Highlight from Jaye: In Jan 2012, I took a month off due to plantar fasciitis. I ran my first half-marathon in May with PR of 1:47 and 1st full on Oct 20th in 4:00:18.4!
Highlight from Ashleigh: I was able to race again after having two kids and a traumatic brain injury in 2009 that left me partly paralyzed from a hit and run while crosstraining on my road bike. Cyclist vs. BMW: I lost but also won. I now have such a respect for life and myself.
Highlight from Tracey: Running the Pittsburgh Half Marathon in May with my running partner, who moved to Texas and came back for the race, and pushing her to a PR.
Highlight from Kerry: I started Couch to 5K in mid-June. (I was sort of tricked into it, too...long story...42 years old, 4 kids, basically sedentary, hate exercise.) The day I came home and said, "That felt good!" and actually was excited to run again. My 5k finish was pretty awesome, too! Now on to 10k in the spring!
Highlight from Kathy: I completed a straight 7 hr, 26 min treadmill run in the hospital while my 15 month old underwent major skull surgery. My running is absolutely nothing compared to his strength.
Highlight from us: We launched the first annual AMR Challenge. Nearly 200 were mother enough to take the challenge--and snag the free AMR bumper sticker. Looking forward to doing it again in 2013.
Highlight from Melissa: On July 1 I decided that after nearly 3 years (and 2 babies), I wanted to start running again. Found the shoes and went for it. 6 months later I have run three 5k races, make time 5+ times a week to run, and really feel much better physically and mentally. Hoping for a 10k in 2013!
Highlight from Patricia: I got at least one run in EVERY week. Most of the time I ran 3 times. Now I am pushing 5 times. Did my first 10K in April. PRed 5K in June. PRed 5 miles in September. Now I am starting to train for my first half marathon! Its been a great year of confidence building for me!
Highlight from Holly: We moved this year, to a village where there's a Facebook group of Running Grrls. Suddenly, I have girlfriends to run with, who are inspiring me to brave the conditions far more than I ever did before. Thanks to them I've gotten off the couch more often, and had a great time doing it. A wonderful and unexpected benefit of this move!
Highlight from Laurie: The first time I went to a race I had only been running for a few months and when I got there I got totally cold feet. I started panicking and totally bailed out! After that I did two more 5ks this summer. I wasn't going for a PR but just the fact that I ran each one without stopping; one was 95 degrees and humid as hell but I did it! This fall I did my very 1st 1/2 marathon! Now nothing scares me. This coming year, instead of being scared to do these races, I want to break my PR's and go for the gold! Yay me!
Highlight from Kayla: Running the Beach to Beacon in Maine in August. I ran it in 2011 when I was 7-weeks post c-section in the slowest time ever and vowed I would WOW myself the next year. This year, I ran my fastest time for a 10k! And my baby was at the finish line. Great race memory. I hope I get in again next year for a repeat.
Highlight from Heather: 2012 was an awesome running year: 1st marathons (2 official, 1 DIY); 1st ultra (40+ miles in 12 hours)' and probably best of all..first 5ks (3 of them!) with my 6 (now 7)-year-old daughter!
Highlight from (and a bit of shameless self-promo courtesy of) Amy: I ran 4 half marathons in 2 months, with two of them under two hours. Thanks to the training plans in Train Like A Mother , I PRed with a 1:55.
What happened in May through August for you, running-wise? Did you feel the magic of running?
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