I suppose it’s time I acknowledge that my 2012 Race a Month Challenge wasn’t as successful as I’d hoped. However, I am still calling it a success because I truly did have the best of intentions.
So, I guess I’ll start with the fact that I didn’t manage to run a race in November or December. Yes, I failed two months in a row! Now, in my defence, I was very sick in November with a low platelet count which meant that I couldn’t participate in either of the races I’d planned to run. Of course, I felt the need to make up for that by running an extra race in December. Only the December 2 race was cancelled due to icy conditions. So I planned to make up for it with a Park Run the following weekend but that, too, was cancelled due to icy. And the race I planned to do for my actual December run was in the States, but I didn’t make it home for Christmas because I had to send of my passport for my visa application.
I know it sounds like a load of excuses, and I am sorry for that. But I have made it up to my body by doing lots of training runs over the Christmas break. I hope that you’ll forgive me my failure on this. After all, thanks to running three races in September, I did manage a full 12 races in 2012! And here’s the recap:
- January 21: Buchlyvie 10K
- February 18: Falkirk Parkrun 5K
- March 25: Round the Houses 10K
- April 22: The Mulberry Bush Balfron 10K
- May 27: Edinburgh Half Marathon
- June 30: Falkirk Parkrun 5K
- July 22: Donkey Brae 7-Mile Race
- August 25: Drymen 10K
- September 2: Glasgow Great Scottish Run Half Marathon
- September 16: Stirling 10K
- September 30: Loch Ness Marathon
- October 21: Beat Beethoven 5.5K
So that’s my kind of successful failure. But I’m going for it again for 2013 so maybe I’ll have more success the next time. In fact, I already have a list of races to get me started. And—just for fun—I might do two full marathons next year. Because I can!