Starting 2012 off on the right foot…

I have a lot of plans for 2012.  I’m going to run my 3rd marathon, my 4th, 5th and 6th half marathons and a mud run.  That’s all by the end of May.  I haven’t decided what to do with the rest of my year yet.  I have high hopes for my 3rd marathon and I’m doing the best I can to stick to my training schedule so that I can achieve my goal.

The long runs in my training schedule suggest running at a comfortable slow pace of 9:58 to 10:04/mile.  Since my long runs are frequently my only solo runs of the week I generally pick up the pace a little more than that.  On Christmas Eve, I ran 10 miles in an hour and a half with an average pace of 9:04.  I didn’t need to run that “fast,” but I did because I felt comfortable at that pace and I wanted to see if I could maintain that pace over a longer distance.

I did my long run for last week today because I wasn’t able to squeeze it in over the weekend.  I needed to run 13 miles, but decided I might as well do 13.1 so my first run of 2012 would be a half marathon.  I ran 13.1 miles in 2:06 – an average pace of 9:35.  A big goal I have this year is to run a sub-2 hour half marathon and this run gave me the confidence that I can do it.  I was anticipating a tough run because I’m coming down with a cold, but I somehow managed to maintain a nice pace and I felt like I was in a good rhythm while I was running.

I feel so great knowing I kicked off 2012 with a fantastic run.  I’ve been exhausted from the holidays.  Exhausted the point of feeling hungover even when I haven’t had a drink! I call it the Holiday Hangover.  My run today kicked that Holiday Hangover to the curb.  Here’s to being healthy and fit in 2012!

Happy New Year!


  1. says

    Congrats on your great start to the New Year! I ran 13.1 on New Year’s Eve for kind of the same reason. Planned to run 12 but was feeling good so stretched it to 13.1 just to say I ended the year with a half.

    God bless and good luck on your goals for 2012!
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    • Kristen says

      Thanks, Kara! I’ve never followed a plan with paces before either, just mileage. I’m trying it this time because I really want to improve my pace. Some days I ignore it though and just run what feels comfortable.

  2. says

    Nice job on your long runs lately!!

    I am convinced that when I stress about speed I run slower. I’m trying to physically push myself, but not mentally psych myself out and it’s hard.

    Goal luck with all of your goals this year — hope you have a great 2012 :)
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    • Kristen says

      Thank you! I completely agree about stressing about speed. One thing I love about running in the cold is that I have long sleeves on so I can pull my sleeve over my watch and not stress about my pace.

  3. says

    That is Amazing! I love reading your post! It inspires me! I have a running group I started on FB that keeps me going and accountable! I ran 6 miles Jan.1st in 1 hour 5mins. not to shabby! I am planing attempting a marathon in Dec..we shall see! Thanks for the motivation! :) Happy New YEAR!

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