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Fitness Friday || 2012 In Review

Running, Fitness, Highlights and Accomplishments of 2012

Another year coming to a close. My husband has referred to 2012 as the “Year of Jill”. As I look back, I realize maybe he is right. I accomplished more than I ever thought possible, pushed myself beyond what I thought were my limits and made changes in my life that were some of my best decisions ever.

My year in numbers…
45 – number of candles on my birthday cake
45 – number of candles on Chad’s birthday cake
5 – number of years I’ve lived in OH
19 – number of years Chad and I celebrated being married
21 – number of years since the day Chad and I met
16 – number of candles on my son’s birthday cake
14 – number of candles on my daughter’s birthday cake
5 – number of hours of sleep I get per night
11 – number of races Chad and I ran together
6 – number of year’s I’ve been running
12 – number of half marathons
6 – number of 5K’s
3 – number of 10k’s
1 – number of relays



2 – number of fun runs (Color Me Rad, Mudathlon)


5 – number of PRs (Little Miami Half Marathon, Run for Liberty 5K, Air Force Half Marathon, Thanksgiving Day 10K, Red Legs 10K)

5 – number of states I traveled to for a race
31 – the distance of my longest run
1065.50 – number of miles I have run so far in 2012
4 – number of running shoes I’ve bought/received in the past year
152:20:50 – approximate amount of time I spent running (Garmin Analytics)
70,000 – approximate number of calories I burned running (Garmin Analytics)
7348 – number of photos I took not including Instagram

Highlights of 2012

Best race experience(s) – After the year I’ve had there is no way I could pick just 1. So, I have 3!


  • Running a 2-person relay with Chad and running a total of 31 miles.
  • Running the Hat Trick at the Runner’s World Half and Festival.
  • Running half marathon #12 to accomplish my goal of running 12 in 2012.
Favorite new gear –  Newton Running shoes, Swiftwick compression socks and Argyle Running Skirts skirt.




New to Me 

strength training

Les Mills Pump


Transitioning to Natural Running (and loving it!)



Chad and I placed first in the relay!


I placed third in a half marathon (Heights Half Marathon)!



A plank PR!




And last but not least, one of my favorite memories of 2012 will always be meeting other blogger/runners in real life. 

2012 in a few words – Challenged myself and injury free!

How would you complete this sentence? 

2012 was the  year of _______________________!

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  1. Oh man, I would fall to pieces if I only got 5 hours of sleep every night! It really was the Year of Jill, wasn’t it? What a great accomplishment to do all those wonderful things *and* be injury-free to boot!

  2. WOW – what a year! Loved seeing everything played out in numbers. For me, 2012 was a year of fresh starts – went from personal training as a mobile, solo trainer after 3 years back to a gym setting, moved with my husband into our first real place after 5 years of marriage and ups and downs (in life and unexpected events, thankfully not our marriage!) and focused on work more than being transient and traveling! There were other fresh starts too…but all that to say it’s been a good year. Glad to see yours and cheers to 2013!

  3. You’ve had a great year, fitting to call it year of Jill! Hopefully we will run into one another again for a 2013 race!

  4. you’ve had a great 2012 and i’d say you’ll top it in 2013! so glad to meet you this year, hopefully we’ll see each other again this year!

      1. i haven’t yet but am planning on it. and hoping to do the three way too!!

  5. Fantastic year! I am hoping to work on my planks this year… I fell off the wagon a few months ago. 2012 was the year of prs for me, finally taking my training more seriously and adding regular speed work. I know that will plateau soon, but I’ll keep riding it as long as I can. 🙂

  6. 2012 was my year of reevaluating life, goals and my priorities 🙂 meaning 2013 will be my comeback year!

  7. What a great year…yes, it was the year of Jill!

    1. I’m almost embarrassed to say it but I agree, it was the year of Jill 🙂

  8. Wow! Look at those numbers! So impressive (especially the ’45 candles’…me too!). But how do you manage all of this on only 5 hours of sleep??

    I can’t answer your question yet; I’m still mid-reflection!

    All the best to you and your family in 2013, Jill!

    1. Thank you Tamara. My sleep pattern isn’t optimal but I just can’t seem to break it. Let me know, when you decide, how you would complete the sentence 🙂

      I’m looking forward to the having an opportunity to partner with you some time in 2013 🙂

  9. You certainly had a stellar year!!! And I bet even more good stuff to come in 2013. I have to say that the RW Half weekend was the biggest running highlight of mine this past year.

  10. Congratulations on a great year Jill, and staying injury free!
    Running is my answer to complete the sentence – I started running again this year and now I can’t stop!

  11. Wow Jill, you had an amazing year:) So awesome! I love that you and your husband run so many races together. My husband run races with me too and it really makes the experience special. You always look like you are having such an exciting time!

    1. Carrie you definitely found your strong. The progress you made with BBB is inspiring!

    1. Thanks Amanda. I ran the Mudathlon with my son and husband and had the best time! Who knew I would be ok with crawling around in a mud pit!?!

  12. I love your pics! Especially the mud one! You had one amazing year. Here is to another one in 2013 🙂

  13. You had such a fun filled year! 5 states! That’s great! And you met so many of my favorite bloggers! 🙂 2012 was the year of miles for me. I ran more than I ever have before!

    1. You had an awesome year! Now I need to go check and see how many miles you ran 🙂

  14. New things! I started running this year and ran a half-marathon!
    Also, where in Ohio are you living? I live here, too!

      1. I live near Cleveland! Was totally going to do flying pig since my aunt lives in cinci but it’s the same day as my wedding 🙂

  15. What an amazing year!!! I can’t wait to see what 2013 will bring for you!!!

  16. 2012 was the year of running adventures! Looking forward to many more – including the Flying Pig. Just registered 😉 Maybe you’ll be there?

    1. Yes! I will be at the Pig. So many have mentioned being there I’m hoping we can plan a meet up 🙂 What distance are you running? The Three-Way?

      1. Half marathon. Let me know if there’s a meet up and I’ll try to make it!

  17. For me 2012 was the year of change! Looks like you had a great year! Congrats!

    1. Hi Keirston. Love self-discovery! That is how I would have completed the sentence in 2011 🙂

  18. What an awesome year lady, you’re inspiring!

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