Oh, that we could all have running year's like Mandy's. We asked for your highlights of the year on our Facebook page, and it lit up like a Christmas tree. But Mandy? Well, check her out.
My whole year was a running highlight! My first 10K, 25K, 2nd half-marathon, first full, 3 5K PRs (breaking 25 minutes when I had never broken 27!), and running every Wednesday evening and Saturday morning with a running group consisting of family and friends who are like family! [Take a breath, friend, take a breath!] Started a runner support group on Facebook and reached 1,000 miles for the year! Crossing the finish line of that marathon with my dad was the icing on the cake! I get teary eyed looking back on all my running memories from 2012! I know 2013 will be great too!
2012 was pretty great for you guys too; here's a small compilation of achievements and pics to remember the miles that will remain on your brains for many years to come.
Highlight from Barb: January 18, 2012. I did 6 miles in the pouring down rain on the morning of my Dad's funeral. I cried the entire run, but it was exactly what I needed: being outside with my thoughts and prayers to ready myself for the emotional day.
Highlight from JoEllyn: My running highlight was just running. I was suffering from post-partum depression for almost two years, started to run, and it helped immensely. I was also finishing up my master's degree while working full-time with a babe so I was proud I did ANY of it. The benefit to my mental health has been immense!
Highlight from Janelle: I conquered the early morning run. Having tried for two years to make it a habit, I now work out 3 to 5 days a week in the 5 a.m. hour! People ask how I can get up so early: I don't think I just go!
Saving the worst for last: one of our tribe, the lovely Sherry Arnold, a mother, teacher, and runner, went missing in early January. Her remains were found months later, and it seems that the trial of her accused killers will start in early 2013. She was one of a handful of mother runners who were killed while running this year; Sara Hart of Kentucky and Suzanne Seeman of California were, unfortunately, two more.
Highlight from Heather: I finished my first half-marathon, which was my first long race after getting a DNF (did not finish) in my marathon attempt in May 2011. Crossing that finish line was huge for me because I proved to myself that the DNF was just a bump in the road and didn't define me as a runner. It was also my first half-marathon in Brazil! I went on to run three more this year and I'm getting ready to take on the marathon again in 2013 in Rio!
Highlight from Jennifer: On February 20, I ran five miles with one of my 12-year-old old triplet nieces, came back to my sister's house and picked up the other two nieces for the last four miles. These girls are great runners and could easily run 3 min faster a mile than I can. But, for this day they slowed to my pace. It meant so much to me to have them with me and talking and laughing. By far my favorite run of 2012...maybe ever!
Highlight from Deb: Having my daughter in March, then starting up couch to 5K late July as a way to get rid of the last few pounds. I have never been a runner and now I'm training for the Princess Half!
Highlight from another Jennifer: I found a new running partner in March! We were chatting at a teacher-of-the-year banquet where we were seated next to each other. (She was there as her school's nominee, I was there supporting the teacher from my school where I'm an administrator.) Anyway, we realized that we ran the same loop at almost the same time 3x per week. We started running together and have run almost all our miles together since. We've seen each other through my son leaving for college, the passing of her grandma, and all sorts of day-to-day mom stuff. She is a great friend and I am so grateful for her!
Highlight from Rebecca: March 27, I ran the Bataan Death Memorial March Marathon, side by side active military, veterans, wounded warriors, and at the finish, was blessed to shake hands with survivors of the actual WWII death march. My hat is off to all of them, I cannot express my gratitude.
Highlight from (a different) Maggie: I started running in April and was doing a 10:50 mile. Eight months later, I have cut 1 minute off that!
Highlight from Sally: I ran my first half-marathon in April. It was even in my hometown, a place filled with doubt about my athletic ability. I cried as I ran past my middle school and high school, leaving behind my memories of being the "non-athlete" of my childhood friends. I felt on top of the world at the finish line!
Highlight from Anna: I had a comeback year. Not from an injury, but I lost some weight the end of 2011 and my race results this year have been pre-baby & better...and the "baby" is almost 7. So 2012 has been my year!
Before you go, though, rewind the first third of 2012: tell--or remind us--of one achievement you hit in the comments below. Strut your stuff, mother runners!