Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 in Review

New Years Eve! What a year 2012 has been. First off, I would have to say that it was definitely more successful than 2011 mainly due to the fact that I didn’t spend the first 3.5 months injured (knock on wood). If I look back throughout the year, I raced 16 times which definitely beats the 5 times in 2011. That included five half marathons, two 10kms, one 10,000 on the track, one 9.5km, one 8km, three 5kms and three xc/trail races.  These included five BC Championship races and three National Championships. I also broke through the 18 minute barrier for the 5km, the 37minute barrier for the 10km and the 80 minute barrier for the half marathon (FINALLY!). Overall I would say it was a pretty successful year in which I headed in the right direction.

Not to mention I took my first work vacation in 4 year where I took off more than a week and headed to Flagstaff for my first altitude stint. I was able to train like a professional and basically live the dream of eating, running and sleeping for 3 weeks straight. My coworkers thought I was insane that I used my vacation to go and run a lot as their idea of a vacation is to relax. Sure relaxing is nice, but I had wanted to try altitude training for a while so I was definitely in heaven! Thanks so much to Alicia Shay for the place to stay and for Marilyn for her expertise while there.

Since Nationals, I have gone back to base training and so far it is going quite well. I took a 8 day no running break right after nationals which was my first lengthy break since coming back from injury. I had taken a few days here and there, but never more than 3-4 days off in a row so this was the first longer one. It was needed although the competitive side of me definitely was ready just to get back into training after not running my ideal race at Nationals. Now I am training hard in order to reach my new goals for 2013!

With 2012 winding down, I do want to say a few thanks. First and foremost I would like to thank Saucony Canada for their continued support since 2011. I am entering my 3rd year of their support and honestly I could not be more proud to represent such a great company. Not only do I love their shoes (Kinvara’s are my fav) and apparel (love their clothing line) but I love how they support sports in general. Not to mention they rock some awesome contests in which they give out free gear. If you are on facebook, please like Saucony Canada as they will have a new contest coming in the new year! Thanks so much to Jeremiah Johnston who is my direct athlete representative and keeps me stocked up with shoes so I can avoid injury!

Also huge thanks to Abe Avender and Joe Foglia from Island Optimal Health and Performance. These two are my chiropractors and I owe them huge thanks for keeping my body running. They always do their best to fit me in whenever I need an emergency treatment, not to mention they are great motivators. If you need a chiro in Nanaimo or any ART treatment, these guys are the ones to contact! Just be warned that while they look normal for 11 months of the year, Movember can be a bit scary, especially with Joe. Just make sure you don’t meet him for the first time during Movember ;)

Yvonne Visser requires a shout out as well; she is my RMT and is wonderful with her hands. She is definitely my go-to-person for massage. She can turn my tired legs into fresh legs after one treatment. Unfortunately she had some bad luck at the end of this year and became injured so I have not been able to see her since October; however, I will definitely be back once her health is back to normal!

Matt Clout, my coach (aka advisor) gets huge thanks as well. Thank you for your patience especially when I lack it. I have been with Matt for the last 4+ years (I think) and have known him since we were kids (never forget the pedometer). I owe him for a huge part of my success and improvements over the years, so thank you for your time and commitment.

My boyfriend Jason, my parents (Judy, Don, Geoff, Pat) and my sister (Heather) plus extended family on both my side and Jason’s (way too many to name), I thank all of you for your support. I know my running can get in the way sometimes as I constantly have to arrange things around what my workouts are for the day so I thank you for your patience and understanding with me. You may not fully understand why I can’t just drop a workout to make last minute plans; however, it means a lot that you don’t hold it against me.

Also to all my blog readers, social media friends, co-workers and friends, thank you for your words of support. I am so forever grateful for those words and appreciate you all taking the time to make contact and congratulate me on my races. Even when I am feeling down about a race, you all are so supportive that it makes me rethink things. Much appreciated!

I know I have forgotten people, but I am in a hurry to get this blog out as I have to hit the shower to head out to friends for the evening. If you are reading this, a simple Thank YOU! I have some big plans and goals for 2013 and am even being recruited to help the running community ever since word got out that I am no longer helping with NDSS due to differences that need not be explained. I will explain more in 2013!

In the meantime, Happy New Year to you all! See you in 2013! 

**Edit. I knew I would forget some! I want to also thank Bastion Running Club, Westwood Running Club, Prairie Inn Harriers, BC Athletics, Canada Running Series and VIRA for their support! Bob Reid, Chris Kelsall and Alan Brookes have earned their thanks as well! All of these clubs/people made many of my races possible this year. Not to mention each race who offered up comp entries and/or hotel so that I could take part in your race! Thank you! 


mfranks said...

Looking forward to 2013! Good luck with the training! Hope you had a great Christmas & New Years - Meggan

Anonymous said...

Well said, Erin. Gratitude is a foundation of success. Congratulations of your excellent results. They come with great efforts. Wishing you all the best in 2013. Cheryl