2015 has been an absolutely incredible, and life changing year. I accomplished so much when it came to my running, and even though I usually wait until later in the month to start sharing my end of year posts, given that I haven’t run since Halloween I figured now was as good of a time as any to start these posts!
My Running By the Numbers:
- Total Miles Run: 504.6 miles (320.3 miles while pregnant!)
- 3 Half Marathons
- 1 Ten Miler
- 3 10ks
- 1 8k
- 5 5ks
My Best Race Experience:
Running the Shamrock Half Marathon back in March was an absolutely incredible experience. After months of hard work, focus, and dedication, I was able to PR by almost 11 minutes, even after facing the set back of a major car accident less than two months prior to race day. Shamrock was by no means an easy race, but it felt great to push through mental and physical barriers that I had during the race and still reach my goal.
Not only did I PR at Shamrock, but Preston and my friend Kathleen who flew out from Illinois for the race also PRed. It was great that all three of us could celebrate our PRs together, and ring the PR bell on the beach post race.
Part of what also made Shamrock an incredible race experience was that the entire race weekend was very runner centered. I don’t think I’ve run another race where the race organizers truly have the runners best interests in mind. And the post race celebration in the party tent on the beach didn’t hurt either. Shamrock is definitely a race I’ll be returning to in the future.
My Most Scenic Race:
This is a tie between my other two half marathons: Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach in September and Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly in October. Given how much I love the beach, I loved running Virginia Beach, especially finishing the race on the boardwalk and running almost a mile alongside the ocean. But I also loved running the streets of Philly and running in a new to me city. I especially enjoyed running/walking alongside the Schuylkill River.
My Worst Race Experience:
I hate to focus on the negative, but if I had to choose one race that just wasn’t my race this year it was the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run in April. My poor race experience had nothing to do with the shortened course (it was cut short due to a a pedestrian who was hit by a car prior to the start of the race), but instead had to do with the poor race organization that I’ve experienced for the past two years. While the race registration fee was low, I just wish the race organizers would care just as much about middle to back of the pack runners as they do about the front of the pack runners.
My Favorite Medal:
My favorite of the medals that I earned this year is my Rock ‘n’ Roll Philly medal, not because of its beauty but instead because of what it represents. How many people can say that they’ve run/walked a half marathon at 32 weeks pregnant?
Best Piece of Running Advice I Received:
The best piece of advice, both as it pertained to my running and my pregnancy journey overall, was to listen to my body. I think one of the biggest reasons why I was able to continue running until I was 32 weeks pregnant was because of listening to my body and making necessary adjustments, including slowing my pace down and increasing the frequency of my walk breaks.
If You Could Sum Up Your Year in a Couple of Words, What Would They Be:
Constantly proving to myself that I could do it. It wasn’t that I ever doubted my ability to run or continue working out, but I continued to amaze myself at just how long I was able to run while pregnant. The fact that at 38 weeks pregnant I’m still working out also amazes me. Sure, I’ve slowed down significantly over the past couple of months, but the fact that I continued running and today am still moving is an incredible accomplishment.
Overall, 2015 was a great year when it came to my running. I went through an incredible number of changes this year, which back in January I couldn’t have predicted whatsoever. I know that 2016 will be another year of great change, as I adjust to life as a new mother and reteach my body how to run again. I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store for me!
QOTD: How was your year of running? Did you accomplish everything that you wanted to? What did you learn this year?