Monday, December 31, 2012

Yukon Do It!

Another end of the year run doing the Yukon Do It! This was my first ever half marathon just 2 years ago and today it is my 25th half marathon!

To help cut down on race fees this year I did a lot of volunteering. Thankfully YDI was offering a free race bib if you volunteered. I was all over it. I helped with packet pickup the day before the race.

Race Morning:
I woke up with a sore throat and heavy buena. I chose to just enjoy the run instead of racing it. This worked out in my benefit. The hubby and I stuck together for a lot of the course. I was holding him back but it was nice to have conversation on the run. The course is along the waterfront for a majority of the run which is just beautiful. The course creator, Ginger, and I run this route about once a month.

Somewhere between mile 5-6 we came across our favorite site on this run...the camels! Camels in Port Orchard, Wa. It's a fun site in 30 degree weather.

We saw Ginger (who was out due to a recent injury) as we turned the corner to head into Manchester State Park. We stopped and posed for pictures :)

Coming back out of the park we stopped for a few pictures of the camels and continued on. My lungs were not liking the hills so I walked them. It gave me a big burst of energy for the downhills! The hubby took off at about mile 10. I just took my time and enjoyed the scenery. I finished the course this year in 2:03:06. It was about a minute off of my course PR here so I was pleasantly surprised at the finish. I wish I was feeling better because I think today would have been a great day to pull out a new PR in the half marathon.

After the race I went back out onto the course to watch my friend Brian finish the last mile of the marathon. I ran the final mile with him. Overall, it was a great day. I look forward to this race every year!

Friday, December 28, 2012


"What are your goals for 2013?"

That is the question I was asked today. It made me sit back and think...what ARE my goals??? I don't ever make resolutions on New Years Day but I usually have a set of goals that I would like to obtain by the end of the year.

My goals for 2012 all involved my passion for running.

1) Run a marathon...I ran 3 of them and a 40 mile ultra!
2) Get a PR (personal record) in all of my running distances...I did manage to do this one too. I took over 10 minutes off my marathon, over 6 minutes off my half marathon distance, over 5 minutes off my 10k distance, and 3 minutes off my 5k distance.
3) Run 1000 miles in a year...I will be close to 1160 at the end of the year and that was without running hardly anything in December.

So what will my goals be this year? I think I will take a day or two to map out a plan and let you all know.

What are YOUR goals?