I ran a race in Rhode Island in July which gave this goal a big fat check. Plus it was my last state in New England to race! I liked the race but even if I lived there it wouldn't be one to add to a must do list. There we were by the gorgeous ocean and we barely saw it. The neighborhoods we ran through were fine. But I had a great trip there and am glad I did it.
Goal # 7 - Race in a marathon. Fail
Since I started running I thought I would do one marathon a year. Last year I trained for one but didn't get there because of injury. This year I didn't run one because I didn't want to. I wanted more time for what I hoped would be some more duathlons but I never found any more. But I also wanted more time for biking and that was a huge success. I don't see this being added back in for 2012. I plan (gulp) to try and tri or two or three and I want A LOT more time for biking!
8. Run in at least two half marathons. Huge Success!
I ran in not two or three or four but five! I love half marathons! I ran Half at the Hamptons in Feb. for the second year. This is a race I LOVE in spite of the freezing temps. I raced in the Unplugged Half and got my PR for the year. I ran in the Middlebury Maple Run for the second year and do like it but man is it hilly! You can't keep me away from the VCM 2 person relay. ( I had brief thoughts of doing this marathon this year but nope!) Then I took a break until this fall when I ran the Adirondack Distance Festival which was gorgeous, hilly, well organized and a blast and I will go back!
9. Race with family members. A huge success!
Right off the bat I raced at the Albany Winter Series with Jameson on a VERY cold day! Thanks a ton Jameson for going with me! Then I raced in DC with Emily in the St. Patrick's Day 8K! Next I raced in the BAA 5K with both my children! What could be better? VCM found all of us racing again. Jameson was a huge support to both Emily and me. Then Jameson went along with me this summer to a race in Isle La Motte which was gorgeous but instead of a cold January race it was an extremely hot July race! Jameson was involved in helping run Zoe's Race and I ran in it so I am counting that one too! And I would have raced with my husband on New Year's if I hadn't been sick. We are going to try again this year.
10. Place in age group. A Success!
Believe it or not even with my slower paces this year I did this a few times. It helps being older and as you know.... Age Groups Rock. I placed at the Polar Cap 4 Miler (2/5), Isle La Motte (2/3), Kingdom Run (2 out of maybe 2?), and Adirondack Distance Festival (Half marathon - 2/19!). The last one is the one I had no clue I would place and left for home without getting my maple syrup!