2012 has been a good year for me as far as running is concerned. I consistently improved my times for all race distances, and was fortunate to be introduced to a great running group in Keene that meets on Sunday mornings. Running with others keeps me on my toes, has helped me step up the pace, and introduced me to some wonderful people and beautiful trails…can’t beat that! Below is a picture of some of the members taken at the Swanzey Covered Bridges Half in September.
I set a goal of 1000 miles for the year, and have reached it. At the beginning of the year, I didn’t think I could run without music and headphones, but now I can’t imagine running with them—I enjoy the meditative state that sets in after 10 or 15 minutes.
As the days have grown shorter and it has become more difficult to run outdoors before and after work, I have diversified into spinning a couple of times a week, treadmill (or dreadmill as many call it), an occasional swim (though I really need to get some lessons to become more efficient), and continuing with core fitness work with my trainer at the Y. My friend Lois from Michigan, who has run over 350 marathons, visited in November and she did the Manchester marathon while I did the half. She introduced me to a group out of Michigan called Half2run where you run half marathons in half the states in America. So far I have done six, but all of them have been in New Hampshire or Massachusetts, so next year I definitely need to start to diversify.
I am still working on my schedule for 2013, but so far here is how it is shaping up for the first half of the year:
February 24 Half at Hampton Beach, NH
March 2 Tuscaloosa Half, AL (with my cousin Millie )
March 16 Holyoke St. Patrick’s 10K (Holyoke, MA)
April 7 Stratton Faxon Danbury Half (Danbury, CT)
June 2 Acadia National Park Half Marathon (Bar Harbor, ME)
July 15 Stowe 8 miler
All in all, I hope to cover six or seven additional states in 2013, so still need to find a few more races, including one in neighboring Vermont.