2012 halftime report

I never imagined at the beginning of this year that my biggest highlight would be personal with my relocation to the Richmond area. While I haven't been happy with my career in a while, moving to another part of Virginia wasn't something I was looking to do. Here on the last day of the first half of the year, I'm happy with how things are falling into place with the move. With that comes a return of satisfaction with my running.

This month has been weird -- I feel like I've neglected running and haven't been able to do many of the things Coach Caleb has lined up for me. Despite that, I closed out the month with a 10-mile run this morning and a little more than 90 miles for the month. My Relay for Life run at the beginning of the month certainly helped me hit that mark.

Here are the main things that stand out for me for the first half of this year:

PRs The Shamrock Half Marathon feels so long ago, but it still stands out as my top highlight of the year.  Shattering my 10k PR in Carytown is a close second.

Humbled The Cleveland Half Marathon experience was miserable. It was so bad that I almost signed up for next year's race to get some redemption. I didn't though. Instead I've used that race as a learning experience and feel much better prepared for changing weather conditions than I have before.

The "other" experiences My first race of the year -- a bloody Frozen Toe 10k -- is probably my favorite racing experience so far. A close second is the Blue Ridge Half Marathon.

More miles I haven't focused on many specific numbers this year, but I'm closing off the first half of the year with more than 550 miles. I'm just 15 miles shy of 1,200 miles since July 1, 2011.

What's ahead I've been thinking a lot this month about getting beyond this month. I'm eager to get to "official" Richmond Marathon training with a coach outlining my plans. It's a brand new experience training like this. I do need to find an in between race though, but I have to actually do some searching first.