AMR Year in Review: September-December 2012
And we’re concluding our AMR Year in Review today. Here’s part I and II if you missed them. We’ve got a couple more Why I Runs lined up through the end of the week; we’ll see you all on Monday! Happy 2013!
While Julie’s son Declan devoured the fruits of our labor in September…
Highlight from Julia: In September I ran a 5k, on a bet! I have asthma and have never ran. Did not believe I could ever do it. I am now a Believer. I ran a 5k, I quit smoking and have signed up for a Warrior Dash in June.
And we devoured these delicious cookies Robin, who we met at the Disneyland Half Marathon, made for us, you guys were getting busy to head into racing season.
Highlight from Shelly: This year I got to make a check mark next to a bucket list item: I ran my first half marathon and raised money for St. Jude and ran for all those sweet faces. I have to say it was the most emotional thing I have done in my life except for having my sweet babies. I can not wait to do it again! I ran my first 10K this year too. I hated it, but I guess I need to try that again:)
Sara modeled a badass visor and an even better smile.
Highlight from Christy: In September, I ran my first ultra marathon. The most challenging running experience ever for me. Loved it!
Stephanie, finishing her first half-marathon, modeled the adaptability we mother runners sometimes grudgingly embrace. “I got a flu like virus about a week before and wasn’t even sure I was going to be able to make it,” she says, “My revised goal was to walk it. I ran over half of it in 3:19:28.”
Elizabeth and her pals made it! “We ran a 50-mile relay and had a spectacular day! Not much can compare to spending a day surrounded by positive, healthy, driven, happy and FUN women! We set a goal to finish in under 6 hours. Our final time…. 5:57:35!” she reports. We nod in agreement; sounds like a ball!
Highlight from Maria: Ran my first marathon, Chicago, with my husband, my 7-year-old and my 4-year-old cheering me on!
Kathryn’s son’s depiction of a finish line they crossed together. I hope she’s framed the butogofer; that’s worthy of some wall real estate.
Highlight from Sherri: 2012 has been my Year of Injuries, but I managed to run my first marathon in March. It wasn’t pretty, but I finished in under 5 hours. Then, PR’d a half in October. I am still dealing with some minor issues — plantar fasciitis — but 2012 is the year when I finally started to LOVE running for the pure exhilaration that it brings!
Rachelle crossed the finish line of the Marine Corps Marathon while she was 18-weeks preggo. She ran the first half and ran/walked the second. “I’m not sure of my exact finishing time, but I think it was just under 3 hours,” she jokes, “Or wait, maybe that was Paul Ryan’s. I’m so bad with numbers!”
Highlight from Janet: Running the Long Beach Marathon. It was my second marathon and my husband’s first. It was a beautiful course, a wonderful run, and I don’t think I’ve ever been so thankful for being able to run as I was that day.
We ran into Gina as we were heading to the car after running in the Twin Cities races. “Thank you both for being so gracious yesterday,” she writes, ” I could have talked for hours on how your book has inspired me. My husband also could have told you what I better wife and mother I am since becoming a runner.” And we could’ve listened for hours, Gina, except that Sarah’s sports bra was soaking and she had to jet. I mean hobble.
Highlight from Roz: I actually started running for the first time in my life and I am 44!
Best pumpkin ever. I’d happily pull out all the pumpkin guts if Kate would make me one of these next year.
“I set a goal of completing 12 events in 2012, which is many more than I’ve ever done in a year before,” writes Amy, “Today was number 12: a fun run with my daughter. My 12 events were four 5Ks (1 PR, 2 with my daughter), one 10K (PR), two half marathons (1 PR), two sprint triathlons, one Olympic triathlon (first one), 1.2 mile swim (1st place in my age group), and one week long bike ride across Iowa (328 miles in 7 days). Next year’s goal: my first marathon!”
Highlight from Jaime: Ran 4 miles at our local Hobble Gobble in November; it was 4 months to the day that I had our second son. And the farthest I had ran. A mile for every month!
“Thankful for these BAMRs in my life. They keep me laughing, keep me sane, and keep me going!” writes Michelle, “Happy Thanksgiving!”
Highlight from Beth: I accepted a transfer with my company that requires weekly travel. While I hate being away from my family, I found a way to maintain my marathon training and run in every city that I traveled to (for both work and vacation)!
“Mother Runners are EVERYWHERE!” writes Nicole, from the top of Machu Picchu. (Thanks for representing!)
Highlight from Katie: Feeling like I could go on to finish a half-marathon when I had planned to stop at the 10 mile finish.
Putting the bad in badass up in Manitoba: six inches of fresh snow, 8 miles for Sherrie and 14.5 for Tricia. (Thanks for representing!)
” I just realized that the first mile of my 5k this morning was the fastest that I have ever run. 9:45 maybe ‘slow’ for some but for this mama who started out with an average pace of over 12 min/mile it’s a huge accomplishment,” Lavon writes, “It makes me realize that a sub-30 5k is within grasp. But now I am going to have to wear a tutu and knee high socks– I’m suspicious like that–to every 5k.”
Highlight from Barb: A chilly December morning, I left for a great 9-mile run through the dark hills of Portland. We ran this loop that was uphill most of the way, but so worth it when we finished.
“I ran a half-marathon in Angkor Wat, Cambodia on Sunday. The course was around the temples of Angkor Wat; along the way we saw monkeys, elephants, monks heading to the temple to pray, and hundreds of cheering villagers,” writes Rachel, “Was an incredibly memorable experience.” Wow.
Highlight from Joan: December 8: ran a 10-miler and picked up my son close to the finish line and we crossed the line together. He wan so happy saying ‘We finished the race!’ So much fun!
Although 2012 was far from a failure, a photographer failed to capture our sprite Rhonda in her final X Jump of the year. (What? A race photographer failing to get a good shot? That *never* happens, right?)
Highlight from Jennifer: Started running in August and could barely make it once around the track without my asthma really acting up. But started training for half marathon with my husband. Ran 7.17 on 12/2/12-a huge accomplishment. Couldn’t have done it without his support! Looking forward to many more accomplishments.
Looking forward to many more accomplishments: You and us both, Jennifer. You and us both.
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