According to my friend Nancy, she designated this year, HOIFY as in Hilary’s Official Injury-Free Year. Yes this is the plan for 2011, along with a lot of short fast races, rather than the endless marathon training.
I started the year 1/1/11 at 11:11am with the Sergeant Preston, Yukon King 6 Mile / 5K Memorial Run at the Muskegon Michigan Winter Sports Complex. The complex is home to only 4 professional luge runs in the US, though I cannot find the source I read that from. Unfortunately it was too warm to luge the day we went.
The race was awesome. My first since February 28, 2010. I spend the most of 2010 off, so when I ran a decent 5k without any training beyond jogging 3 miles to work and home 3-4 days a week and a 8-10 miler on the weekend I was pretty darn happy. In other words generic aerobic running between 15-25 miles a week for the past three months only. My 5k time was 22:30, 7:14 pace. It was good enough to earn first in my age group and third woman overall. Now all you NY’ers may be thinking, yea but what competition can there possibly be in Michigan? Well, there are a lot of cross country runners here, high school and college. In fact the kid who won is in high school. He ran a 16:49 and the winning girl age 16, ran a 20:39, second place was a 44 year old women with 21:59, and I was 31 seconds behind her. So maybe not stellar times, but not bad either.
For me it was a great way to start the year. I have another 353 days to improve that time. Plus I spend the week with my family, something I have not done in perhaps over 10 years. I rarely come back to Michigan and you can see how happy my parents were to see me. I have to admit it was fun.