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The post where I recap my recaps

Posted Jan 05 2012 10:36am

 

Hopefully this pre-written post goes up when it’s supposed to. I should be on my way down to Miami right now for the South Florida Ragnar Relay!

For the last 2 weeks people have been recapping their 2011’s all over the blog world. I enjoy reading about other people, but I wasn’t thrilled to write my own recap. I started, and stopped writing several times. It just wasn’t appealing to me. Then I started a half-assed attempt and decided NO I’m not going to do a recap. Then I thought, “you are being stupid, just do it. it will be kind of fun to go back and re-read all your race recaps.” So, here we are, recapping 2011 race recaps.

In January I tackled the 5k distance: I actually really like the 5k distance. It’s short, and fast. If I ran faster I probably wouldn’t like it so much because it would probably hurt more, but for now, at my current speed, I like it. I hit up the main drag in St. Pete for the St. Pete Classic 5k .

February brought two more races, two different distances.
First up was the Cupid’s Shuffle 10k in Tampa. Then the big Gasparilla 15k ! This is one of my favorite races of the year! I love running down Bayshore and seeing all of the people out cheering! Last year we had a heat warning at the start, so that wasn’t fun, but it was still a great race.

March: I ran my first half marathon of 2011 in March. At the time, it was a PR, and a pretty big PR. I LOVE this course, and plan on running this race again in March 2012. The Florida Beach Halfathon has been good to me! (It’s also where my knee started to give me trouble) If you’re interested, here are my post-race thoughts .

April flowers bring …. knee pain. lots of knee pain. This was the end of my racing season, and pretty much training until about July. I ran two 5ks in April, the Suncoast Sprint in New Port Richey, and Iron Girl in Clearwater.I don’t mention whether or not my knee was an issues during the Suncoast Sprint, but I remember that the Iron Girl 5k was the end.

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As seen by these pathetic numbers, I was pretty much out of commission for the summer. I did some super short runs that left me miserable and angry. I had to call someone twice to come pick me up because I could not complete a simple 3 mile run. I finally broke down & went back to the Ortho who sent me to physical therapy..again. I started physical therapy at the beginning of may and went 3x/wk for 3 weeks (I think).

At some point over the summer I became a KT Tape addict. I discovered that taping my right knee made the knee pain go away. Eventually I was able to do short runs 6miles & under w/o tape. I’m currently still taping for any runs over 7 miles. 8 miles seems to be the threshold for my knee.


wow, my shoes are clean. They sure don’t look like that after my run through Croom.

In May I registered for the Women’s Half Marathon, so when August rolled around I knew I need to get my act together and start building up my miles. I basically had to start over from scratch.

Oh, let’s not forget about the tri-relay I did in May and the stupid 5k that I did in June .

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barely running = starting over = not fun

I had my first long run since March on September 17th, 8 miles with the running group. I’ve only missed two or three Saturday’s since returning to the running group. I’m so blessed to have found such a terrific group of people to run with.


(A water stop in Starkey)

In October I had my return to racing at the Susan G. Komen, Race for the Cure 10k. At the end of October I ran the Halloween Halfathon alongside my dear friend, Sherry.

November brought me the horrible Women’s Half-Marathon , and the fabulous St. Pete Times Turkey Trot

There was the half-marathon that I didn’t tell anyone about in December, and the half that the running group badgered gently nudged me into signing up for

Final Tally:

5 half marathons
3 10ks
5 5ks
1 15k
total: 14 races in 2011 !!

Happy 2012!

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