What would a month of running be without a trip to White Rock? We met out at the lake to have one last little lap plus before Marci headed out to Chicago to slay the dragon of her sub-five hour finish. It was a nice easy run, and we followed it up with pancakes post-run with Kris, who is taking a sabbatical from running as she incubates her Baby Snackpack!!
|Baby Snackpacks! Due April 2012!|
|So happy to see Fawn before the race!|
|Holly, Elaine, Lesley & Emily at the start|
|Best post-race cool-water bath EVER!|
|Sweet Julie came out to take pics & cheer!|
|Pre-race dinner with Frunners!|
|Great group of girls here!|
|Got me some quality E time this trip!! <3|
|Julie looks lovely per usual. I look like DNF...|
After licking my wounds for a while, the perfect remedy to get my mojo back was a local race where I helped Marci pace her sister-in-law to her first 5k. We'd be nice & easy as we talked to Jessica & kept her moving to meet her goal of finishing strong. Seeing a bunch of Frunners before & after the race and along the course was a bonus too!
|Never know who you're gonna find on the course!|
|Jessica & Marci looking strong!|
Somewhere in here, I turned a year older. Yee-haw. Go, me! Doesn't count since I didn't flip AG or anything!!
Total Miles: 74
Number of Races: 3 (one half-marathon, one 50k DNF, one 5k)
November was crazy. There's no other way to say it. I had FOUR races in November, two of them 50ks. Looking back, I was completely out of my mind, especially coming off the DNF at Palo Duro. Yes, I said it. But at the time, it seemed like a good idea. Live and learn, I guess. There were some tough times in there, and some really good times, especially at my third 50k finish line at Rocky Raccoon. Always fun to see Fawn, meet new Frunner Tony as he finished his first 50k on his way to his first 100 miler in February, and watch Fiona, Libby and Alicia all become ultra-runners too!
|My favoritest finish line photo of the month!|
|Was great to meet Tony in person!|
|Looks like a gingerbread cookie to me!|
|It was a pretty day for a trail run|
|Matt & Team Sparling!|
|Obligatory self-portrait at River Legacy.|
We had another great cheering experience at the Fort Worth Marathon, where we got to see and support a lot of frunners on a crazy hot day. What was with the weather this year?! Either crazy hot or stupid rain? In any case, a day with Frunners reaching their goals is a good day for sure!!
|FWM Cheer Squad!|
|LOVE this girl!! 20 miles ain't nothing but a thing!|
|Pre-race at Wild Hare|
|Tony & Fawn after their 50 miles!!|
|Fun at the campsite with B, Rick, George & Tini|
|Yes, I know it's a proof. I was camera-less that day!|
Total Miles: 76
Number of Races: 4 (one 5k, one 15k, two 50ks - one DNF)
Then we come to December. Oh, December was epic in oh so so many ways!! I loved December, and we aren't done yet!! We started off the month with another tradition, the Santa Scurry up in Keller. DP Dino Boy & I ran this with Bojana last year, and I ran it again with Marci and her family, but this time, we had extra special cheerleaders and glitter signs when Cherry & Drum showed up to cheer!! Jessica finished her second 5k, and her two boys ran a strong race, too, along with Marci's hubby Fred. YAY!! How much fun is that? TONS of fun, I tell ya!
|Cole, Chase & Jason pre-race!|
|Shannon & Elaine, one week post Route 66 Marathon!|
|MK ready for her last five miles|
|Mark L coming back for a soggy hug|
|The Ladiy Elves of Fire Road Aid Station.|
|Our panoramic view of the course|
|Being a volunteer is TOUGH work!!|
|Thanks to Brian who was our personal mechanic!|
|Frikers?! Fricyclists? Nope, Frunners on Wheels!|
|Puppies! Llamas! Donkeys!!|
|Fun times on the Donkey Ride!|
Total Miles: 23
Number of Races: 2 (one 5k, one marathon on schedule)
So that brings us to now. In three days, I'll toe the line at my 10th marathon or longer distance run of the year. I've had to take some time off big miles while I rehab my knee (pinched meniscus jammed back in, addressing pulling from IT band, weakness & inflexibility in my ankle, and tight quad that are all contributing factors). But, I have been released to run the full, both days, so now it's just a matter of getting it done. The pace won't be fast, even for me, and if there is any pain beyond the typical marathon discomfort, I'm pulling back. I've got big goals for 2012 that can't be impacted, so I'm going to play it smart. But I also am wanting to end the year with a bang, and start 2012 the right way, too. So, stay tuned.
Meanwhile, now that you've made it all the way to the end of MY year, what was your favorite memory from 2011? What will you remember from your life that made this year special?