Greetings from San Francisco! I am still going strong in the middle of the ACSM conference. These meetings tend to wear me out pretty quickly so I expect to pass out on the plane ride home at the end of the week! Now that May is over (seriously, 5 months of 2012 are already gone?? Crazy!) it is time to check in on the progress I have made on my 12 in 2012 To-Do List the past few weeks.
#1 – Run 6 trail races: Trail race # 4 is complete. This one was a half marathon and oh boy there is a difference between a road 1/2 and a trail 1/2 for sure! I was certainly struggling at the end (36 minutes for my final 3 miles….eeek, what the heck?!?!?) and wondering why I sign up for these things. In hindsight (meaning, after finishing, getting food, and cuddling on the couch with Oakley) I was glad I got it done! Kristen, aka the Swanky Dietitian, is a FitFluential Sweat Pink Ambassador and kindly hooked me up with some pink shoelaces, which I proudly wore at this race. When I came out of the woods before the finish, there was a cheering section of young girls who told me I was their favorite runner because of my pink laces and hat!! Heck yes! 🙂
Results: 2 hours, 15 minutes. NOT what I was striving for. Goal was 2:10, oh well! I need to just keep reminding myself that trails are more difficult than the road, and I am new to this and have not been putting in the time to train.
Overall: 52/113; Females: 13/52 Division: 1/6. Another age group win!! I need to step up my game for next year because the 25+ age groups are full of speedsters!
Aside from well run events, and fun, challenging courses, the other big plus to these races which are put on by the Mountain Junkies is the spread of food at the end. PB and nutella bagels are my new favorite post race food and the Pumpkin Bread the Race Directors make is phenomenal!
YUM YUM YUM! This race also came with my favorite shirt ever. Peace. Love. Trail Run. Sounds about right! 🙂
#2 – Submit an NIH Grant: Not yet submitted, but in progress. Oakley likes to help me out when he isn’t too busy playing with his Kong or napping. 😉
#3 – Run My First Marathon: Not yet run…but signed up for it. Will be running the Baltimore Marathon this fall is all goes according to plan! Was originally thinking of doing a trail marathon this coming weekend, but decided with the ankle injury and lack of training the past few months to hold off and stick with the 25K instead this time around.
#5 – Go on 12 hikes: My 2nd hike of the year brought me to McAfee’s Knob, which is the most photographed location along the Appalachian Trail. This 8.3 mile hike is extremely popular and according to the friend I went with, usually very crowded. Her and I went up on a Wednesday morning at the start of the month and only came across a few other groups. After finishing my last final for the semester earlier in the week, this hike was just the break my brain needed before getting back to work! It is not a difficult or long hike (it took my friend and I ~2.5 hrs round trip) but it is close by and made for the perfect start to the day. McAfee’s, I’ll be back!
My 3rd hike of the year was on Tinker Cliffs. The view is very similar to that of McAfee’s – shocking, I know – since the trailheads for the two are actually fairly close. It was HOT on this day and there were some fairly steep sections, making this hike more of a challenge. However, knowing it was less than 8 miles round trip is enough motivation to power through!
What have you done the past month to reach your own personal goals?