Can’t believe I haven’t blogged in nearly six months, whoa! The long and short of it, I’ve been into training heavily (mostly running) and have run several races and gotten more PR’s (personal records) in the last six months than I have since I started running in 2011. I now run about five days a week, up to 25-30 miles a week (a large week for me).

I ran the Lady SpeedStick Women’s Half-Marathon in November (2:24:42 PR), did my first sub-30 minute 5K (Turkey Trot, 29:18), ran the Hot Chocolate 15K (1:39:59), and ran the Athleta IronGirl 10 mile (1:40:08). With a LOT of hard work and training, I’m finally not last in my age group or one of the slowest runners on the course. It feels SO good to see improvement.

Chuck’s knee is getting better week by week. He finished his last PT session last Thursday, so he’s on his own now, following the Hal Higdon Half-Marathon training plan and working through the lingering soreness in the knee that happens after running distances over 8 or 9 miles.

We haven’t flown our balloon yet this season — between his recovering knee injury and our work/race schedule, we haven’t had much time. Hopefully we will fly more in 2013 than we did in 2012!

Next year is The Year of the Mouse. Mickey Mouse, that is. We’re doing the Coast to Coast half-marathons starting with the Walt Disney World Half-Marathon in January and finishing with the Disneyland Half-Marathon in September. When we finish the Disneyland half, we’ll also receive a huge coast-to-coast medal — we’ve been looking forward to it for almost a year now!

Planning on LOTS of trail running races next year, and I’d like to do an Olympic distance triathlon along with maybe a half-Iron distance tri, if I have the time. Been doing a lot of running, though, and not enough cycling.

Hope your plans for next year are lofty and fantastic — have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!