Happy New Year everyone!! 2012 was quite the year here with plenty of ups and downs.
I ran the Disney Family Fiesta 5K with my husband. We had a really fun run together and got tons of great character photos! This was his first trip to Disney World and his first Disney race.The next day I ran the Disney Half Marathon. It was a tough race as I was up half the night hacking up a lung but I still had fun and tried to get as many photos with characters along the course as possible.
Right at the end of the month I woke up one morning and my right knee was swollen. The next six weeks were a parade of visits to the physio and no running. It was so frustrating to not know what caused it, but luckily by mid April I was running again. Knock on wood my knee has been okay since then!
The highlight of the month was definitely adopting Peat! We absolutely adore this little guy. He’s so snuggly and affectionate and makes us laugh. We feel so lucky that Peat came into our lives.
I raced my first triathlon since Ironman Canada in 2010! I made a last minute decision to race the Try This Triathlon at the University of Calgary. It was a fun race and it felt so great to race a triathlon again. This is a great tune up race at the start of the season so I’d definitely do it again.
The Husband and I travelled to the Okanagan for a quick vacation. We got to ride outside while we were there! It was my first time being out on the Ironman course since I raced it which brought some emotions out.We spent a few days in rainy Vancouver!I also ran my first 10K in Kelowna since my knee injury earlier in the year.The lowlight of the month was definitely the Chinook Long Course aqua bike. I have never wanted to quit a race so badly before!
I kicked the month off by racing the Great White North half iron. It was a cold, rainy day on the bike and then my knee acted up on the run. Despite all of that this is one of my favourite races and I can’t wait to go back and tackle this race again in 2013.There was something about GWN that lit a fire under my butt when it came to training for Ironman. My coach held her Ironman Canada training camp in Penticton and I had a really strong camp. I was feeling better physically and mentally. The high point was definitely making it up The Wall the day after my long bike on the Ironman course!On a non-training note, we celebrated our first anniversary in July too!
Racing Ironman for the second time was definitely my highlight of the month! There were highs and lows to the day (as there are on any Ironman) but crossing the finish line was the most amazing feeling ever.
After Ironman I had a few weeks to explore and play in the mountains! We went on some amazing hikes. It was such a treat to see some amazing scenery in the Rockies.At the end of the September we travelled to Disney World for the Tower of Terror 10 Mile night time race. I loved every step of those 10 miles that we ran together. We had a lot of fun and I’m so proud of my husband for his huge accomplishment!Our trip Disney World was a blast. We ate some great food, went on a ton of rides and really enjoyed our trip. I can’t wait for us to go back together again soon.
Into November I was really starting to hit my stride for Goofy Challenge training. Motivation was high and my workouts were going really well. I spent a lot of time running hills which built on the strength I developed from my hiking earlier in the fall. I also ran my last race of the year at the Last Chance Half.
December was a great month! I tested my limits, running long in snowier and colder conditions than I have before. I really pushed my boundaries on what temperatures I’d run in. Having some good winter running gear really helped make a difference.I also developed a respect for running on the treadmill. I was never really a fan of treadmill running but given the cold snowy conditions in December it was perfect for getting speed work in. I no longer dread treadmill running, but I’ll still take running outside whenever I can!The husband and I also had some great moments. We went to Zoo Lights for the first time!We also had a great time celebrating Christmas in Calgary with our families.We then rung in 2013 at one of our favourite restaurants. I can’t wait to see what the year has in store for us!!
And the numbers for 2012?
- Running: 475.55 miles/765 km (101:18:00)
- Biking: 1,475.3 miles/2,374 km (112:49:15)
- Swimming: 64,152 meters (27:40:27)
What was your number one highlight from 2012?