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2012 in Review

Here we are with another year coming to an end. For me, both on a personal level and in terms of running, it was a roller coaster year. The year got off to a negative start for me and ended on a good note.

As mentioned the year started off on a negative note. My year started off with the unexpected passing of my father in January. Fortunately i was able to use running to help get me through this difficult period. Not only did running provide me with a distraction from what was going on running also provided me with the time I needed to gather my thoughts and piece together the two eulogies I never expected to have to deliver this year.

In terms of running results this year, I managed to set personal bests in the half-marathon and marathon. In a tune-up race for the Ottawa Marathon I managed to break 1:30 in the half-marathon. In the Ottawa Marathon I set another personal best by breaking 3:20 with a 3:17 in the Ottawa Marathon.

I made an effort to set another personal best in the marathon in October. Unfortunately, a sprained ankle suffered while playing soccer four weeks before the marathon put an end to an end to any hope of setting a personal best. Fortunately I was able to recover in time to the marathon and I was able to run a 3:30 four weeks after injuring my ankle. My recovery from the injury was enough to give me more confidence as I head into 2013.

Finally, my year ended on the most positive of notes with the birth of my second daughter in November. I can’t think of a better way to end a year. I am already looking forward to when my second daughter is old enough to ride in the Chariot and experience some of the adventures I have shared with my older daughter.

Thanks for reading in 2012. I hope you have a great 2013!