This was a good year for me, 27 races (averaging a race every two weeks) including four 8K races. I saw my times gradually improve from struggling to do 10 minute miles to doing some 8:30 miles late in the year, and in December I ran two races on the same day. I raced in all 12 months this year.
|1/29/2011||Citrus Festival||Mission, TX||5K||29:57||09:39|
|2/26/2011||Fiesta Edinburg||Edinburg, TX||3 Mi||30:22||10:07|
|3/5/2011||Great Strides Mission||Sharyland, TX||5K||33:00||10:38|
|3/6/2011||Individual Time Trial (bicycle 17.9 mph)||McAllen, TX||10 Mi||33:30||03:21|
|3/12/2011||5th Annual St. Patricks Day 5k||Pharr, TX||5K||30:20||09:45|
|6/10/2011||South Church Family Fitness||Lansing||5K||28:32||09:12|
|6/12/2011||Run for Chum||Dansville||5K||28:39||09:15|
|7/31/2011||Hall of Fame Run||Lansing||8K*||50:37||10:07|
|8/14/2011||Camino of St. James||Mason||8K||48:19||09:40|
|8/28/2011||Woods & Water GM Lansing Delta trail run||Delta Twp||5K||27:59||09:03|
|9/11/2011||Kellie Sebrell Trail Run||DeWitt||5K||29:40||09:34|
|9/25/2011||Autumn Classic||Lake Lansing||8K||44:47||09:01|
|10/9/2011||Green Space Trail run||Mason||5K||28:49||09:18|
|10/29/2011||St. Mary School||Williamston||5K||27:14||08:47|
|11/13/2011||Burg Run (trail run)||Laingsburg||5K||28:28||09:11|
|11/19/2011||The Grand Finale (trail run)||Lansing. - Grand Woods Pk||5K||28:00||09:02|
|12/03/2011||Dashing thru the Snow||Fowlerville||5K||26:17||08:29|
|12/18/2011||Action Mercy 5K||Alton, TX||5K**||24:56||08:36|
|12/31/2011||Resolution Race||McAllen, TX||5K||27:32||08:53|
The Green Space trail run (Oct 9) was the hardest course. The Scrooge Scramble (Dec 3) was also hard because of ice and snow on the course.
I had heart arhythmias and had to wallk a little on both the Grand Finale (Nov 19) and the Scrooge Scramble (Dec 3). These are annoying but not (obviously) fatal and occur occasionally when I push hard. I had my first one when I was 35 on a bicycle and had an acute throbbing pain in my chest. I thought I was a dead man then. Today I can feel them, but they're not painful. They always go away after a minute or so (I just slow down until they do) and my doctor told me not to give up running/bicycling, if for some reason one didn't stop, I would have time to get to a hospital. I've met other people who say they have the same problem, but you don't hear much about arhythmias.
* The Hall of Fame Run (Jul 31) was supposed to be a 10K, but the course got flooded and so was shortened.
** The Action Mercy 5K (Dec 18) was a little short according to Google Earth. Pace figured using 2.9 miles.