Category Archives: Year In Review

Let the madness continue

We got into the sold out Ragnar Relay Wasatch Back!!!  Our number came up on the waiting list this week and I literally was jumping up and down when I got the phone call.  I wanted to scream but kept at least my voice composed for the angel on the other side of the line with the news I’d been waiting ever so patiently for months for.
And so it is official – training starts the first of February.  Race day mid June with a semi-new crop of fellow crazies.  I’ve already substituted two runners from the original twelve who committed and paid back in July when we got on the waiting list.  Luckily I had two people waiting in the wings for a shot at joining the party. This year Hubby and I will be in “the other” van so we can experience the entire race route.  Since Hubby is back to tip top shape and is officially one of the strong runners, we have to be in the van with the ubber-hard “Ragnar Hill”.  And this year I’m taking a leg with shorter total mileage.  I learned my lesson last year.  Hard means hard when it’s labeled as such regardless of how innocuous the elevation map makes it look.
I use Nike+ to track my running – it’s the coolest app on my iPhone – and every year they give you a rundown of the previous year.  I ran a total of five hundred miles in 2011 averaging three runs and ten miles a week.  Pretty impressive considering I haven’t run more than a couple of miles since Thanksgiving.  Compared to 2010 when I *only* ran three hundred seventeen miles I’m pretty happy with myself.
I’m slowly easing myself back into training mode.  I ran twice this week and it still amazes me to wake up in the morning without pain in my foot.  All the physical therapy and massage therapy has worked wonders and I’m so grateful it was so easily solved.  It’s insane how much you get out of practice when you stop doing cardio regularly and I’m trying not to get frustrated that I can’t just head out and easily do three to five miles at a time.  I have January to get back to where I was before I have to start hard core training.  Twenty three weeks until Ragnar.  I hope it is enough time.

Race Archive 2011

Another list for my OCD.  Although this one seems tiny compared to 2010.  But it represents double the training effort so I’m recording it anyway.  Officially 2011 was the year of Ragnar.  The best part: doing both of them with my Hubby.

Ragnar 2011 – Wasatch Back Relay
June 17-18, 2011
(192 miles, Logan to Park City, UT)
Personal mileage: 21 miles
Team time: 38 hours 05 minutes

Ragnar 2011 – Las Vegas Relay
October 21-22, 2011
(195 miles, Lake Mead to Red Rock, NV)
Personal mileage: 14.2 miles
Team time: 33 hours 31 minutes

I also trained for a half marathon in October which I got two weeks away from and had to cancel because of my injury.  The injury I could no longer ignore…  sometimes reality really bites.


Book List Archive 2011

Time once again to file away all the things from last year and clean up the sidebar for the new year ahead.  This year I successfully read more – thank you, Audible!  I doubled the amount of reading for my own pleasure this year by combining reading and running.  Still one of my most brilliant ideas!

  • Flirt, Laurell K. Hamilton
  • The Wave, Todd Strausser (book club)
  • The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady, Elizabeth Stuckey-French (book club)
  • Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay (book club)
  • Dream Chaser (Dark Hunter #14), Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • The Help, Kathryn Stockett (book club)
  • State of Wonder, Ann Patchett (my pick for book club)
  • Icy Sparks, Gwyn Hyman Rubio (book club)
  • Five Quarters of the Orange, Joanne Harris (book club)
  • Pride (Shifters #3), Rachel Vincent
  • I Don’t Want To Kill You, Dan Wells
  • The Whistling Season, Ivan Doig (book club)
  • The Gathering Storm (Wheel of Time #12), Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
  • My Name is Memory, Ann Brashares
  • The Aquariums of Pyongyang, Kang Chol-Hwan (book club)
  • American Gods, Neil Gaiman
  • The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi (book club)
  • Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson (book club)

Book List Archive 2010

Time once again to placate my OCD tendencies and convert my side-panel list of books I’ve read into a posting for safekeeping.  This list is as dismally short as it was last year but I was also doing a lot more running than reading this past year so who is really complaining?  Instead, I’m thanking my book club for keeping me committed to reading at least a book a month!  And here’s to more time for reading in 2011!

  • The Unit, Ninni Holmqvist  (book club)
  • The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, Katherine Howe  (book club)
  • Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins
  • Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
  • The House at Riverton, Kate Morton  (book club)
  • Mr Monster, Dan Wells
  • Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett  (book club)
  • I Am Not A Serial Killer, Dan Wells  (book club)
  • Life of Pi, Yann Martel  (book club)
  • Oceans Apart, Karen Kingsbury  (book club)
  • Water for Elephants, Sara Gruen  (book club)
  • Pavilion of Women, Pearl S. Buck  (book club)
  • Change of Heart, Jodi Picoult  (book club)