 1,100. I could've done it, but it wasn't worth the extra trouble.
I ran 6 days, 7 hours, 8 minutes, and 19 seconds this year. Therefore, the average pace of my runs was 8:17/mi. On average, I ran 3 miles per day, or 24 minutes and 52 seconds.
I did an additional 2 days, 13 hours, 4 minutes, and 15s of cross-training. That's about 10 minutes per day. So total, I exercised for just under 35 min per day, on average.
Here's my weekly mileage:
Yellow - Marathon week
Pink - Half Marathon week
Orange - 8-10K week
Green - 5K week
Light Blue - Mile week
My Shoe Rotation:
Favorite shoes this year are highlighted in different colors. Based on the average distance per run on the shoe and my preferred surface type for that shoe, you can get a feel for when I like to use each model. It looks like I have a lot of shoes in the rotation, but some of them are duds that I ended up not liking much (Newtons and the New Balance 858), or they may be very specialized shoes that I don't get to use often (track spikes, racing flats).
Ok, I think that's good for now. In summary, it's been a good year.