Here goes nothing.
Races run: 10 (see the complete list here)
Races volunteered: 1 - the ZOOMA Great Lakes Half Marathon
Races cancelled: 1 - the Mad Dash to Madison. Curse the NHL lockout.
Races during which I told myself I would never run again, ever: To be honest, I can only remember 1. You only remember the positive, right? But this may also mean that I am not pushing myself hard enough during my races...?
Races which caused me to question my own sanity for any reason (usually due to being jolted awake by an early-morning alarm clock): 9. Not surprisingly, the only exception was the Strike Out ALS 5K with its 7:00 PM start time.
Races after which I started crying, for whatever reason: 2. The PAWS Run For Their Lives 8K, for seeing dozens of pets that needed homes; and the Chicago Marathon, for so many reasons but mostly for the sheer relief of finally being able to accomplish a lifelong goal.
Races during which I actually got to line up at the very front of the pack instead of in the very back by all the portapotties! 1 - the CARA Ready to Run 20-Miler. It was nice to feel like an elite Kenyan runner for 10 minutes!
Half marathon: 4
I was a little surprised to realize that I didn't run any 10Ks in 2012. Up until this year, the 10K had always been my favorite distance.
New to me distances: 8K, 5-mile, 10-mile, 20-mile, marathon. The 10-mile distance has become my new favorite racing distance!
States raced in: 2 - Illinois (9 races) and Pennsylvania (1 race).
|The Roberto Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh from the PNC YMCA Turkey Trot 5-miler|
I am looking forward to adding more states to the list soon. (Adam and I are going to Las Vegas next month, and I am very strongly considering trying to run a race out there. Decisions, decisions...)
Months run in: 7 - March, April, June, July (2), September (3), October, November. It was a little surprising to realize that I didn't run any races in May, which is considered one of the best weather-months in Chicago.
Hottest race: Chicago 13.1 Half Marathon. Sunny, with temps in the mid- and upper-80s that day.
Coldest race: The Chicago Marathon. The temperature started out in the 30s. I certainly can't complain about that being my coldest race of the year!
Windiest race: CARA Lakefront 10-Miler. Nothing like running a lakefront race in 20-mile hour winds!
Wettest race: CARA Lakefront 10-Miler, which was the only race I ran with any precipitation at all. I got very lucky with precipitation during my races this year.
Most ideal race-day weather: PAWS Run For Their Lives 8K. Sunny, clear, and crisp, with temps in the upper 40s and no wind.
|This has absolutely nothing to do with any of my 2012 racing statistics, but aren't these cute!?!?!? |
(Would people stare at me if I wore Mickey Mouse sneakers around town?)
Races I ran for free: 3 - Chicago 13.1 Half Marathon, Strike Out ALS 5K, Chicago Half Marathon.
Total spent on race entries: Approximately $450. Ouch. And with my ambitious race plans for 2013, it's not going to get any better next year.
Average cost (total cost/total races run): Approximately $45 per race. This is probably going to increase in 2013.
Most affordable race: On base price, it was a tie between the PAWS Run For Their Lives 8K and the PNC YMCA Turkey Trot 5-miler, which were both $30. However, the PAWS Run did not charge any additional transaction fees, whereas the PNC Turkey Trot did. So the winner is the PAWS Run!
Most expensive race: The Chicago Marathon ($150). And they didn't charge any transaction fees! =D
Participation medals received: 6
Favorite medal: Chicago Get Lucky Half Marathon
Favorite cause: PAWS Run For Their Lives 8K. I am not one who is comfortable soliciting people for donations and fundraising needs... but if there was ever an exception to this rule it would be for animal shelters.
Best spectators: The Chicago Marathon, without a doubt. The unbridled support from thousands of complete strangers, spanning dozens of the city's diverse neighborhoods, was one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had.
Favorite Post-Run Party Event: Strike Out ALS 5K. Runners and their friends and family had US Cellular Field all to themselves to watch the MLB All-Star game on the Jumbotron. Awesome.
Best Post-Run Party Food: Rock N Roll Chicago - chocolate milk, Jamba Juice smoothies, Dole fruit cups, popsicles, chocolate protein bars, and Chobani yogurt, in addition to the usual bananas, pretzels, Gatorade, and water. Yummy, yummy!
Favorite shirt: Chicago 13.1 Half Marathon. I'll post a picture later but it's a gorgeous blue color and it fits me very well.
|Kim and I at the Chicago Half Marathon|
|The Chicago Marathon, with my alter ego|
Cheers to a great year of running and racing in 2012, and cheers to an even better year to come in 2013!!!