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Saturday, December 31, 2011

2011 Review and what I WANT in 2012!

(favorite photo of 2011)

What a glorious year 2011 has been!!!
In Sept 2010 I hired a running coach and started my running journey.
2011 was a great year with many ups and downs.....

Here are a few of things that I count as my accomplishments as well as goals for 2012....


Ran a 19:45 5K
Ran a 42:30 10K (5min PR after 4 mos of training)

Ran a 1:32:18 Half marathon (14min PR after 7 mos of training)
I was VERY excited about these accomplishments but I'm ready for MORE now!

I ran my first Marathon and qualified for Boston BUT ended up with a stress fracture in my fibula at mile 22:(
Was a bit of a disappointing race

June-August was a tough time. I was injured and unable to run a single step. I had to sit on the sidelines for 2.5 mos and watch my friends excel while my body went stagnant. It was HARD, but I tried to be supportive. I learned alot about patience and I learned that I wanted to chill out a bit and ENJOY running more and not take myself so seriously.
I learned that I could be truly happy for others achievements even when I couldn't run myself.

September I hired John Foland as my new coach and began base building. I have run for the last 25 wks and feel stronger than ever! I am not fast yet but I will be;)
I also decided to register for the Boston Marathon and got in!

I ran a 5K in 20:10 , a 10K in 42:54 and a half in 1:33:38 during my base building phase. I ENJOYED every one of these races and fell in Love with running and racing as if for the first time.

(at the finish of my half in October: 1:33:36)
(running my PR 10K: 42:30)
(with Soggy Runner Girl, Stephanie, at the Pumpkin Half)

I ran my first 60 mile week and a 62 mile week:) I am bummed that I am sick and not finishing out the year the way I had planned, but It is good rest to get me ready for next week!

Now I am 2 days away from Boston Training and ready to catch some of my big dreams in 2012.
I have fallen in love with running all over again the last few months. I have met some AMAZING women through this blogging world and My life feels so rich.

(with Raina, Amanda at the Best Dam Run 10k in Sept)

I have found that running really is food for my soul. I feel so blessed. My injury, though tough at the time, really was the best thing that ever happened to me this year. it taught me alot about myself and how much I love to Run.

I wil never take running for granted again. every day I am out there I am GRATEFUL.

(running my first race post injury: 10k: 42:30)

I realize now that running is more than just PR's for me. Before this year, I think I thought I only ran to chase a number. But after this year, I can say that even if I knew I would NEVER hit any of these goals I have set, i woud keep on running. I didn't think I was that person that ran just because, but I am. I run because I love it and because it makes me happy. I want to run for the rest of my life.

Goals for 2012. maybe it's the fact that it's New Years Eve and there's something *Magical* about a new year but I am putting my goals out there for all to SEE! I just got off the Phone with Amanda giving her a my football coach style pep talk about her 10k tomorrow. It's so much easier to pump someone else up than it is yourself. I know she can do GREAT things tomorrow and I really believe in her!

I think My pep talk rubbed off on myself b/c I am getting really excited for all that 2012 holds for Her and for Me...and for YOU!

I understand that Life can get in the way, but here is what I would LIKE to accomplish in ONE YEAR. I say go big or go Home...it's better to aim for the stars and miss my friends than aim for a pile of **** and hit! LOL....
RAther, I should say, I would like to WORK hard enough to EARN these goals. I don't expect them to just come to me. I know I will have to work for them and that is what will make achieving them so much more worth it.

(At a track meet my first week back post injury with my girls. what a blast!)
here we go....

5K: not exactly sure....I know I want under 19:30.....but don't have a particular number in mind yet.

10K: I would REALLY like to break 40min. I dont' know how much time I have to dedicate to 10K training this year so under 41 would also be good. but I do want that sub 40!

Half marathon: For sure I want a sub 1:30, but I think by July that will be in the bag. I would like to run below 1:28 by the end of this year.

Marathon: ...well this ones a biggy. And I think setting goals for the marathon is hard. You have one shot and ANYTHING can go wrong on that day. BUT if it's a good day, with good weather and I'm not SICK OR INJURED (lol), I would like to go under 3:15 before the end of this year. I think Boston will be a good indicator of how likely this goal is. If Boston goes well then I might be able to adjust this goal, but for now I am giving myself ALL of 2012 to hit this goal....which might mean a fall marathon in 2012:)

other randoms:

-Continue to ENJOY running...if it ever feels like a chore and becomes un-enjoyable...back off for a while
-run atleast one 75 mile week
-Break 6min in the mile. This is disappointing b/c I was supposed to complete this goal last week, but I got sick:( My goal was to do this before the end of 2011:( but it will have to wait.

I want to be the kind of friend I want to have. I want to be a beacon of light and love and support to my friends. I want to take every opportunity to build others up and encourage them to achieve their goals! especially my running friends.

I want to spend more time Playing with my children.

I want to fall in love with my husband again (and again). (side note: I fall in love with him often and it is always the best feeling in the world:)

Re-gain my habit of reading the scriptures every day. I want that closeness with the Lord that I lost this year due to some circumstances that I let drive me away and lose some faith. I have been fighting my way back and I know I need to put forth a bigger effort to reach out to Him if I want to re-gain that relationship.

I am pretty excited to be sitting 90min away from the year 2012. it is going to be an EPIC year!

(My little Mooshy sprinting at the 5K on Thanksgiving)

Tell me your TOP 3 GOALS for 2012???


  1. I have so much loved following your amazing comeback from injury and am so excited to see your PRs fall in 2012. I have been trying to decide where to set the bar for 2012 and am having a really hard time guessing where a good place is. I felt like I ran so fast this year how can I get faster, but I said that last year too. I feel a little intimidated at the thought of setting faster goals and not being able to meet them. but reading this inspires me so much!!! happy new year to you friend!

  2. What a wonderfully insightful year-end recap and forecast for next year.

    I have NO doubt that you'll be able to achieve your goals! You have an amazing amount of determination and your work ethic is remarkable, so you are going to knock those goals OUT of the water.

    So often I forget to believe in myself, but you are an inspiration to help me remember that if we work hard about, the world can be ours!

  3. Ok...you inspired me and girl you are a light!!!
    I have no doubt you will give this year your all! Yes I too feel running is food for the soul. Running is a gift. My hubby will never be able to run, jog or chase the kiddos. So that is perspective. Run on and know I am cheering for you!! Can't wait for Boston for you! HUGS!!

  4. Harm, it is hard for me to read that your husband will never run:(:( I guess we will all have to run for him.
    Christy, shoot for the stars girl! ANYone can reach ANY goal if they work hard enough and you DO work hard! you can do it!!

    Neon, thanks! you are going to great things as well!!!!!

  5. You will excel at anything you put your mind too. Such a strong woman, mentally, physically and spirtually.

    Go Big in your Boston race and have fun in the training phase.


    PS....you made me think about really getting back into running again.


  6. OK, so I thought your aim for the stars goals would be something like a sub 3 h marathon...those goals are completely achievable and realistic for you this year. Boston is a tough course, it has kicked me in the butt every single time I did it, but if not there, for sure at another easier marathon you will get that sub 3:15. Good luck

  7. Nicole - loved this recap... every time I read your posts I can almost feel your excitement and encouragement! :) I always forget how short of a time frame you have been running. YOU have some wicked talent... that combined with your determination is going to bring you an amazing 2012. I am excited to follow you through your training for Boston and whatever else is in store for you this year!!

  8. Love this girl. Can't wait to come back here and read it in depth and comment for real...for now , must entertain my kids. I'll be back. Love ya!

  9. Great 2011 recap. 2012 is going to be a great year for you!

  10. Wow what times!!! Just blows me away! Erica

  11. Best post ever Nicole. You write so wonderfully here. Seriously, you had me with every word and you said everything in such a way that I was agreeing and loving it all. All of the goals you set are so grounded and realistic for you...all of them. I have no doubts you will reach these goals! can't wait to follow you on this journey. And I love "be the kind of friend I want to have"

  12. Love this Nicole! You encouraged Christie and I so much. You're going to do amazing this year! What incredible goals! Cant wait to see you achieve them :)

  13. Love your post! I look forward to following your journey as well. Several of your goals speak to my heart too.. (not the super speedy goals which are quite out of my reach right now) but I definitely need to be spending more time with God reading my bible and just praying and being with him. Lately I have been loving listening to worship music on my runs.. I love focusing and thinking about God while I am out on my runs. I know just being able to run each day is a gift.

  14. I've read this 18 times but I'm a horrible blogger these days....Anyway, I thought it was EXCELLENT. You do a GREAT job of challenging yourself with your running goals, making them tough but yet attainable! I think you will get every one of these this year!

    I like the "continue to enjoy running" I'm doing a lot more of that these days after a bit of a rough stretch with it this past year. I'm finding so much satisfaction and enjoyment on a daily basis without being all tunnelvision and only a means to a single goal ...I'm just really loving training and challenging myself and relishing in my little accomplishments day in and day out!

    Your friendship comment shines through in you Nicole. You truly are a sweet kind person and your many friends are so lucky to have someone like you!

    Love the falling in love with your hubby too!

    OK-my 3 big goals are to take my vitamins so my bones don't break again, take care of my face with all this running and the elements (I'm super lazy here sometimes) and wear my bleaching trays for my teeth like 3 times a week:)

    Great post:)

  15. What a great post to close out 2011. I'm so glad that you've found the joy in running :) You've got some great goals for 2012 - wishing you the best of luck and looking forward to watching your progress!

  16. You accomplished some amazing things in 2011, but 2012 looks to be an even better year for you, Nicole! I have no doubt that those time goals are in your reach this year. Do you plan to race much during your marathon training? I used to not want to, but this year I hope to get a few good races in - if anything for practice.
    Also, I like your life goals, non-running related. Some of those are the same as mine :)

  17. Just came across your blog, and have enjoyed reading. WOW- you had some huge pr's in 2011, way to go!! I also had a stress fracture this summer, so I completely hear you on learning to be patient, and realizing what a blessing it is to run pain-free! And I love that you set high goals, but also don't want to do it if it's no longer enjoyable. Can't wait to see what 2012 has in store for you!


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