Meeting running friends in real life

As the end of the year approaches, I revisited my goals for 2011. How did I do?

Run another race longer than 6.2 miles. 
Done x4!

9/11/11: Fort2Base 10 Nautical Mile (11.5mi)
Join a running club/group.
Done and done!
Fort2Base

Run over 400 miles total.
Done – I’ve done over 670 so far. I know that isn’t a lot, but I’ve only done up to half marathons at this point, and I had a few slow months at the beginning of the year.

Do at least 12 races.
Fail. I realized this a few weeks ago. I figure 11 is pretty great, especially considering I didn’t race for pretty much the first third of the year, so I’m not going to rush out and try to race this weekend just to make sure I hit this goal. 
  1. 4/30/11: Strive 5K, 28:15, 9:06 pace
  2. 5/28/11: Soldier Field 10 Mile,1:48:42, 10:52 pace
  3. 6/5/11: Commit to Be Fit 5K, 26:20, 8:30 pace
  4. 8/14/11: Rock ‘n Roll Chicago Half Marathon, 2:34:16, 11:47 pace 
  5. 9/11/11: Fort2Base 10 Nautical Mile (11.5mi), 1:58:44, 10:20 pace
  6. 10/1/11: Applefest Half Marathon, 2:22:38, 10:53 pace 
  7. 10/22/11: Monster Dash 5K (Haunted Obstacle course), 39:10, 12:38 pace
  8. 11/5/11: Palos Park Rec Dept Turkey Trot 5K, 25:59, 8:23 pace
  9. 11/24/11: Running For Kicks 4 Mile Turkey Trot, 33:00, 8:15 pace
  10. 12/3/11: Reindeer Run 5K, 22:43, 7:52 pace (Race orgs admitted course was short)
  11. 12/31/11: Dash in the New Year 5K
Do something fun and unique that is also exercise.
Done! Took a burlesque class at my sister-in-law’s studio, as well as dropped in for some of their workshops, including hula hooping and tribal belly dance, and lead the monthly Dance Dance Party Party. (And yet I haven’t blogged about any of that! What?)
Maine
Maine. The sea was angry that day. 

Take a vacation, even if it’s just a long weekend somewhere in the Midwest.
Done, done and done! The last one wasn’t even in the Midwest!

I also hit some of my 30 Before 30 goals:

BUT YOU KNOW WHAT ELSE?
All this running and trying to eat healthier is paying off. Per the stats I get at my company’s annual health fair:
October 2010:
Weight: 165
BMI: 25.8
Body Fat: 28%
October 2011: 
Weight: 151
BMI: 24.1
Body Fat: 25%

So not only did I not gain back those 10 pounds, but I lost another 15. (My weight peaked around 170 in February … that’s what really lit a fire under my ass. I weighed myself at the gym recently and was at 145.)

Stay tuned for my 2012 goals! And I’ll probably do a 2011-in-photos post.

How did you do? Did you set goals for 2011, and if so, did you reach them?