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12 Races in 2012 in Pictures

Posted Dec 06 2012 7:40pm

My 2012 resolution  was to run one race every month in 2012.  I actually ended up running 13, but who’s counting.  Wait, I am.

Having a monthly goal was a great way to stay motivated throughout the year.  No matter what my level of motivation was over the last 12 months, it rose and fell periodically, I always knew I had a race to run.  It was fun planning and choosing my races for the upcoming months.  I have seen other people commit to running 12 half marathons in 2012, but I decided to vary my race distances.  This helped keep it fun and also helped my pocketbook, as half marathons can be expensive.   All of my races were official organized races, although I did run a few virtual races, which I did not include in my count.   

What I learned is having a monthly plan and goal kept me going all year.  Having a manageable goal of one race a month gave me something to look forward to each month.  I may use this same technique for my 2013 goals.  Instead of, “Read more things that are not on the internet,”  how about “Read one actual book a month.”   2013 New year Resolutions coming soon.

My races were fun.  I got some new race t-shirts, earned a few new PR’s, and even scored a few more half marathon finishers medals.  All in all,  it was a great year of racing.   I am looking forward to doing 13 in 2013.

  • Favorite race:  The Huntington Beach Surf City Half Marathon because it was my first destination race and a vacation with my best friend.
  • Most rewarding race: The Dallas Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon because it was my half marathon PR and the first time I ran a sub 2 hour half.
  • Most fun race: The Dirty Girl Mud Run .
  • Hardest race: The San Antonio Rock 'n Roll Half because I was sick and ran it on less than four hours sleep.  If it wasn't for my supportive BFF cheering me on from the sidelines, I may not have made it.  
  • The Fire & Ice Race Series 10K in August was the first time I ever placed first in my division, (it was a very small race.)
Instead of boring you with all the details, I thought I would share my year of races in pictures. If you need reading material for when you can't sleep, you can click on the race name link to read my recaps.

January 2012
Name: Winter Race Series
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Distance: 15 miles
Time: 2:24:00

February 2012
Name: Huntington Beach Surf City Half Marathon Location: Huntington Beach, CA
Distance: Half MarathonTime: 2:00:56















































March 2012
Name: Rock 'n Roll Half Marathon Location: Dallas, TX
Distance: Half MarathonTime: 1:59:23 (a PR!)





























































April 2012
Name: Fort Worth Zoo Run Location: Fort Worth, TX
Distance: 10KTime: 53:32 (a PR)

























May 2012
Name: Heels & Hills Location: Los Colinas, TX
Distance: Half MarathonTime: 2:01:53












































June 2012
Name: The Three Amigos Location: Fort Worth, TX
Distance: Four MilesTime: 32:08 (a PR!)

























July 2012
Name: Too Hot To Handle Location: Dallas, TX
Distance: 15KTime: 1:21 (a PR!)

























August 2012
Name: Fire & Ice Race Series
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Distance: 10K
Time: 51:04 (a PR!)


























September 2012
Name: Color Me Rad
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Distance: 5K
Time: (unofficial not timed) 27:00



























October 2012
Name: Dirty Girl Mud Run
Location: Cedar Hill, TX (near Dallas)
Distance: 5K + muddy obstacles
Time: not timed










































November 2012
Name: Rock 'n Roll Half
Location: San Antonio, TX
Distance: Half Marathon
Time: 2:08:33




















































November 2012
Name: Fort Worth Turkey Trot
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Distance: 10K
Time: 55:46


























December 2012
Name: Jingle Bell 5K
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Distance 5K
Time: 27:17

























How did your races go for 2012?  What race plans to do you have for 2013?  Let me know in the comments!

Keep Running,

Lea


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