By Katie Cordova
OPW Staff Writer
2011 pictures and running reflections
2011 has been by far the best year of my life. I have struggled a lot in the past with pretty much everything and this was the year where things really started to pan out and settle down in the crazy department and really pick up in the awesome department.
It started of with my marriage. Me and my husband wed on January 7th, 2011 and took a week long cruise to Jamaica and Haiti. The wedding was incredible, the honey moon was incredible and the whole first year of our marriage, while it has had its ups and downs, has been absolutely incredible.
Defeated, and unable to walk, I took off of running until July 4th when I ran the Bexley 5k with most of my family members that were in town. As I usually do I took the summer off of running, except once or twice a week, and trained for our yearly Bike MS ride that me and my husband do. We completed 125 miles over 2 days on what is arguably the most beautiful weekend, weather wise, every single year. Its amazing really. (Note: the shirt I am wearing in this pic says "No Meat Athlete" provided by Matt Frazier of www.nomeatalthlete.com. I purchased this one from him, and he very kindly donated shirts to sell at our fundraiser. I am a vegetarian athlete)
Followed by our annual Bike the C-bus (a 30 mile tour around the city) the week after. We took Corbin along this year. He was the most popular guy out there.
After the Bike MS, I usually get back on a more serious running program. In the past I have always ran in the spring, biked in the summer, ran/biked in the fall, and did yoga all winter long. It has been a great way to keep in shape without getting burnt out in one activity, but 2012 I think will be different. I know I will run much much more then I have in 2011. Unfortunately I didn't keep track of my miles in one place, so I don't have them recorded anywhere. I wish I did. But I will definitely record them in 2012. I will continue to bike when it is nice out, going on cross training rides with my husband, and just biking around town like we really love to do. We are big bikers at heart, but I will run much much more.
I would like to say I will run X amount of marathons also, but with the horrible failure of my first one with an injury, I am taking it one marathon at a time. I am currently training for one on April 1st. If that one goes will then I will do another in May, and so on. I am very excited about the prospects of it all.
Another yearly tradition is the Army 10 miler. It is a race that holds 30,000 participants, and sells out in under 48 hours every year, and takes place along the streets of DC. Its an amazing run to participate in, and as a veteran it helps me remember my military roots. This year I ran it with my brother in law and sister in law, and my husband and my brother in laws wife joined us. It is an insanely busy weekend and the streets are PACKED. This is the pic is at the finish, holding the "finishing coin" (the army gives out coins for everything, not medals). The race started and ended at the pentagon, which is in the background.
I am not really able to afford race fees, or I would have done many more then I did. I hope one day that will change, because races are an amazing experience for a runner. Its like game day for a football player. All the training doesn't matter if you don't have anything to work toward. I hope to one day make my living off of running, getting paid to travel and run and write. It's my dream.
So I wasn't able to participate in the Columbus Marathon, like I would have liked, so I ran a half on my own that morning. It was the deadest I have ever seen the path on a Sunday morning. Ohio may suck in many ways, but we have very pretty fall days.