2012 Running Recap

2012 was a huge year for me in just about every major area of my life possible. Running was no exception to that rule, and since I think it’s fair to assume that most of my readers are in one way or another interested in running, here’s a summary of everything I did this year. Shoutout to Lindsay for introducing me to the form and Kim for creating the form in the first place!

Races participated in: 9
Races “raced” (of x amount above): 2
DNFs: 0
DNSs: 0

5K: 4
4M: 1
9K: 1
10K: 2
HM: 1
New to me distances: 4M, 9K, 10K, Half Marathon. I like to call 2012 the year of the PDR haha.

States run in: 2 — Michigan and Illinois
Road: 9
Technical Trail: 0
Months run in: 12

Hottest race: Chicago Fire Fighters Run for the Kids — somewhere in the 80s (which, believe it or not, was actually comfortable, given that the high temperatures for the week before the race were 90, 93, 89, 95, 98, 99, and 91. I hated this summer so hard).
Coldest race: Wolverine Resolution Run
Windiest race: Jingle Bell 5K — doggone headwind for the last half of the race.
Wettest race: Jingle Bell 5K — drizzly the whole time.

Races I ran for free: 2
Race entries I paid for other people: 0, but I really like this idea and think it’s something I’d like to start doing.
Total spent on race entries (me + others): $306.28
Average cost (total/race I paid to run): $43.75
Cheapest race: Resolution Run — $23 for a 4M! Yes please.
Most expensive race: Chicago Half Marathon

Participation medals received: 1
AG medals received: 1

PRs: 5K — 26:19 (0:08 PR)
4M — 36:08 (default PR: new distance)
9K — 52:47 (default PR: new distance)
10K — 60:30 (4:51 PR)
HM — 2:22:34 (default PR: new distance)
Placed in AG: 1 — 3rd place at Jingle Bell 5K

Races run alone: 5. Kind of.
Races run with others: 4. Kind of. I didn’t run side-by-side with anyone for a full race, but I ran 4 of the same races as friends/family.
Who: Good friend from college: River Bank Run 10K. Mom, Dad, brother, sister: 5K. Another friend from college: Chicago Half Marathon. Running friend: Jingle Bell 5K.
Acted as pacer: 0

Races run without music: 0. I’m a purist and don’t believe in running with music.
Races run without Garmin: 1, accidentally. Doggone you, Garmin! I’ll never know my mile splits for my first half marathon 😦
Races run in costume: 0


Medal: Chicago Half Marathon.

Bib: Chicago Half Marathon. I loved that it had my name on it so when I got my medal, the volunteer could say, “Congratulations, Bethany!”

Picture: Chicago Half Marathon.


I even bought a copy of that picture. Proudest moment of my life thus far right there, people.

This wasn’t part of the original survey, but since I think it’s interesting:

Miles run in 2012 (roughly): 352.7

Considering that this was my first full calendar year as a runner, I’d say 2012 was pretty good to me. I had my fair share of shin split trouble, especially during my first 10K training, but overall I’d say I stayed injury free, and I’d really say that’s one of my primary goals in running. I’ve got some high hopes for running/racing in 2013, so here’s to another fun and injury free (and hopefully not as hot) year of running!

19 thoughts on “2012 Running Recap

  1. Congrats on your first full year as a runner! That is awesome! And thanks for the shoutout!

    I love when they put our names on bibs too. I wish all races did! hee hee 🙂

    • It’s such a nice touch! Even though I don’t think anyone could see my name while I was running, having the volunteer who gave me my medal congratulate me by name really made the race feel more personal, even though there were thousands of other runners there (I also wondered for a second how she knew my name, until I remembered that it was on my bib…haha).

  2. Wow! You really did have a killer race year. Year of the PR. I like that. And since I don’t foresee the Chicago marathon in my future for at least a LONG time, I think I may do the Chicago half someday. Glad its a race you loved!

    • Thanks so much, Tina! The Chicago Half really was a great race, and people who’ve run it far more than me have said it has a tendency to do well here. We were fortunate with picture perfect weather this year, but I really felt like overall it was a well-organized race and would totally recommend it to you 🙂

  3. Sounds like you had a great year of running! That picture of you crossing the finish line at the Chicago Half Marathon is awesome. Good Luck with training for whatever marathon you are doing. I am contemplating doing Chicago but I dont know where I will be in October. 🙂

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