Sunday, January 1, 2012

A Look Back on 2011 and A Look Ahead to 2012

January 2011
*Training for the Cleveland Marathon began (there were many long runs where Jenn and I were sporting our ninja masks to get our run in during the crazy Cleveland winter)
*I spent many a morning running in circles on the indoor track at the YMCA
*Ran 104 miles

February 2011
*Traveled to Austin, TX with Deb and Nikki to knock out another state on our quest to run a 1/2 marathon in all 50 states
*Finally met Joe M. and many other dailymile runners while in Austin
*Traveled to Dublin, OH where I paced Dave to his first sub-2 hour 1/2 marathon
*Ran 100.09 miles

March 2011
*Ran my first 30K and finished dead last while getting first in my age group
*Said goodbye to my Grandma
*Ran my first 20 mile training run for the Cleveland Marathon
*Ran 136.4 miles

April 2011
*Placed first female overall at a local 5K
*Met Olympic Bronze Medalist Lynn Jennings
*Ran the Cleveland 10 Miler as part of a 20 mile training run with Dave and Jenn
*Met some more great running friends (Deb, Missi, Kim and Brigette) thanks to Dave
*Traveled to Nashville, TN with Deb and Nikki to run the RNR Nashville Country Music 1/2 Marathon in honor of Uncle Joe who was in the fight of his life, taking on esophogeal cancer.
*Met Kara Goucher and she autographed my book
*Ran 129.81 miles

May 2011
*Finally got to meet my admitted girl crush and several other bloggers
*Finished the Cleveland Marathon upright and with a smile on my face with A LOT of help from an amazing friend
*Was reminded to appreciate the love of the run
*Ran/walked my daughter's third 5K with her
*Committed to a sub-4:15 training plan, created by Joe, for the Columbus Marathon
*Ran 78.81 miles

June 2011
*Placed 3rd in my age group, with strep throat, at a local 5K
*Officially signed up for the Columbus Marathon
*Started training for the Columbus Marathon
*Ran 90.1 miles
July 2011
*Ran many miles in Myrtle Beach while on vacation
*Took a girls trip to Columbus with my best friend, Deb
*Said goodbye to Uncle Joe
*Ran 172.8 miles
*Set a new monthly mileage PR

August 2011
*Continued training for the Columbus Marathon
*Returned to work after enjoying the summer
*Ran 180.21 miles
*Set yet another monthly mileage PR

September 2011
*Ran my 1,000 mile for 2011
*Traveled to Philadelphia, PA with Deb and Nikki to take on the RNR Philly 1/2 Marathon
*Ran the "Rocky Steps" a couple times
*Met Jackie and Dan from the Biggest Loser
*Had an amazing final 20 mile training run for the Columbus Marathon
*Ran 115.29 miles

October 2011
*Traveled to Chicago to support Deb and Missi in their marathon
*Met Amanda while in Chicago
*Had the time of my life at the Columbus Marathon on October 16, 2011
*Crossed the finish line of the Columbus Marathon in 4:10:11 with the support of my amazing friends
*Ran all 26.2 miles of the Columbus Marathon in memory of Uncle Joe, he will always be our Superman
*Ran 83.2 miles

November 2011
*Just ran to run with no training plan
*Enjoyed a few beautiful runs in PA while visiting for Thanksgiving
*Ran 51.6 miles
*Least amount of miles run in a month in 2011

December 2011
*Traveled to Las Vegas, NV with Deb to run the RNR Vegas Strip at Night 1/2 Marathon
*Enjoyed an amzing girls weekend while in Vegas with my best friend
*Ran into Darlene on the course in a sea of 45,000 people
*Was told by my doctor that I was the picture of health (BP 110/62, weight 153 lbs, and BMI 22) and to keep running because it is working
*Ran 57.69 miles
*Ran my 1,300 mile on my basement treadmill on December 31, 2011

2011 was a great year overall.  Although there was great sadness in saying goodbye to two amazing family members, there were many more tears of joy and accomplishment shed!

With a wrap on 2011, I give you my "to do list" for 2012

2012 Running Goals
1. My number one running goal is to run a sub-1:50 half marathon
2. Secondary to the goal of a sub-1:50, I would like to attempt to run another marathon PR (sub-4:10:11) with a stretch goal of running a sub-4:00:00

2012 Mini Running Challenges
1.  Run 100 miles per month
2.  Run a half marathon each month

2012 Non-Running Mini Challenges
1.  Increase the amount of cross-training/strength training I do on a monthly basis
2.  Focus on choosing and cooking healthier foods
3.  Drink more water
4.  I promised a certain someone that if they ran a marathon with me I would learn to swim so I intend to make good on that promise this year. 

Keep running, you're simply the best, and you inspire me!!


  1. Great look back and a wonderful set of goals for the New Year! Hope to watch you check each of them off your list during 2012~ Go, Jodi!

  2. Oh my goodness, those ninja masks are something! Your mileage, PRs, and spirit were just amazing this year. Can't wait to see what 2012 holds on store! My sub-4:10 goal is being shelved until 2013 (for obvious reasons!) but I will be back to make good on it. No doubt you'll crush that goal this year!

  3. Happy New Year, Jodi! You had an excellent year and I know 2012 will be all that and better!