Happy Tuesday and Happy New Year’s Eve! Welcome to the last Tuesday Topics post of 2019. Thank you for helping to make this link-up one of the highlights of my year 🙂
It’s hard to condense a year of running into one post, but I’ll try! Here are some of the monthly highlights from 2019!
January was pretty uneventful. I kicked off the year with my personal New Year’s 5K and then I took a Peloton cycle class.
I completed the Peloton Winter Launch Challenge and hit the 50 ride cycle milestone.
On the blogging front, the Tuesday Topics link up was born!
Miles Run: 60.6
February is usually a slow month since it’s usually when we get the most snow and ice outside. This month was all about indoor workouts on the treadmill and Peloton bike, in addition to some at home strength workouts as well.
Miles Run: 50
March is usually when my allergies start, and this year was no exception. It’s brutal dealing with the start of allergies while still continuing to run, but I was training for a half marathon so I pushed through. I also ran my first official race of the season, the Shamrock Stroll 5K.
Miles Run: 56.8
April is my birthday month and I kicked off my birthday in style with a run, as usual.
I ran the Hot Chocolate 15K in Philly. The race felt harder than I expected but I was rewarded with an awesome medal and zip up sweatshirt for finishing the race!
At the end of April I completed my first half marathon of the year, and also ran in my 12th state. The Delaware Running Festival Half Marathon was a great race and I also go to spend some time with Tuesday Topics co-host, Zenaida!
Miles Run: 56.3
On Instagram, I stated my Women Crush Wednesday (#WCW) weekly posts to highlight different women that I love following on Instagram. Of course my fellow #kimtwin was my first post 🙂
I ran my second half marathon of the year, Boston’s Run to Remember. This was my 13th state, 40th overall half marathon and as a bonus, I got to see Michelle!
I also completed my 100th Peloton cycle ride!
Miles Run: 62.4
Started off the month by running the Hope in Motion 5K. This is a special race and I’ve done the 5K and 10K numerous times as the race raises money for the cancer wing at our local hospital.
The OrangeTheory Fitness studio finally opened up and I took my first class! Little did I know this studio would be such a huge part of my fitness journey moving forward.
I also traveled to Washington, DC, Toronto and Nashville for work – it was a busy travel month!
Miles Run: 66.8
I kicked off training for the Chicago Marathon in July.
Through BibRave, I received the opportunity to try Science in Sport (SiS) gels and I absolutely loved them. I ended up using them all throughout my training and during the marathon.
I also completed the City Challenge Obstacle Course Race. My body was wrecked for days after this race so that’s probably the last time I’ll do an obstacle course type race. However, I did get this really cool photo.
Miles Run: 91.5
Marathon training was in high gear this month, as evidence by my monthly mileage (the highest of the year). I completed my first 20 mile run and it was actually good!
I had a lot of fun at OTF this month with some themed workouts and a bunch of signature workouts as well – Team Everest, 500m Benchmark Row and an Inferno Workout.
Miles Run: 135.1
Time for another half marathon! This time it was the Surftown Half Marathon in Rhode Island. This was state #14 and I got to meet Darlene! I used this race as a raining run and it went very well.
Completed my last 20 mile run of training and 100 Peloton strength workouts.
I also completed my first OTF DriTri. The goal was to complete it in less than an hour, and I did!
Miles Run: 125.1
October was a super busy month!
We participated in a special Breast Cancer Awareness OTF class to raise funds for charity.
I used the SoNo 5K (added some pre-race miles) as my last long run before the Chicago Marathon.
I completed the International Chicago 5K and the Chicago Marathon, my 2nd Chicago and 4th marathon overall. I didn’t exactly “kill it”, BUT I had a much better experience than my 2017 race, and received a 50 minute course PR.
I didn’t have too much time to recover as OTF Hell Week started toward the end of the month.
Miles Run: 75.1
The first weekend in November is always the NYC Marathon and I love all the energy in the city every year. I volunteered at the Expo and participated in the Dash to the Finish Line 5K.
I completed my last half marathon of the year, the Charlotte Half Marathon, which was state #15 for me. Charlotte is such a fun city but that race course was super hilly!
To celebrate Thanksgiving, I wore my turkey costume to an OTF class the day before Thanksgiving. On Thanksgiving I participated in a local Turkey Trot 5K and then continued my “burn” at OTF for a special Thanksgiving Day workout!
Miles Run: 61.6
December started the 12 Days of Fitness at OTF. I was more than happy to participate and wear holiday themed shirts for every workout. Later in the month my mom and I also rocked showed our Christmas spirit for a special 90 minute Christmas Eve class.
I also traveled back to Toronto for work, but this time I decided to stay the weekend so that I could explore the city. It was a blast!
Miles Run: 52
Total Miles for the Year: 893.3
I consider myself blessed to continue to work with so many amazing brands. I continued in my ambassador roles for Pro Compression and FitApproach. I also joined the BibRave familia’s as a BibRave Pro earlier in the year.
2019 was a heck of a year! What were the highlights of your year?
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