Welcome to 2013! I haven’t made any resolutions yet, but I have taken a little time to reflect on 2012.
RunSistersRun.com 2012 Review
I’ve been planning to post our blog’s 2012 stats – I love numbers! Luckily, WordPress.com prepared a 2012 annual report for Run Sisters Run. Here’s an excerpt:
This blog got about 8,400 views with 59 new posts in 2012, not bad for the first year! There were 186 pictures uploaded. That’s about 4 pictures per week.
The busiest day of the year was January 27th with626 views. The most popular post that day was Conquering the Lululemon Warehouse Sale.
2012 Running Recap with Nike+
If you haven’t noticed, I love Nike+. I was never great at logging my runs in a notebook, so having an app that does the work for me is ideal! After running with Nike+ for the last few years, it’s awesome to be able to compare past performance with this year’s performance. This year, I logged 853 miles! In 2011, I did about 400, and a little over 100 in 2010. It’s a great increase, and I can’t believe how much more I’ve run this year. I also set a 2012 resolution to run my first marathon. I actually ran 2, and even got my second one in under 4 hours. If you’ve got a Nike+ account, you can add me here.
S-NO-W Fun Run 2013
The S-NO-W Fun Run is… crazy… in a good way! It’s a 5 mile race run at 2:30 pm, with an after party held at the former Playboy Mansion in Lake Geneva, WI. Given the race location, you get quite a few people dressing up like bunnies or Hugh Hefner, so there’s a lot of entertainment during the race. It’s an out and back course, with a big hill at the end and an add-on area where you don’t see the finish until about 400 meters out. Luckily, I knew what to expect this time!
I ran the race last year in 41:13 (8:12 pace). I’m training for a half marathon, and with the holidays, I wasn’t quite sure where I was at and how I’d do in a 5 mile race. I was hoping to break 40, but I had no idea if it was actually possible.
My goal was to keep an 8:00 pace. I went out fast the first mile: 7:23; faster than my 5K pace, but it was downhill, so I figured I was OK. I slowed down miles 2-4, but still ran under my goal pace: 7:50-7:57. The last mile goes back up that first hill. I’ll admit it… I stopped to walk at the top of the hill to catch my breath. I figured I had banked some time so I’d still get under my goal time. I ran a 7:54 and came in at 39:21 – 7:52 pace!
I was happy with the race, but the post-race party is what it’s all about. If you live in Southeast WI or Northeast IL, you should definitely make this race a weekend trip. The race gives awards for each age, Lake Geneva is awesome, and there are plenty or beers, brats, and dancing to go around.
I had a great start to 2013 – how about you? Do you have any resolutions?