Well it’s that time of the year again! Time to look back at my year, and ahead to the next. Gotta say, 2017 wasn’t my year for achieving goals. I feel like it was more about taking a humbling step back. 2014 & 2015 were the top of my game, 2016 started the slip down, and 2017 was some of the worst running I’ve had lately. “Worst” because I’ve been in a a recovery mode for quite some time and unable to reach the goals that I’d like to.
I ran 1,155 miles in 2017. I almost stopped at a weird number, but I decided to hit the treadmill for 2.6 miles on 12/31 just to get to something even. My brave friends are still out there getting the miles done in “feels like -6” weather outside, but not me – hey, that’s why I own a treadmill!
I’m surprised that I ran that many actually. I didn’t have any mileage goal for the year, and I’m definitely getting to the point where I think quality miles are more important than quantity of miles.
2017 wasn’t all bad though. I did get to run my first marathon relay with my family, and a good friend! Our experience at the Glass City Marathon was a fun one for all of us, and we are planning on doing it again. It sure brought me great joy seeing my kids compete, and enjoy the race. I didn’t do as well at the half as I was hoping to, but eh, that was my year.
Remember when I was interviewed by Matt Fitzgerald (author of “How bad do you want it?”) at the Glass City Marathon? That was very exciting!
In June I ran the Mohican Trail marathon with Alan. It was freaking hot day, which made the hilly course even tougher, but I really did have fun and enjoyed it. It was a fun day with crazy trail running friends! It was my 12th marathon too!
I got to represent Run Toledo at several of their races. Again, a great group of like minded running friends!
I completed my 8th consecutive year running in Columbus – this year was the half marathon, which brings my half marathon total to 18!
I was a coach for the Dave’s Running 5K training group. I ran in all sorts of weather, in the evenings! – which is a first for me! (I’m such a treadmill lover!)
I got 1st in my age group at two 5K’s this year. Always a good moral boost!
As a family we traveled to many great places, like Colorado, Boston, Michigan, Kentucky and Mexico.
What’s on tap for 2018? To be honest, I have a few goals but they seem a bit in conflict. I want to run a 50 miler, and I also want to finally rid myself of hamstring pain! Can I get totally injury free if I don’t stop running? If I stop running, when will I be able to train for the 50 miler? That’s the big question at this point. Seems like the weeks I have taken off in the past hasn’t fixed the hamstrings, but who knows. I’m still working with my physical therapist, Alisha, who has been a great resource so far. Hopefully my (our) efforts will pay off. Because… enough already.
Other things I’d like to do:
- Keep my home office desk organized! (it has been such a messy eyesore!)
- Improve weekly meal planning (eliminate multiple trips to the grocery store!)
- Establish a strength training routine (my home gym is pretty much fully equipped!)
- Practice patience and understanding (this is so needed in any house with a teenage daughter!! drama!!)
Q: Do you have any resolutions or goals for 2018?
Q: Did you have a mileage goal for 2017, and did you reach it?
Q: Describe your 2017 year in one word!
Mine – “challenging”.