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My racing year

Sunday, December 16, 2012

I know the year is not yet over, but with only a little more than 2 weeks left, and no more races planned, I think I can safely post this now.

I started running in January of 2011. I ran my first 5K in mid April of that year and ran 6 more races before years end. (I actually ran my first 5K over 25 years ago, but I wasn’t a runner and I didn’t really know what I was doing, so I don’t count that. If you have a high tolerance for boredom you can read about it in my very first blog, www.sparkpeople.com/mypa

This year I ran 16 races. I ran 8 5K’s, 3 10K’s, a 3.5 mile run, 3 half marathons, and my first full marathon.

I met goals that I had set for the 5K and 10K distances. I wanted to run a 5K in under 26 minutes and got a 25:33. I wanted to run a 10K in under an hour and got a 56:21. I have two more goals that I’m trying for. I want to complete a half marathon in under two hours, and I want to complete another marathon, preferably under five hours. I have not set any time frame for the last two goals but, given my age, I better not take TOO long.

I am very satisfied with my performance this year. Some races went better than others, but I learned something from all of them, particularly the marathon. Although I wasn’t thrilled with my time, I did finish, and I gave it everything I had that day. More importantly, I know some things that I did wrong and hopefully have the sense not to repeat those mistakes.

It’s been fun sharing with other Sparkers. The Sparkpeople running community is a constant source of inspiration, instruction, motivation and support. It’s so much fun reading race reports from other runners and it’s wonderful that others are willing to share their experiences with the rest of us, the good moments and the painful ones, the victories and the…..victories (after all, any time we cross that finish line, it’s a victory, no matter where we place or how long it takes). Thanks to all of you for making this running experience even more enjoyable.

I want to give a special shoutout to my Spark friend BOILHAM. We pretty much started this running thing at the same time in our lives and with the same running skill set, that is, no previous experience. His lighthearted ribbing and like minded running goals are always a pleasant motivator. I wouldn’t say we have a friendly competition because I get as much pleasure out of his successes as I do from my own. After all, us old geezers need to look out for each other.

It’s been a good racing year for me. I hope it’s been a good one for you as well. And next year will be even better.
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    Oh my...Your blog entry brought a tear to my eye! Couldn't help it, your journey is so inspiring & gives running newbies like me so much hope for my goals & renewed belief in myself. Started my running journey in May of 2012 & haven't looked back. Thank you for sharing your amazing story. All the best on your future endeavors. My gut is telling me you're going to surpass all of them. God Speed!!
    1773 days ago
    Amazing journey! I thoroughly enjoyed your blog! :) Happy Running in 2013!
    1795 days ago
    Wow - you have accomplished a lot in a year. Congrats on all your races - and here's to many, many more! All the best - Kathy
    1795 days ago
    Congrats on making your goals this year!

    I did not "really" start running until I was ...ahemmmm ... of a more seasoned age.

    I too enjoy setting goals for myself and .....if this is of interest I try to add a new state to race in every year.

    I will look forward to your blogs!
    1796 days ago
    emoticon I am in awe!! You are such an inspiration!!
    1796 days ago
    Sounds like a great year in 2012 and will be another in 2013.
    You and Boilham are quite the inspiring ones.
    I'll look forward to hearing more about your exploits.

    1796 days ago
    Congrats on your accomplishments. You worked hard and trained well for them! Goals are wonderful tools to keep you moving forward. You are 20+ my senior and I am so proud of your progress and hope I will be as fit as you in time. I started running again at 38 after reading inspiring blogs like yours and Vic's. Once I made up my mind to lose weight, and found Spark, I knew it was possible to start running again.

    Thanks for sharing your 2012 progress. One of these years I will accomplish times similar to your PRs. I love your background page for blogs; it is my kind of town too. I hope to go home next summer. The Chicago Rock & Roll is on my bucket list for future races.

    Enjoy your week. emoticon
    1797 days ago
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    Great job on meeting your goals and getting in so many races! Wonderful you met your time goals and beat them by so much in both the 5 and 10k. I also have a goal to break 2 hours in the half. I'm sure you'll do that and meet your marathon goal as well! Looking forward to hearing about your successes in 2013!
    1797 days ago
    Wow! You did have an awesome running year! And, think of all the organizations you helped as you ran all those races!

    Great job!!
    1797 days ago
    It's so nice in December to look back over our year and have the satisfaction of accomplishing formerly impossible things.

    I need to do that for a blog now that my final 2012 race is in the books.

    And my first 2013 race is two weeks away (New Years Resolution Run 5k).

    1797 days ago
    What a great year, you are quite the dedicated racer! I did 5 this year and that's about enough for me!
    1797 days ago
    Thanks for the shout out in your blog today! I love reading your blogs, you should do it more often. By the way, I still have not found any others with our unique situation, that being - starting running at such a ridiculous age and continuing on to do a full marathon shortly thereafter. We may be crazy, but we pulled it off!
    You continue to inspire others and I and many others I am sure, appreciate you, Richard. Keep up the good work.

    1797 days ago
    Congrats on your super times and completing the marathon and on all the races you completed in 2012! Very impressive!! Keep up the health and fitness!!!
    1797 days ago
    You amaze and inspire me! I love this blog. I think I read it 3 times. It is wonderful to hear about your progress. You write with such joy and optimism. Makes me want to go out and run now.

    Thank you for all you do! I know you will have a wonderful 2013!
    1797 days ago
    This is such an inspiration! It took me 18 months before I could run a full 5K from when I started trying to run, and I've improved a lot since then, but I'm still pretty slow and I've never run longer than 3.5 miles. I'm hoping to get my 5K time to under 30 minutes in 2013, and to run my first 10K. :)
    1797 days ago
    You are doing great! Keep up the great running!!!
    1797 days ago
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