Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My year in review

My past two runs have been pretty uneventful.  Which is good right.  Sometimes no news is good news.  Anyway, I thought I would do a little review of my year.  So this year I ran my first half marathon in Sugarland, TX.

                                                                   Time: 2:01:56

Then I ran my first full marathon.  I ran the Austin marathon, which was a great race.  You can read my race report here.   Finishing time 5:01:31.

After that I went through a little bit of the post marathon blues.  Since my finishing time was much longer than I had planned for I also struggled with running and freaked out on a couple of runs.  That is until Jeff ripped my Garmin off me during a run, and said, "just run."  That helped, and I was ready to go again.  So after that I ran a couple more races.  The first one was with "the girl in the back seat"  We ran the Bayou City Classic 10k.  We had a great time.  Not my best time, but at least I was back out there.
                                                                    Time:  58:21
                                   I can't remember Ruth Ann's exact time, but it was a few minutes faster than mine!

Then it was on to the next race, the Astro's Race for the Pennant.  I did this one with Jeff, and our friends Elizabeth (who shortly after decided to train for the marathon with me), and her husband Jim.  It was May in Houston and EXTREMELY hot that day.  Jeff paced me, and I had my best 5k to date.

                                                                Time: 25:59

Then in July the training started all over again and myself, Ruth Ann, and Elizabeth decided to start training for the Houston Marathon.  We have had fun, been injured, overcome injuries and are still trucking along.  Along the way we have ran the San Antonio Rock-n-Roll half as part of our training.  All of us had a PR in this race, despite being stopped by a train!

                                                               Time: 1:55:32

After that race, Elizabeth, Jeff and I ran a turkey trot on Thanksgiving.  We had fun, but it was HOT for November and we all suffered a bit.  No picture for this one.

Ruth Ann's hubby decided to join in and become a crazy runner too, and did his first half marathon in December.  Jeff, myself and Ruth Ann joined him for this one.  You all may remember the videos of this race, but if not, click here.

                                                                Time: 2:04:35

I am sure in between all this running I may have done some socializing, went to a few concerts (Black Eyed Peas, and Lady Gaga) and hanging out with friends (a river trip and celebrating a friends graduation)  As well as watched Jeff participate in a few races and tri's.

So there it is.  A small recap of my year.  I have had such a great year and feel so lucky to have so many wonderful people in my life.  Thank you to all of you who have supported us, come to races, or just given us words of support.  Who have put up with us leaving dinners or events early to go to bed, or not seeing us for a while because all we do is work and train.  I know some of you think we are crazy, but also know that you get this is who we are and what makes us happy.  I also think it is awesome that a few of our friends have decided to challenge themselves and try out this whole crazy endurance athlete thing.  You guys are awesome and I really don't know how you do this with kids.

Elizabeth and Ruth Ann, I know you both are going to do awesome in just a few weeks.  Being on the little marathon journey of ours has been so fun and it is only just the beginning!

I hope everyone has a happy New Year!


  1. such an awesome post.

    Loving all the photos!


    happy new year!!

  2. Nice recap! some of those races seem like a lifetime ago!

  3. You had a great year! Looking forward to following your journey in 2011! :)

  4. What a great year! Keep up the awesome work!

  5. Awesome!
    You've had a great year...You did your first Half followed by the Full Marathon! nice work

    BTW great "Train PR"

    Its obvious you and Jeff inspire others get in on the running "party!"


  6. Great recap, what an awesome year, 2011 is going to be even better!

    Happy New Year!

  7. How come I didn't know that you had a blog Lady!?! It is going to be so much fun following all of your training and races:)

    Happy New Year to you Annie!!

  8. This post made me smile. It really had been quite the year. You know how many times you've helped motivate me through tough spots. I'm starting to think that Year 1 of running is the I'm really looking forward to Year 2!!