2012 Races

#PAIN

2012 was a year of wearing my emotions on my, well, on my face.

Carerra de los Muertos: Chicago, IL. November 3, 2012. TIME: 20:35.

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I love unique age group awards!

This is one of my favorite annual 5k’s. I got my second skull award and enjoyed seeing the “team Latino” contingent of our “Bootleg Runner’s Coalition” Mens division race and dance to The Percolator.

Uno 5k

Chicago Marathon: Chicago, IL. October 07, 2012 (Fundraising on behalf of Special Olympics Chicago, for more information click here. 3:26:33 I never wrote a re-cap, it was time for a break.

Meredith, AB, Erin: Bootleggers

Meredith, AB, Erin: Bootleggers

The Mount Greenwood 5k: Mount Greenwood, IL. September 22, 2012. 20:41 First Place Female. I ran this with several co-workers, for some it was their first race!

I look like a boy sometimes.

I look like a boy sometimes.

Minoqua No Frills Marathon: September 2, 2012 TIME: 3:35:14 My favorite marathon course to date (Boston notwithstanding). Also, the time flew by and I followed my performance plan pretty closely, two firsts for the marathon distance that feel like a milestone.

The final 200 meters!

The final 200 meters!

Waterfall Glen Xtreme 10: Waterfall Glen Forest Preserve, July 21, 2012. Not my fastest race, but the first time I’ve ever felt in total control. I had a plan and I didn’t vary at all.

waterfall glen 10

 Bastille Day 5k/8k: Chicago, IL. July, 12, 2012 20:49, still recovering from Maine. But partied post-race anyway. Re-cap with internal random thoughts here.

Julian and I practicing for our inevitable Runner's World cover.

Julian and I practicing for our inevitable Runner’s World cover.

Firecracker 5k: Thomaston, ME. July 4, 2012 The Pik Quick brown bag of treats didn’t last the ride back to my Aunt and Uncle’s cottage. PR, and broke 20 for the first time: 19:51

PR face

PR face

Jim Gibbons 5k: Chicago, IL. June 14, 2012 Not in the mood or physical state to race, but I love week night races anyway…and my mom was here 🙂 20:47 meh.

No race photo but we played with my hair...

No race photo but we played with my hair…

The North Shore Half Marathon: Highland Park, IL. June 10, 2012 Not my best, not my worst: 1:38:50

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United Run For The Zoo 10K: Chicago, IL. June 03, 2012 : worst feeling 10k in memory. I was on day two of a flu-virus or something. It was not fun. This course is weird and slightly dangerous (crosses over itself), and the volunteers were super rude at packet pick-up. Probably should have ditched. 45:34 … felt like 2 hours.
I won't do this race again, I'm fairly certain. 3rd time, 3rd bad experience.

I won’t do this race again, I’m fairly certain. 3rd time, 3rd bad experience.

Good Karma 5k: Seattle, Wa. May 29, 2012 Getting painfully close to breaking 20. I will take coffee mugs over a T-shirts at any race! 20:07

Seattle is great because you get a mug for your 5k instead of a t-shirt.

Seattle is great because you get a mug for your 5k instead of a t-shirt.

The Qualifier: Marathon in Midland, MI May 20, 2012. 3:24:08, done…again with the frightening heat! Bagged a new-standards BQ! Read the Re-cap here

Post race. Redemption achieved.

Post race. Redemption achieved.

THE Boston Marathon: April 16, 2012 done…holy hell.

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Read about it here and here.

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