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Reflecting on running in 2012, and running the last two in the snow.

Posted Dec 30 2012 12:00am

12.30.12

I recently wrote a “running recap” for 2012 on my post about the Northampton Hot Chocolate 5k at the beginning of December (my last scheduled race for 2012).  I like it… and I think you should check it out again, just incase if you missed it.

Here’s the link….

http://ijustdostuff.com/post/37375738688/northamptons-hot-chocolate-5k-recap-12-2-12

and because I know not too many people will click on that… I’ll juscopy and paste what I wrote:

It was bittersweet to end my 2012 race career with the Northampton Hot Chocolate 5k (and the surprise that followed it!)


2012 has been a wild racing year for me—
This year I’ve learned so much about running, as well as having learned so much about myself. I set and made goals, AND reached them. ABSOLUTELY NONE OF IT was easy. There were doubts and of course tough days, tears, pulled muscles, tons and tons and tons of sweat, long runs, short runs, track runs and trail runs. Extremely long and lonely runs. 26.2 miles in 90degree weather. there was also snow runs. rainy runs, and hills upon hills. BUT I couldn’t have conquered any of this without the help of my friends, family, and Nathan, and for that I am forever grateful. They believed in me, and running is such a mental battle sometimes…. all you need is that one person that says “YOU CAN DO IT.” I wouldn’t have changed a thing about this running year. I’m incredibly happy with what running has brought to my life, and the fact that I can say that I love running. I’m happy about what I can give to the sport of running, and what the sport of running can bring to my mind, body and spirit.

I’m not quite sure how it can get any better than this, but I’m looking forward to what 2013 has in store for me in the running world, and boy, I can’t wait!! ;)
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I wanted to run a few more miles for 2012.  I actually planned on going to the gym to run on the treadmill.  I looked outside, and even though it was exteremely windy, 25degrees and messy from the snow, THE SUN WAS OUT!! DONE DEAL!! I decided to head outside to run my last couple of miles. :)
 
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I ran “unplugged”, meaning without my headphones…it was just Me and my footsteps.  It’s what running is all about.  It was peaceful, rewarding, and just what I needed.
 
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I ended up running 2 miles in 21:03.  It was slow and slippery, but I was out there.  :)
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