What a year!
Fastest: Garry Bjorklund 1:52:48
Slowest: Honky Tonk-with Tim (Without Tim-Pine Line 2:05:34-which, before this year, would have been a PR by almost 6 minutes.)
Best crowd support: Madison Half Marathon
Least crowd support: Pine Line
Best Shirt: Garry Bjorkland (Honorable Mention: Pine Line-Hooded Sweatshirt)
Worst Shirt: Oshkosh
Warmest weather: Madison Mini
Coldest Weather: Journey’s. It snowed. In May.
What I think is most interesting about this chart, is that five of the races I ran, had more finishers than people who live in my town! Okay, maybe that isn’t the most interesting thing.
Honestly, when I started the year, my goal was to run the Oshkosh half marathon under two hours. When I finished that race, I seriously thought that I would never run that fast again. I figured it would be a one-and-done deal. I didn’t think I would be able to work that hard again. I didn’t think my body would be capable of it. So, when I ran a 2:05 and a 2:03 for my next two races, I felt pretty good about that.
Then I started thinking if I would be able to run another sub-2:00. Then it happened. And it happened again. I had to change my thinking regarding what my body was capable of. I am now a sub-2:00 half marathoner. And if I can do that, what else am I capable of?
I don’t know if I have the answer to that question yet, but it certainly gives me something to think about as I start to contemplate my goals for 2014!