So I'm procrastinating from bill paying this morning...and it dawns on my that not only do I have no idea of my mileage count for 2012 (Which is making it difficult for me to come up with a mileage goal for 2013...I think I'm going to go that way for my running goal) I totally didn't keep track of my races this year. I have a piece of paper somewhere in a pile that listed all my 'possible races' for the year, but I haven't seen that since June.
It's been easy enough the past couple of years to track my races/times...since I've only been doing around 3 a year since I started running. This year my goal was at least 1 event a month (officially organized/timed and/or paid for. Group club runs didn't count, although paid-a whopping 25 cents- and organized...I decided that was not enough) and I tried to come up with a list of events just now, and I can't remember them all!
I do know I didn't do a run in January, because I didn't come up with the goal until the end of the month after it dawned on me that I had registered for a half marathon and a 15K and hadn't even gotten my husband to get the treadmill set up in the basement. I pestered him until he did it, and my first official run was in February, in memory of Sherry Arnold. I had planned on my first one being in March with the America's Greatest Heart Run/Walk, but I was shaken when I read Sherry's story, realizing that that could have been anyone I know. I knew I had to do it. I don't remember my time, and I can't find my picture of me wearing the race bib. But I remember that run on the treadmill, and the time I spent thinking about a woman and her family that I didn't know at all, but felt so connected to at that moment.
I plan on rounding out my year with a free but official run at a park next weekend evening. I hope the weather cooperates (for the drive to the park, which is an hour away, not the run...I actually hope there's some snow for it). It looks really great, a run through Lights On the Lake, which is an amazing holiday display of lights you normally drive through. We went when I was a kid, but I haven't been back since.