Let me say from the get-go that this was an extremely good walking year for me in many ways. I found a coach, joined a club, managed a few PRs, tried some new distances, got my imbalanced muscles back on track, found some great gear and just basically had fun - I guess it doesn't get much better than that! I'm going to break down my posts into topics; otherwise, this could get really long (longer than usual for me, that is). Let's start with a roundup of races.
THE RACES OF 2012
Up until this year I had only done half marathons as races. This year I added 5K and 10K distances and found I really liked the variety. Of course, this meant I had to learn totally different race strategies for each type of race, which is a good thing. I also discovered a local series of races run by W.R.A.C.E. (Walkers and Runners Around the County of Essex), which not only welcomed walkers in the 5Ks, but posted results separately and gave awards! Needless to say, I will be doing more of these in 2013! Here, then, is a list of what I did, when I did it and how I did; I also have added links to the blog entries for these races:
(Remember: all of these are racewalking):
April 14, 2012: Martian Meteor 10K (Dearborn, MI): This was to be a training race for the Sudbury half in May. There were no separate walking divisions. 1:12:09. I actually came 41/86 in my AG group, which was mostly runners (!). 10K PR Blog entry
May 13, 2013: Sudbury Rocks! Half Marathon (Sudbury, ON): No separate results for walkers in the half. 2:38:31. Blog entry
June 23, 2013: Detroit River Days 5K (Detroit, MI): My first 5K ever! No separate walking division. 35:07. 4/17 in my AG group (including runners). Blog entry
July 14, 2013: Sunsplash 5K (Belle River, ON): 34:57:06. 1st in walking division! This was the first of the WRACE series that I did. Blog entry
September 3, 2013: John Smith 5K (Windsor, ON): Second WRACE event. 34:45. 2nd overall and first female walker. 5K PR
September 23, 2013: Run for Heroes 10K (Amherstburg, ON). Results were posted separately. 1:12:36. First female. Blog entry
October 20, 2013: Cincinnati Half Marathon (guess where?). 2:35:36. 4/75. 1st in AG group.Half Marathon PR Blog entry
October 28, 2013: Hallowe'en Hoot (Windsor,ON): Third WRACE event for me. Got to wear a cool costume! 35:32. 2nd overall; 1st female. Blog entry
I have never done this many races in a season before: the shape of things to come?