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Dec 30, 2012

2012 year in review

Well it was a very exciting year on the home front for Detroit Runner.  As you may or may not know, I don't set yearly goals so I have nothing to compare this although I do have a 2012 vs 2011 post written that I'll likely share tomorrow.

Here are the highlights of things I did in 2012 --

I ran 15 races during the year including 2-5k's, 3-10k's, 1-10 miler, 7 half marathons and 2 marathons.  The most I've even ran in a year.  You can read all the race reviews HERE.

I received a medal in every race ran this year!  You can go HERE to see them all.

Ran my first trail half marathon - actually my first trail race ever - It. Was. Hard.  I got to meet Marshall Ulrich there.
Me and Marshall Ulrich at the North Country Half Marathon
Ran 2 marathons; The Flying Pig in Cincinnati and Grand Rapids Marathon - Flying Pig was the hardest marathon of the four I've run.
Flying Pig expo
Grand Rapids Marathon
Ran ZERO miles on the treadmill.
I logged every single mile outside
I PR'd in the Marathon only this year but by a huge margin - 20 minutes! 3:38:45 at Grand Rapids
Celebrating after the GR marathon
I logged 1,639 miles.

Won an AG award in two races - St. Mary's Mercy 5k in September and Jingle Bell run 5k in December.
Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis 5k
St. Mary Mercy 5k
This is the first year I've ever run a race in December.
Jingle Bell 5k
I completed 39 gear reviews on running merchandise - you can read about them HERE.

I ran two races outside of Michigan -- Glass City Half marathon and Flying Pig Marathon - both are fantastic races.
Glass City Half Marathon
Flying Pig Marathon
I ran 3 races with the Renewal by Andersen Team.
Ann Arbor Half Marathon
Brooksie Way Half Marathon
Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis 5k
This is the first time I've ran two half marathons within 6 days of each other; Brooksie Way Half marathon and Brückeläufe Half marathon.
Brooksie Way Half Marathon
Brückeläufe Half marathon
And last but not least, I was the official Blogger for the Kona Running Company, blogging about each of their races.

Allen Whitehead, Race Director
Sham Rock N Roll 2012
Solstice Run(nka Kona Run) 10 mile
Alan Whitehead with Hanson's elite runners Clint Verran & Luke Humphrey
Photo used with permission of Carter Sherline/Frog Prince Studios 
Wicked Halloween Run
Alan Whitehead with Morgan Whitehead

I hope your year in running was as good as mine and i look forward to a successful 2013.

Have a great day and....Keep Running!!!!


  1. The treadmill isn't plugged in, that's why you have zero miles on it!

  2. Totally awesome year!! Congrats on a a great one. Zero miles on the treadmill! That's pretty amazing!

  3. Congrats on a great year and I wish you the best for 2013!

  4. Wow! What an awesome year, Jeff! I cannot believe how many miles you ran. That's absolutely amazing! Great pictures too. You are truly an inspiration and your blog is one of my favorites. Happy New Year!

  5. Congrats on a great year Jeff! I love that you managed to never log a mile on the treadmill :)

  6. So, the two that stuck out for me were the huge 20 minute PR, and the "no treadmill" miles. Wow.

  7. The $1 per mile has been super motivating and now it is helping me go on our super exciting trip in June! I can't wait to do it again this year. Also, I love that you didn't run on the treadmill at all. I am REALLY thinking about canceling my gym membership because I hardly EVER go.

  8. You had an awesome year Jeff! Looking forward to following you on another great year in 2013!!

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