Happy Tuesday! Just one more week until Christmas – say what? Since December is winding down, I thought it would be a good time to summarize my year of running. Let’s jump right into it!
I had a pretty high mileage month clocking 123 miles. There were also so, so many cold weather runs since this was my first full month of marathon training for the Shamrock Marathon.
I completed the Supermans, Squats and Twists Challenge, which was not easy to do while marathon training, lol. I also had another high mileage month at 139.5 miles. For Lent this year I decided to give up chips, which was a good decision to curb all my snacking. Also I ultimately decided not to run the NYC Marathon in the Fall (from my deferred entry). Most importantly, I was stoked for the Winter Olympics!
This was the month I ran my 3rd marathon and actually had a pretty decent race, despite not getting a PR (I also ran the 8K race the day before). This was state #8 for me (Virginia). The month was pretty busy – I completed the Total Body Challenge, ran 90.4 miles, began my Be The Match journey and purchased my car off lease (a huge expense I wasn’t expecting, but worth it NOT to have a monthly car payment). I also went right into another training cycle for the Cleveland 8K and Half Marathon.
My birthday and Easter fell on the same day! In April I completed the Tricep Dips, Push-Ups and Jump Squats Challenge. I also started my Invisalign journey which will hopefully be over in a few months (I’m in the homestretch)! Sadly, the Tunes Tuesday link up ended in April. Unfortunately the link up just didn’t get the type of participation that we had hoped. Most importantly, watching the Boston Marathon in April was quite the experience. I don’t think anyone will ever forget those crazy weather conditions!
I ran the Cleveland 8K and Half Marathon, which was state #9 for me (Ohio) and met Rachel in person! I also got serious about dropping some pounds and joined WW (formerly Weight Watchers).
This was a crazy month! With Cleveland behind me, I really wasn’t training for anything so I was pretty much in maintenance mode. I also traveled to New Orleans for a work conference and fell in love with the city. At the end of the month I completed my Be The Match journey and donated my bone marrow to a cancer patient.
I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago 5K and 10K and got to meet SO many blogger friends in person for the first time. I can’t put into words how much fun I had that weekend and I miss everyone!
Nothing really to report in August. Because it’s usually so hot I don’t plan any races for August, but I did get in a lot of training runs for Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia. I also took off work the last week in August for a staycation.
I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll Philadelphia 5K, 10K and Half Marathon. My body was hurting after all those races! After Philly I went right into training for all of my Fall races.
In October I ran the SoNo Half Marathon and it was one of my worst races ever. I was VERY close to a DNF but pressed on. Also one of my races was cancelled due to weather, which was basically a cop out because the race organization had been crap from the get-go. But it was probably a blessing in disguise because the race may have been super unorganized. I also started to register for 2019 races.
Unfortunately this is the month where I started dealing with a few running injuries, specifically my hip and ITB. I volunteered at the NYCM Expo handing out bibs and it was so much fun! I ran the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5K the day before the marathon – it’s always such a fun race! I also completed my first StepBet game which was a really fun way to make sure I stayed active and hit my goals. As I always do for November, I ran a Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning 🙂
This month has been busy and it’s not even Christmas yet! I ran the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio 5K and Half Marathon which was state #10 (Texas) for me. The following weekend I ran the Kiawah Island Half Marathon, state #11 (South Carolina) and got to spend the weekend with my friend Abby that lives in Charleston. Last week I found out that I got into the 2019 Chicago Marathon which I’m actually thrilled about!
This year I was also lucky enough to be an ambassador for the Shamrock Marathon and Cleveland Marathon, Pro Compression, Rock n Blog and FitApproach. Through FitApproach I was selected for a year long campaign with Great Lakes Gelatin. I love their products so it’s been a nice campaign so far.
2018 was a heck of a year! What were the highlights of your year?