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12 for ‘12

2012 was a pretty ridiculous year. I went from crutches to marathon PRing to running a 50 miler in the matter of 10 months. I ran somewhere in the neighborhood of 24 races in over a dozen different states, including 6 marathons, 3 50ks, an ultra relay and the 50 miler. I moved. I changed jobs. I traveled nonstop. I spent nearly every weekend with running friends, Middlebury friends, Vermont friends, and lots of strangers from the internet. In short, it was a fan-effing-tastic 12 months.

Because I’m totally camera obsessed and totally enjoying a holiday break full of things other than hours of writing blog posts, I decided to copy the blogging trend of closing the year out with a photo to mark every month. I was tempted to cheat and use several photos for each month, because seriously, how do you choose between a picture of Bart Yasso or one with MC Hammer when you hang with both of them in June? (Answer: screw the blog post, frame both and make handy houseguest hang Bart and Hammer next to your bed.)

But, no cheating happened, just 12 photos for 12 gloriously sweaty months:



Booked a flight to Texas for the marathon trials and convinced this one to join me in a matter of 47 minutes. Spent 48 blissful hours cowbelling the streets of Houston, partying with Olympians, and resolving to never miss a trials weekend for the rest of our lives.



A life-changing package arrived on my doorstep and a few weeks later, I ran my first race in Hokas.



I permanently retired from the sport of triathlon when my one swim/bike/run race for the season was cancelled. I celebrated by cruising through SoCal, running more miles than ever before, and enjoying races without my bike and a pair of goggles nearly every weekend.



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Took 20 minutes off my marathon PR, ran a 3:08, popped bubbly at Hayward, fell hopelessly in love with Eugene, Oregon.



Ran my first ultra. Liked it a little.



Made good on the not-missing a trials weekend pledge by flying to Eugene for olympic trials weekend #2. Stalked an impressive number of track and field stars. Danced with Hammer. Developed an obsession with fast birds.



Took a much-needed break from racing for the entire month. Used my newfound free time to drive 20 hours roundtrip to spend 12 hours consuming craft beer in Vermont and winning brew fest for the fourth year in a row.


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Ran second ultra. Learned that racing 32 miles in August in Virginia will make you redefine “sweaty.” Won a race for the first time ever. Set a course record. Picked up friends on the trail. Had so much fun I signed up for a 50 miler.



Traveled around the country, from DC to Wisconsin to Vermont to Oregon and back again, racing and watching several friends get hitched. Perfected the art of toeing a start line four hours after convincing the DJ to play “Shout!” for the third time in one wedding night.



Spent a glorious seven hours and thirty four minutes running 50 miles around a lake in upstate New York.



In a super Type Z move, I was convinced over gchat to book a one-way flight to New Hampshire four hours before it was supposed to take off and help pace one of my favorite friends to a 22 minute marathon PR the next morning. 2013 had better involve a healthy dose of spontaneous race weekends.



Started running again after several weeks of being sidelined by the mystery bitch rib injury. Ditched my garmin and embraced running with a naked wrist running until I’m 100 percent back to full health.

2012, you treated me pretty darn okay. Here’s to 2013 being even better.

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11 Responses to 12 for ‘12

  1. awesome year Em!! so (assuming you are insanely type A and track all your mileage in spreadsheets like me), what is your year end total??

  2. Wow! What an amazing year of running, and one you will never forget :) Go you!

  3. Awesome 2012! Can’t wait to see that surprises that 2013 holds for you! I’d love to hear your year end mileage total too.

  4. I love this! Great year Emily! 2013 has some big shoes to fill!

  5. I’m insanely jealous of your 2012.

  6. Wow, talk about a great year, Emily! Can’t wait to read about what 2013 brings!

  7. You had an amazing running 2012. Congratulations on everything you achieved!!! I can’t imagine what you’re going to do in 2013!!

  8. Your energy level and stamina is incredible! What a crazy, wonderful year! Congrats on all the accomplishments and I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for you. Happy New Year!

  9. I bet 2013 will be double awesome-sauce! Happy New Year Em!

  10. Such a fun recap! And I love, love that photo of you for August :) Ahem, just before I go… 50m recap? I know, know, killjoy – but I know I’m not alone ! :) :) In the meantime, here’s to a healthy and happy 2013.

  11. Congrats on your 2012 achievements. I’m sure more miles and pr’s will be run in 2013. Thinking about trying out the Hokas that you love so much but was wondering how many miles can they handle before they break down. I like to have an ample supply of shoes on hand because I replace every 2-3 months and I’m not running that many weekly miles but am having a hard time with the price tag. Currently wearing Brooks Cascadia for good traction with the snow in CNY. No problem with the price if they can keep me running. Just curious because if I love them, my wallet is in trouble. When you get a chance can you let me know. I have scoured the Internet for this answer without any answers. Thanks!