Its mid-December, which means that its time to start looking back and reflecting on the past year. It feels like every year that time flies by faster than it did the year prior, and in many ways I feel like I just wrote my 2016 Year of Running post. Just like in 2016, I ran fewer races than I did prior to having little man, but between devoting more time and energy to my family, as well as spending 18 weeks training for my first marathon, being pickier about which races I run is what’s best for my family and I currently. That does not mean that I haven’t been running though. In fact, I ran more miles in 2017 than I ever have before.
I’m excited to reflect on this past year of running, and to once again participate in Courtney’s Year of Running linkup.
My Running by the Numbers (as of December 13th):
Total Miles Run: 788.4 (So far 255.6 miles more than 2016, and the year isn’t over yet!)
4 Half Marathons
My Best Race Experience:
It should be of no surprise that my best race experience of 2017 was running my first marathon, the Chicago Marathon. Even though the race didn’t go as I had hoped due to the warm weather and indigestion that I experienced during the race, running the streets of Chicago was an absolutely unforgettable experience. I was honored to be able to run with Team Ronald McDonald House Charities, and to make running my first marathon an incredibly meaningful experience by not only running for charity but also running in memory of my friend Tammy.
My Best Run:
The Ringing in Hope 10k back in May was one of those races that I just felt incredibly strong from start to finish. Very shortly after crossing the start line I had the feeling that I would PR, and that’s exactly what I did. You couldn’t wipe the smile off of my face because of how proud I was of myself.
My Best New Piece of Running Gear:
I received my Camelbak Hydration Vest last Christmas from my father-in-law. I logged countless miles wearing it, both during training runs and at races.
The Best Running Advice I Received this Year:
“Slow is okay.” As my marathon training progressed during the hot and humid summer months, my pace started to slow down. At times it became a bit defeating to know that I do have the ability to run faster, but at the same time I was also increasing my mileage, which naturally means that the pace will slow down. I definitely cherished those summer days on the treadmill, or when the heat and humidity broke, and I was able to push my pace a bit more.
My Favorite Medal:
My Chicago Marathon medal symbolizes so much for me: hard work, determination, focus, and the ability to accomplish a goal.
My Favorite Picture from a Run or Race this Year:
I’m so happy that I remembered to stop and take a picture at the mile 26 marker in Chicago. After a tough race, I was so excited to begin my finish line celebration.
The Race Experience I Would Repeat in a Heartbeat:
Once again, the Chicago Marathon is the winner here. Shortly after crossing the finish line this year, I knew that I wanted to run the race again. In a way, I felt “called” to sign up again to run on behalf of Team Ronald McDonald House Charities. I’m excited to once again be a part of the team in 2018. And if you’d like to make one of your last tax-deductible donations for 2017, I’d greatly appreciate you donating to RMHC via my fundraising page.
If You Could Sum Up Your Year in a Couple of Words What Would They Be?
Pushing myself. This past year was all about pushing myself to run new distances and to reach new goals. I cannot wait to see what 2018 has in store for me!
QOTD: How was your year of running? Did you accomplish everything that you wanted to? What are your big goals for 2018?