As the month is almost over, time for one of those really boring "list all your miles" posts . . .
27 November: 1 mile (10 minutes)
28 November: 8 miles at lunch (56 minutes), 14 miles to the Fed Hill run and back (100 minutes)
29 November: 10 miles at lunch (70 minutes), including some faster stuff (5x1 minute at 5-ish-minute-mile pace), 8 miles in the evening (56 minutes)
30 November: 10 miles at lunch (70 minutes), 10 miles in the evening (70 minutes, Canton Square run)
1 December: 10 miles at lunch (70 minutes)
2 December: 1 mile (10 minutes)
3 December: 14 miles, hiking, prepping the Balled Eagle 100 course (315 minutes), then 6 miles easy back in Baltimore (45 surreal urban minutes)
4 December: 13 miles in the morning (90 minutes), 15 miles in the evening (105 minutes), all around the city
5 December: 10 miles at lunch (70 minutes)
6 December: 2 miles easy (20 minutes)
7 December: 9 miles (60 minutes)
8 December: 9 miles (60 minutes)
9 December: 2 miles easy (20 minutes)
10 December: Hellgate "100K" - 66.6 miles, 790 minutes
11 December: 2 miles easy (20 minutes)
12 December: 1 mile easy (10 minutes)
13 December: 5 miles (35 minutes)
14 December: 9 miles, at APG (60 minutes)
15 December: 17 miles (120 minutes), at Susquehanna State Park (wish the intermittent rain hadn't prevented photography of this - it was beautiful)
16 December: 6 miles (40 minutes), around Baltimore - ouch, for some reason. Yoga after.
17 December: 52 miles (1000 minutes), Balled Eagle 100-Mile attempt
18 December: 14 miles (100 minutes), all over parts of the Balled Eagle course that I didn't get to run during the actual race.
19 December: 1 mile easy (10 minutes)
20 December: 10 miles at APG (65 minutes), yoga later
21 December: 10 miles at APG (70 minutes), 12 miles with the Wednesday Night Run crew (85 minutes)
22 December: 10 miles at APG (70 minutes), 11 miles in Baltimore (80 minutes)
23 December: 10 miles at APG (70 minutes), yoga later
24 December: 15 miles in Baltimore (105 minutes), partially around Ravens Stadium during marching band practice
And, finally, this week:
25 December: 13 miles (90 minutes) around Baltimore
26 December: 15 miles (105 minutes) around the old haunts in Churchville (Campus Hills Shopping Center to the house in 4:25 . . .)
27 December: A rainy 15 miles (105 minutes) at APG; hot yoga later
28 December: A windy 10 miles (70 minutes) at APG; a cold 5 miles (35 minutes) around Baltimore
29 December: A relatively pleasant 14 miles at APG (100 minutes)
30 December: 15 miles around Baltimore (105 minutes), then another 4 miles (30 minutes) to yoga and back
31 December: 15 miles around Baltimore, in the morning, with a sunrise so beautiful over the Hopkins Bayview campus that I almost turned around to get the camera (almost - 105 minutes)
So, if you've been keeping track (and I hadn't, so I had to go back through my blog and count), that makes, by my count, 4,045 miles that I ran this past year, a figure which may be a little low, since, as I went back, I found some weeks that I hadn't recorded, so I put in a "low" mileage estimate for those weeks. (Yes, I really can remember what I probably ran during certain weeks, given enough prompting about the dates and races that happened during those weeks.) That's an average of a little over 11 miles per day, which is kind of a neat (and totally an unintentional) number, since this was 2011 - maybe I can bump the average up to 12 this year, in honor of 2012 (if the world doesn't end on December 21st and screw that up . . .)
Since this blog is pretty thorough about every race I ran this year (other than the Kentucky Derby Marathon post that I still need to put up here at some point - maybe before the 2012 edition of the race), I won't belabor the recap. The short summary is that I started 2011 with a stress fracture, but still running at least 1 mile a day and keeping the faith that things would improve, and, lo and behold, after an awful 50K Holiday Lake return-from-injury race, I went on to set PRs in the marathon, the 50K (twice), 50 miles, 100K, 6-hour, and Badwater, not to mention getting a few giant, nasty monkeys off my back (namely, Grindstone and Hellgate). I ran a lot, met a lot of cool people, climbed some trash piles, had some bad days, had some worse days, and had some absolutely spectacular days.
But I think what I'll remember the most about this "year of the rabbit" is that in spite of some rough patches, both in individual races and in life in general, on every day, in every race, I pushed through, got it done, and left very little (but not nothing) to regret. And I think that's ideal - enough success to feel as though the effort was worth it, but not so successful that I'm tempted to rest on any laurels in 2012.
So, in that spirit, I'll be taking on the Bandera 100K this coming Saturday. I feel fit, strong, and excited about this opportunity. But, more importantly, I feel excited about another year of running . . . which is a good thing, because I have many miles to run, and promises to keep . . .