Sunday, January 1, 2012

What's ahead in 2012

2011 was a very exciting year for me. On just the running side of things:
  • I set new 5k, 10k and half marathon PRs.
  • I won Disney's Expedition Everest Challenge (again).
  • I ran my first marathon!
In my non-running life:
  • I switched roles at my company and started working from home.
  • After only 1 year and 3 months in Baltimore, I packed up again and moved back to my hometown of Ferndale, Washington, with a two month stopover in Ithaca.
Things are settling down at home and work, and I'm looking forward to 2012 being another great year for running. To start with, I stumbled across a sponsorship opportunity a few days ago. It's a local restaurant that wants to show community support by sponsoring local runners. I already applied and was accepted and I'll share more details once things are finalized.

These are some of the highlights of my 2012 racing calendar:
  • January 27 & 30, Never Land 5k and Tinker Bell Half Marathon - To be honest I'm not that thrilled about the half being a female-oriented event, but Disney races are always a fun time. The Disneyland Half Marathon is still my favorite race ever.
  • March 31, Birch Bay Road Race 30k - It's only a 20 minute drive from home and my first time doing a 30k.
  • May 5, Expedition Everest Challenge - I've done this race every year since 2008 and I'm not ready to break the streak yet.
  • May 20, Rock 'n' Roll Portland 1/2 Marathon - I debated this for quite a while and finally signed up yesterday just before the price increase. It's expensive for a half, but I like inaugural events. My boyfriend agreed to drive me so it'll be a nice weekend getaway for us.
  • June 23, Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon - I ran the inaugural half in 2009 so now it's time to tackle the full.
  • September 29, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler - Another inaugural event and another trip to Walt Disney World. I love WDW this time of year and it'll be great to spend time at the Food & Wine Festival.
  • November 25, Seattle Marathon - I feel like I need to do this race at least once just to say I've done it.
I'll also be doing several smaller, local races sprinkled throughout the year, including a possible half marathon next weekend. It should be a jam-packed year and I can't wait. Here's to a fabulous 2012!


  1. Best of luck with your 2012 goals, looking forward to following your journey!

  2. Nice plan for 2012! I did the Seattle Half (in November) 2 years ago. It's a fun event. Looking forward to RNR Portland, I'm ready for them to publish the course!

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Great plans! Good luck with your goals for 2012! I've been thinking of doing a road trip down to Washington for a 1/2 marathon or shorter race this year. Which one would you recommend?

  4. I found you on disboards, love seeing other running bloggers there!

    Awesome schedule - I will be at Tink, and RnR Seattle will be my first full! :)