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I am (still) F-I-E-R-C-E - end of 2012 | start of 2013

Posted Jan 22 2013 6:23am
I've spent the last few years writing year end recaps, as each year seemed to have some sweet spots.  These posts were about being a Fierce Warrior and getting back to the Shangri-La of Running .  These recaps often included my goals for the upcoming year:

HNY Fierce Warriors - 2009 I am F-I-E-R-C-E 2010 I am F-I-E-R-C-E 2011
2012 wasn't my best running year, but I think over the last few years I've grown a lot, or maybe have become less self-centered about the gains I needed to receive from running.  
Unlike previous years where I was injured, this year I didn't feel sorry for myself.  I did my best to do things I was able to in order to get through the injury period.  Never actually sure if I would ever be able to run again.
Six years ago, I became part of an amazing running group.  You may have heard me mention them before:  Capital Area Runners .   It's amazing how a group of people you spend a few hours a week with, "grunting and frothin" at the track (to use Maria 's term), race outcomes can make you just as joyful, as if you yourself had dipped down to find your own well of mojo. 
When I joined CAR, six years ago it went by a different name.  It was in a transformation stage that just wasn't meeting the vision CAR President and Head Coach, George Buckheit had:
'"If you build it, they will come!" We've already got such a great core group of people pulled together who feel great camaraderie and I don't see why we can't continue to build on that and make it bigger and better. If I continue to work like a maniac and just take all the energy I committed to working at {redacted text} and focus on building the best running community that I can, and I get the assistance of a few equally crazy people like yourself, I know that we can do great things with this.

It's time to take my own advice...."Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, for they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt

I may go down in flames on this one, but I really want to take a shot at this. Are you with me?' George Buckheit December, 2008
I was, along with the rest of the core group. Overnight, was up and running. 
I always considered that email from George to be the Mission Statement for Capital Area Runners .  The group has, by far, exceeded the vision.  A vision that keeps expanding.
Feeding off the energy of this great group, is what got me through this last year.  By the end of 2012, the year of my longest layoff from running since I started, I spectated at 20 races my teammates were in, taking 24,490 race photos .

  I caught some pretty happy runners, which made me happy:


    Not to mention, Dash had a great time...

So, while it wasn't a great running/racing year for me, it was a great year for Capital Area Runners .  It was great being around to capture some of their great moments, and a lot of fun watching my teammates achieve their goals!
So, what's up for 2013?  
My Bloggy Friends are dropping like flies, and I've definitely thought of blowing off this blog.  I go back to the reason I started it, which was to show people that using pool running as a training tool works.  

This past year, with my knee taking another turn for the worse , pool running has become even more important.  Since, now that I've been able to get back to a consistent training schedule, I still have to be very careful with my knee.

The track workouts I used to do with my teammates (one interval and one tempo), I now do in the pool (time-wise intervals vs distance intervals).  I'm running two easy days on the road, and 1 long run with the group.

The last few races have reconfirmed, once again, this pool running works.
I'm signed up for Cherry Blossom 10 miler this spring. A year ago my goal would have been to get under 1:10 (actually, a year ago, that was my goal ).  This year my goal is to see what being very careful, yet diligent, in my training will bring me.  I have high hopes to be able to run it with this girl .

I want to see what I can accomplish with doing the majority of my speed work in the pool.  George wants me to do some road tempos, so I've got some races peppered into the training.

Being Fierce has a new meaning for 2013:
  • Stay healthy enough to keep running.  It was a long road to get back to just being able to run, I can't get wrapped up in a stupid competition for times.
  • Keep the knee strong
  • Stretch.  Stretch. Stretch.  Throwing that extra mile isn't going to give me what a good stretch will.
  • DON'T push through the pain.  
  • Support my Teammates with their goals.  
  • Spectate.
  • Cheer.
  • Have fun.  Lots & lots of fun.
In 2013, my Shangri-La of running is just being able to be out there, running!   Hope to see you out there!
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