Happy Wednesday! Can you believe that it’s the last Wednesday in 2017? Unbelievable! While 2017 wasn’t a great year of running for me, I love doing yearly recaps to see all that was accomplished this year.
Best Race Experience
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Brooklyn 5 Mile race was just what I needed after a very disappointing experience at the Chicago Marathon the previous week. Not only did U enjoy the race, but I was able to cheer on my friends. My friend Shirley was running her first half marathon and it was nice to be able to support her. I was also able to cheer on Janelle and hang out with her after the race.
My one and only 20 mile training run for the Chicago Marathon. I only had 18 on the schedule that day but my legs actually felt really good so I extended it to 20 miles. How often does that happen?! It was a great run and I was happy to have a smile on my face after 20 miles!
Best New Piece of Running Gear
I really love my Orange Mud HydraQuiver Single Barrel that I got in October. While I only technically used it once before the marathon (I know, rookie mistake), it ended up working great! I always carry my own water and fuel for half marathons, marathons and long training runs – but I don’t always want to wear a belt or hold something in my hand. This product really works for me because it’s not heavy or bulky and it’s easy to get my hydration while running.
Also while technically it’s not gear, I tried a bunch of different fuel options this year and my favorite by far was Tailwind. No gut issues and it tastes great too!
Best Running Advice I Received This Year
“It’s OK”. I heard these words over and over again after my bad race experience in Chicago. I was REALLY hard on myself and even considered giving up distance running. I just kept thinking, “Is it even worth it?” Not hitting my time goal in Chicago really crushed me, but I spoke to so many of you that knew exactly how I felt. It was nice to get advice from all of you because it was just so positive. The one theme throughout all the advice was “It’s OK”..
“It’s OK” that you didn’t hit your time goal, you’ll get it next time.
“It’s OK”, we’ve all had a bad race.
“It’s OK” if you want to take some time off, do what’s best for you.
Again, thank you all for the advice and for giving me the courage to try again and run a marathon this spring!
Most Inspirational Runner
F*ck Yeah it’s Shalane Flanagan! This was a super easy choice this year. When I think of a badass runner, I automatically think of her. To be the first American woman to win the NYC Marathon in 40 years is just beyond amazing. I really want to get a shirt with “F*ck Yeah” written on it!
Favorite Picture From a Run This Year
I actually have 3 from this year. I’m always happy when I can find race photos where I’m actually smiling!
Race Experience I Would Repeat in a Heartbeat
The Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia 5K is always a great race. The course is a pretty simple out and back but for some reason I always have fun on that course. I can’t really explain it since it’s not necessarily scenic or exciting, but I always smile from start to finish and I can’t wait to go back for my third straight year in 2018!
Sum Up Your Year in a Few Words
Unexpected. This year of running did not go nearly as well as I thought it would. I didn’t get my marathon PR and a lot of my race experiences weren’t that great due to the horrible heat and humidity from this summer/early Fall. It was definitely disappointing, but I’m ready to bounce back and have more fun running and racing experiences in 2018!
…and here is my year in running by the numbers
913 Total Miles (including runs I will do this week)
15 Races – 1 Marathon, 4 Half Marathons, 7 5Ks, 2 10Ks and 1 5 mile race
Ran races in 4 States – Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania and Illinois, and 1 new country – Canada
Infinite smiles and laughs along the way!
That’s it! I hope you enjoyed my 2017 Year of Running recap. Here’s to more great miles, memories and races in 2018.
I’m linking up with Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC for her annual Year of Running linkup.