This morning, I listened the latest podcast from Angie and Trevor with the Marathon Training Academy
(a great podcast if you’re interested,) in which the husband/wife team recapped their races for 2016
and it inspired me to take a look back at my own running year. Initially, I didn’t really think I
accomplished too much with my running this year, I didn’t PR after all and that is so often to only
goal that so many of us focus on. But when I really started to think about it, I realized that this
has been an amazing year for me running-wise. Here are some of the highlights:
- Ran 7 marathons – my most ever in a single year
- Ran my first B2B (back-to-back) marathons with the Raccoon Mountain and Atlanta marathons
- PRed in the half marathon distance
- Stuck with twice weekly strength training via Boot Camp classes for the entire year
- Completed the ‘Run The year Challenge,” by running more than 2016 – and with more time to spare than
when I completed the same challenge in 2015.
- Began the Amerithon Challenge to run, walk, and bike across the U.S. – virtually by July 4, 2017
- Started physical therapy to tackle a hip issue that has been nagging me for months (more like years,)
Not a bad year, right?
I learned a lot about myself and my running this year. I learned that I can really dig deep when I
need to (Flying Pig,) that I can stay cool under pressure (Buffalo and Philadelphia) that I am
grateful for running friends who push me when I need to be pushed (Atlanta,) that I can handle
disappointment (Wineglass,) and that I should never – EVER – sign up for B2B marathons after three
glasses of wine (Raccoon Mtn/Atlanta!)
I am looking forward to 2017 and have lots of good stuff coming up on my race calendar, starting with
a 5-miler on New Year’s Day. Looking forward to it!