Ad Multos Annos – v.1.0 RUNNING
First, let me acknowledge the fact that blogging has been at the bottom of my priority list over the last few weeks. I have been eating, drinking, reading, movie watching, snowboarding, parade watching, Rose Bowl game attending, and yes, exercising. It’s not that I don’t like blogging,
I just like watching Twin Peaks on my lunch break more, it is one of my favorite things to do but it is also extremely time-consuming, but I am now officially back at it! Oh, whats that? Yes, yes I did use the “R” word in my title. I think I am ready to start saying it again…RUNNING…and just so you know, just because it wasn’t being discussed, I was still pounding the pavement. As for the Latin, “ad multos annos” is a phrase that translates “to many years”! It is a prosperous phrase that looks forward and since 2012 is in the books, I am now looking forward to 2013. Let’s recap the achievements of the past year and then set some new goals for 2013
My main fitness goal at the beginning of the year was to run a half marathon. Last January the thought of a half marathon had me questioning my sanity, this year a half marathon seems like a training run. The unfathomable goal for 2012 was to run 1,000 miles and the unknown goal was to complete a marathon. The completion of my first half marathon left me on such a high that I decided to run the New York City Marathon and we all know how well that turned out. The good news is that although I did not end up running New York this year, the training for it propelled me to my goal of eclipsing 1,000 miles! This was such a big deal that I decided to dedicate my last run route of 2012 to celebrate in grand fashion….
The perseverance and commitment required to be a runner has made me mentally and physically stronger in a way that I never imagined. I am so thankful for a year of health and growth thanks to running!
Running Bucket List Items achieved in 2012:
- Bucket List #32 – Run 1,000 miles in a year
- Bucket List #33 – Run an event and place in my age bracket
- Bucket List #36 – Run a half marathon
2012 running recap:
Number of Races Completed : 6
5k’s (1) – Claremont Turkey Trot – NEW PR – Time – 20:19 (6:32/mi)
10k’s (2) – Pasadena Marathon (10k) – NEW PR – Time – 46:14 (7:26/mi) – Camp Pendleton Mud Run (MUD PR) – Time – 56:14 (9:08/mi)
Half Marathons (3) – Pasadena Rock’n'Roll Half Marathon – Time – 1:51:34 (8:31/mi) / Windward Half Marathon (Hawaii)- Time – 2:03:52 (9:27/mi) – / Malibu International Half Marathon NEW PR – Time – 1:49:34 (8:21/mi)
Marathons – ING New York Marathon (Cancelled)
Longest Run – 20 Miles!
Most Miles in a Month : September : 143 Miles
Shoes Retired : (3) RIP Saucony Guide 4′s!
Total Miles Run : 1,003.89 miles logged and a mud run
Total Number of Runs : 181 and a mud run
Total Number of Mini-Tantrums in Which I Cursed Running Before Pushing Myself Out the Door : 181 + a mud run
Average Pace : 8:40/mi
So maybe you noticed two PR’s I did not previously share…well, that is because I didn’t feel like writing about either after New York…I didn’t feel like talking about RUNNING but in very un-Dominick fashion, let me sum up both races “quickly”. The Malibu Half Marathon was the race I chose to do one week after New York, I wanted to put my training to good use but did not feel like running a marathon. I did little to no preparation for this race mentally and failed to read the course map properly the day before…
I actually thought the course was going to be flat and went about dreaming of a NEW PR somewhere around 1:45 since I had trained to run a 3:40 marathon, I figured that would be easy! Do you see my error? If not, let me explain, the course BEGAN at the half way mark…it didn’t finish there. Now, I think you will see why I hated this race. I had trained for a semi flat marathon and came up against an extremely hilly half marathon. Around mile 8 I was walking up a hill, cursing myself, wondering why I was running, beating myself up about giving up and saying things like…is this how you would have responded to adversity in NY? I even pondered walking the rest of the way since I kept falling further behind the 1:45 pace group. I decided to suck it up and just kept telling myself, this has to be the last hill…I was wrong every time until the last mile when I could finally see the finish line. I was thankful it was over, it was that miserable. The frustration subsided when I realized that even though the race sucked, I had set a new PR and not given up. That course was brutal and to beat my previous record by 2 minutes was good enough to put a small smile on my face. I would have liked to have crushed my previous time but it wasn’t going to happen on that course. Here are a few pictures of my beard and my Stoked Mentoring jersey that I was supposed to wear in NYC…
As for the 5K PR, this race was completely different from the half marathon. I knew I hadn’t been training for speed, my goal was to beat my previous 5k time of 21:45 and hopefully break 21 minutes but if I did neither, I was ok with it. I thought it was doable because I was in much better shape than the previous year so my heart should be able to endure any pace my body could. It was cold, the course was somewhat flat and I was focused. 5k’s are a different beast, you have to start at race pace and then try to hold on for 3 miles. The first mile was filled with doubt as my legs and heart warmed up. I kept my eyes on a group of runners that included a tiny girl who was maybe 10 years old, I wanted to stay with that pack or pass them. With about a mile left, I felt like I needed to slowdown but knew I had to fight through it and kept focusing on the finish. The last quarter-mile I began jockeying for position with a girl who had been around me almost the entire race, she looked like she was beginning to give into the pace so I decided to be the motivator that people have been to me in the past. I said, “come on! We are almost done, it’s just around this corner, 100 yards, push it!”. She said, “OK!” and we both sprinted through to the finish. When I stopped my iPhone, I thought, maybe there was an error, it was under 21 minutes! My official time ended up being lower than my phone tracked…20:19, so exhausting but so rewarding! It is worth noting, that little girl was not 10…she was 9, and she finished about 45 seconds ahead of me…and I am not embarrassed to have been smoked by a future Olympian. Here are some more pictures of my beard…
10 Running Goals for 2013 – 2012 was injury free and I can honestly say that I am in the best shape of my post high school life and loving it, so why not keep it going?!
1. Bucket List #28 – Run a Half Marathon in San Francisco – I wanted to run the inaugural San Francisco Rock N Roll Half Marathon this April but dragged my feet because I was hoping to find someone to run it with me…mistake…it is now sold out! Looks like I will have to find another event in San Francisco if I want to cross this one off the list.
2. Bucket List #37 - Run the NYC Marathon – Call me stupid but I am going to stick to NYC as the one and only marathon (as of right now) and give it another go in 2013…I am crossing my fingers for a cool summer and disaster free November in the greater New York area.
Other goals for 2013
3. Run the year injury free! How do I do this? Lots of stretching and cross training. I am committing myself to doing at least one Pilates, Bar Method, Yoga, or cross training style class each week. Can we talk about how intense Bar Method is? If you have ever done this, please tell me that I am not the only one who crumbles into a trembly mass…
4. Go sub 20 5k, sounds easy enough right since I had a low 20′s this year…but that is still going to be difficult to do considering the only 5K I do right now is the Turkey Trot.
5. Run 1,100 miles – I made a 300 mile jump from 2011 to 2012 and I am not sure I can do much more but I am going to try to bump it up a little here and there!
6. Run a 5 minute mile…just one…not sure if it will be possible but I want to try!
7. Run the Camp Pendleton Mud Run without walking. This is probably the most difficult goal of them all…this will truly be an accomplishment.
8. Run a race with an acquaintance from the Blogosphere…does anyone want to run New York?
9. Start a run club in Pasadena. There are already some run clubs in Pasadena but I have a difficult time connecting with those runners. I feel like I want a slightly more aggressive club with people who I might actually enjoy hanging out with after the run. No offense to the current groups I run with…I just want something different and I can’t change your clubs!
10. Run a half marathon out-of-state. Not sure where but doing the Windward Half in Hawaii miserable fun. Any suggestion? Throw some ideas at me!
Races on tap for 2013
February – Rock’n'Roll Pasadena Half Marathon
April – RAGNAR Relay Southern California
June – Camp Pendleton Mud Run
November – ING New York City Marathon
The others are TBD
All in all it was a great year of running and I look forward to many more years!
What are some your 2013 running goals?