Thursday, January 3, 2013

Year in review

Written by Owen

Looking back at 2012
Races, and running in general, have definitely been at the center of our 2012. We had a great year and look forward to another great year in 2013.

Races we ran in 2012 (We raced in 11 different states in 2012: California, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia)

5k 10k Half-
Owen 4 2 2 9
Malissa 7
3 1
Michael 11 4 2
Kyle 3
Alicia 8

Miles we ran in 2012
Owen: 1,935
Malissa: 601
Michael: 803
Kyle: 19
Alicia: 92

Goals for 2012
1) Weight loss: Malissa and I both "fell off the wagon" a bit on this one.

2) Debt: We made progress, but have not completed it yet.  We did a TON of traveling and made great memories.

3) Malissa's prayer journal: She didn't do very good with this.

4) Owen's 2,400 miles: I only planned on running 4 marathons in 2012 which left a lot of weeks to rack up the miles.  I ended up running 9 marathons in 2012.  Because of tapering down the miles before each one, and recovering after, plus my injury in February/March I fell short of my goal. I'm really happy with 1,935 miles.

5) Malissa's goal for after the Big Sur Marathon: she planned to take a short break from long distance and work on getting her 5k time below 30 minutes. She also wanted to train more with Kyle and Alicia:  She hasn't yet broke the 30 minute barrier, but did lead a mom/daughter running group that was very successful.  Kyle decided he didn't enjoy running as much and enjoys riding his bike more.

6) Michael planned to run in the Run For Your Life Grand Prix Series.  Michael did awesome in this series, out of hundreds of competitors in the 19 & Under division, he took 4th.  Only the top 3 got awards, but at age 11 he understood how awesome his accomplishment was.

7) Owens 50 marathons in 50 states by his 50th birthday. I knocked 9 more states off the list.  I've since adjusted this to 50 states plus D.C.  So I've got 10 done with 41 to go.

Goals for 2013
1)  Weight loss: We both want to get to our ideal weight.
2)  Move to Utah: We plan on putting our house up for sale and moving to Utah once it sells. We hate to say goodbye to all of the great friends we've made here in NC, but really miss Utah.
3)  Owen's goal of 2,000 miles.  I came just short of it in 2012, but hope to stay healthy enough to reach it in 2013.
4)  Freedom from debt: It has been an incredibly long journey, but we are very close to becoming debt free.
5)  Michael wants to beat his PR in the half-marathon.

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