I'm not organized enough to write a real year-end recap, but I couldn't resist posting my DailyMile summary graph and looking back at the miles I ran in 2011.
|This chart shows total miles including walking, cycling, hiking ...|
|This shows the miles I ran: 1158|
My longest run in 2011 was Highlands Sky 40 Miler. I was ecstatic to run a PR there.
I also ran three 50K trail races, a road marathon, a trail half marathon, a 10 mile trail race, two 5 milers and three 5K races (one of which was supposed to be a 10k).
Races I ran this year:
40 M - 1 (PR)
50 K - 3
26.2 M - 1 (PR)
13.1 M - 1
10 M - 1
5 M - 2
5 K - 3 (PR)
This year, I'm excited about running more miles. I enjoyed the structured training I did in preparation for the Marine Corps Marathon, even if I didn't love running all those miles on the roads.
I'm especially looking forward to running my favorite trail race of all, the Laurel Highlands 70 Miler. It's a challenging, beautiful, ever-changing, close-to-magical trail in southwest Pennsylvania. Every section has different flora. Come race day in June, the wildflowers are everywhere.
|A stream bed on the Laurel Highlands trail|
|Running Laurel Highlands 70 Miler in 2006|
|Posing for a moment among a fields of ferns as far as the eye can see|
My check has been mailed. Now all I have to do is put in the training miles this Spring.
I'm definitely looking forward to the challenge. But mostly, I'm excited to run the miles.