Monday, December 31, 2012

My 2012 Running Lowlights

Not everything that happened to me running-wise in 2012 was a highlight. I did not make the leader board every time I raced! In fact, I had my share of running struggles and hardships. The trying times really made me appreciate the few times when things all seemed to click. So, with that in mind, here are my bottom five running 2012 lowlights, ranked in order from mild to major:

5) Rock and Roll Half Marathon Chicago (July)
I love this course, but it was hot. I wore a wool technical shirt for the first time in my life, which got soaked within the first two miles. I started too fast and paid for it with a painful, fatiguing final 3.1 miles. This was my worst half marathon result since, well, March!
RnR Chicago 2013. Sweaty hot.
4) Dennis Krzykowski 5k (July)
I like this race, it's hilly, it's in Wisconsin and I usually do well. This time I didn't. It was hot. My worst 5k finishing time in over three years.
This finish line pic really says it all..
3) North Shore Cupid's Dash 10k (February)
It was the second year in a row that the race organizers got the course distance wrong. This year it was 6.1 miles, last year it was 5.6 miles. The 5k runners actually ran 3.6 miles. Lots of unhappy campers. Also, I had cleaned my camera before the race and it was taking purple pictures. I had to buy a new one after this.
I just ran a short 10k, and I'm purple!
2) March Madness Half (March)
Yeah, everyone said this would be hilly. But come on, 75 degrees + lots o' hills in mid-March makes it feel like a 95 degree day. I wanted snow for this race, not heatstroke! Started the first half too fast and had difficulty breathing the second half. I also parked in a place where I had to wait until the entire race was over before I could leave! Worst half marathon finishing time in three years despite being near the end of my Boston Marathon training.
Hot and waiting to move my car after the race...
Drumroll please....and now, my lowliest lowlight of 2012, goes to...
1) Boston Marathon (April)
After 16 weeks of training, I flew to Boston just to hear that it would be 90 degrees for this puppy.  I hadn't yet completely recovered from a bad cold, and I had an ankle that could probably only make it 5 miles. I picked up my bib, but did not start and took the deferral. I rested about 4 weeks thereafter, missed two races and lost most of my fitness. Looking forward to next year's installment to be my #1 highlight of 2013. :-)
My spectator's view of the Boston finish line
Honorable Mention: I signed up for (and paid) but did not start: Indy Mini Marathon (May) and the Soldier Field 10 Miler (May). See #1 above.


14 comments:

  1. Eeek! You wore a wool based shirt for rock n roll? Thats awesome you survived! My worst race of this year was the Chicago's Womens Half (I did the 5k). It was so hot and my time was awful. I was sweating buckets.

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    1. Yeah, it was a merino wool tech shirt. Good for not stinking after a workout, but too heavy for a hot day. Let's hope our races are cooler next year!

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  2. Your purple picture cracked me up LOL

    Good luck with Boston Training Pete!
    I'm hoping for better weather for you, you will kick ass!

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  3. Running Lowlights, I love it! If I hadn't already done so many year-end posts, I might steal this idea. Good luck in 2013!!

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    1. Yeah, it came to me as I was reading about the highlights of 2012. Thanks, good luck to you in 2013!

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  4. I love this post. You learn so, SO much by reading about the races that didn't go the way you planned. I think you learn more from the not-so-good races than you do from the good races. The purple picture made me laugh out loud!

    Happy New Year to you and I can't wait to see what awesomeness 2013 has in store for you!!!

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    1. Yeah, what doesn't kill me, makes me stronger, or something like that! :-) Happy New Year (I hope you're right about the awesomeness)!

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  5. Man, i should have done a low-lights post! I think you and i both suffered the cruelty of the heat in 2012. What doesn't kill us makes us stronger...right? RIGHT?!?! :)

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    1. Yeah, here's hoping the heat is a little less intense in 2013, at least on our race days!

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  6. This is an awesome post. Although the experiences above were far from awesome. I hope 2013 is even better for you :)

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  7. That finish line photo is brutal. This was definitely a tough year, weather-wise, for all of us Chicago folks. It seems like things are going well for Boston training so I'm sure that 2013 will be a great year!

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    1. Yes, it was brutal! Thanks, the training is going well so far (fingers crossed)! :-)

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