Farewell, 2011! Bring it, 2012!

30 Dec

Oh, hi.  It’s New Years Eve-Eve, and all I can think about is my not-even-half-packed-up studio on the Upper East Side and the fact that my movers are coming at 9 AM sharp tomorrow to cart ALL MY SH*T to Astoria.

I’m stressed.

And while I am stoked to be living in sin with T, I would be lying if I said I was stoked to leave the UES, which is where I have lived for the past 7.5 years.  (Good Lord, I am old.)

Honestly, my anxiety about leaving the UES has very little/zero to do with outer borough snobbery.  I LOVE Astoria.  There are awesome restaurants and bars there, it’s basically a hop-skip-and-jump from Manhattan, (really!  it is!  come VISITTTTT!) and several of my NYC besties live there already.  Plus there’s the whole palatial-apartment-for-a-fraction-of-Manhattan-rent thing.

But I am going to miss the accessibility to the park.  It’s now going to be a real effort to get there.  Iwill say I have run over the Q’boro Bridge from Queens to Manhattan countless times in the past year and a half.  And it’s a nice run.

Fantastic view from Qboro bridge one morning before work

But from T’s place (now my place!) just to the base of the park, it’s already close to 4 miles.   I am going to have to get used to running with a backpack and showering and getting ready at the office, a notion that I do not relish.  But I can and will make it work.  I’m also going to allow myself cabs to the park from time to time, seeing as how I’ll be saving a bundle on rent.

Oh, dear reservoir, I will so miss your proximity...

At least the move stuff is keeping me distracted from my true current angst, which is:

Yeah.  It’s still there.  It still hurts.

I went to a spinning class on Wednesday morning before work, after a week of sloth and cookie-inhalation .  Ho hum.  Yesterday, I just couldn’t bear the thought of going to the gym again.  And while it was cold out, I actually love running in cold (I prefer to think of it as brisk!) weather.  So I suited up and went for a little run.

I'm obviously really good at self-portraits. Also, my apartment is a mess. I'm moving! Give me a break!

Anyhow, I know I’m not supposed to run, but I put my inserts in my running shoes and I spent a good amount of time rolling out the arch of my foot with a frozen water bottle before AND after the run.  And– dare I say it?– the pain wasn’t quite as bad as it has been!  This could quite possibly be wishful thinking…

Anyhow, thus far the grand total mileage for my week is a little over 4 miles.  Wow.

But let’s talk about pleasant things, shall we?  Like my year in running!  This year marked my 10th (and 11th) marathons and my two fastest times, including one BQ.  I prefer not to split hairs on this topic, so yes I do consider my 3:38:52 in Columbus a BQ.  It’s not my fault that Boston was already filled for 2012 by the time I qualified.  Also not my fault that they made the qualifying times tighter for 2013 and now I have to get a 3:35 (or more like a 3:30 to ensure entry– the field is getting tougher and tougher!) in order to qualify!  Yay, fast women!

So yeah.  One of the highest points of my life was on October 16, 2011

And though it was a pretty f**king tough fight, I am proud of how I fared in the NYC marathon, a mere 3 weeks later.  3:45:35, and while I know that’s not impressive for a lot of folks, it was better than I expected.

I was pretty miserable at keeping good track of my mileage, but from what I do have, my mileage for the year was 1406.  I definitely didn’t record everything, but that number averages out to 27 miles a week, which isn’t horrible!  I don’t really make New Years resolutions (why set myself up for failure?) but I really DO want to do better at recording mileage this year.  I signed up for Daily Mile yesterday and thus far have a whopping 4 miles recorded in there.  But I’m hoping that will help me keep better track of my miles in 2012!  And I’m hoping those miles are many! 🙂

As for races in 2011, here’s my New York Road Runners summary and proof that I qualified for NYCM 2012!  Holla!

Yeah, my paces are all over the damn place.

I ran a few additional races, including the Boilermaker in Utica, which I definitely want to do again this summer.  That race is a hilly little b*tch, but in general any event that combines my two favorite things– beer and running?  Sign me up indefinitely!

Saranac Brewery, thank you for kindly (further de)hydrating me post-race. You make a delicious beverage.

What other races will I do in 2012?  Well, I hope to run at least one other marathon because I would really like to run a 3:30 and I do not want to have a time goal for NYCM.  That race is just too damn stressful withOUT having a goal; I can’t fathom running it WITH one.

So yes, I would love to run a 3:30 in 2012 and thus, qualify for Boston in 2013.  I am wary of saying this publicly, though, because 3:30 is a lofty goal for me.  It involves shaving nearly 9 minutes off of my PR.  Some days I think this is  definitely a possibility; others I think definitely not.

Oh yeah, and there’s that whole PF thing that I think I’ve mentioned a few times before… kind of a factor…

I am NOT running Surf City.  I need to be nice to my foot so I can run many, many more miles in the future.  That race is cursed for me anyway.  Second damn year in a row I signed up for it and am not able to run it.  Harumpf.

I AM running the Cherry Blossom 10-miler!  I’m excited for this.  I love DC and I’ve never been at cherry blossom time.

I AM signed up for the Manhattan Half, which is scarily soon.  Not sure if my li’l foot will be up to snuff by then…

If and when my foot gets better, I will run many, many more races, ’cause I love races and stuff.

I’m really losing focus here…

Anyhow, one final good thing that happened this year was that I discovered running blogs and started reading them obsessively.  Then I started this li’l blog.  And while most times I feel it is boring as hell, I have had fun with it!

So, thanks for being, all-in-all, a pretty sweet year, 2011!  Happy New Year, everyone!  Bring it on, 2012! 🙂

This thing is gonna get decorated to the MAX in 2012!

15 Responses to “Farewell, 2011! Bring it, 2012!”

  1. Kristy December 30, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    i’m so sorry about surf city but i think you are making the right decision. and you DO have a 3:30 in you!!! i know i do too…someday it’ll happen!

    i ran the cherry blossom 10-miler last year. it’s an awesome race and great for a PR. you’ll love it!

    happy new year!

    • Katie December 30, 2011 at 9:03 pm #

      Thanks for the vote of confidence, Kristy! And good to know about the Cherry Blossom race! Happy new year to you, too! Here’s to 3:30s in our futures! 🙂

  2. Sonia Gustafson December 30, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    Just discovered your blog, Katie, love it!! And love all your running goals, you’re amazing 🙂 Happy new year!

    • Katie December 30, 2011 at 9:04 pm #

      Sonia! Great to hear from you! Happy new year! 🙂

  3. Celia December 30, 2011 at 10:07 pm #

    You can for sure run a 3:30! Get better so you can run with me!! Here is to a great 2012!!

    • Katie January 3, 2012 at 10:00 am #

      Yes! We will run together soon!

  4. Kelly December 31, 2011 at 10:52 am #

    I can’t believe you’re moving today! gahhhh! I’m sure you’ll make CP runs work though, and I’m jealous of all the extra space and $$ you’ll be saving. Sadz that we won’t be neighbors anymore though! Good decision about surf city, though I know it must sting 😦 the foot will get better so you can run lots of miles next year AND BQ. All that running over the Q’boro will definitely prep you for NYCM12 if you’re running it! Happy New Year Katie!

    • Katie January 3, 2012 at 10:00 am #

      We won’t be neighbors, but I still plan to spend a lot of time up there, so we must run together when I am recovered! Happy New year to you, too! 🙂

  5. Josie January 2, 2012 at 7:13 am #

    Hi! Congrats on your move, thats exciting! I do agree tho, UES is cool. I am going to be moving back there in march and the best part is proximity to the park! But I’m sure you’ll get lots of good running done in Astoria. Plus bonus hill running on the bridges! 😉

    (Also, I ran from UES to Astoria last year (to go to a beer garden no less!), and the route I took was over the footbridge to randel’s island, then over the other big bridge and you’re straight into Astoria. Faster than 59th st if you are trying to do less miles) Hope that helps 🙂

    • Katie January 3, 2012 at 10:01 am #

      Oh, thanks for that, Josie! I’ve done that before, but I wasn’t sure if it was shorter or not! I’ll have to do the route again!

  6. Lori January 4, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    A belated happy new year and congrats on such an impressive running year, Baber.
    Here’s to a healthy and happy 2012…you deserve it!!

    • Katie January 4, 2012 at 12:18 pm #

      Thanks, baber! xoxoxo

  7. Christine January 4, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    “living in sin” LOL

    what a great year you had! 11 marathons??? wowwww.

    hope your foot gets better soon! xoxo

    • Katie January 4, 2012 at 1:48 pm #

      Thank you! Me too! xoxo 🙂

  8. Josie January 9, 2012 at 2:52 am #

    Hey there! How’s your foot going? Hope your 2012 is starting well 🙂

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