Wow. Can you believe it's the start of the new year? 2016 was a tumultuous year for many of us. You probably know how my year ended. I'm looking forward to the fresh start that the new year promises.
But it wouldn't be the new year without the yearly rewind! Because this is a running blog, I'm going to rewind my year in running! I've already recapped my year in bling. Today's post is all about the numbers. I'm also going to review the goals I set a year ago at this time. On Wednesday, I'll share my goals for 2017.
I was fairly surprised when I added up my miles for the year! So close to my yearly goal of hitting 1000 miles! That made me super happy. How did I do with the rest of my goals?
Last year, I set 5 goals.
Slow down and enjoy the ride: Well.....this one kind of ties in with the goal to stay injury free. Let's just say I didn't intentionally slow down. That's because I didn't stay injury free. I struggled all year with plantar fasciitis. You may recall my Big Sur Marathon training that involved very little running and a whole lot of cross training. I ran the Sarasota Half Marathon with that PF and paid for it with a lot of pain afterward. I took it easy over the summer, but ran those 2 speedy 10ks, even though I wasn't in speedy 10k shape. I still do like to run fast. Towards the end of the year, my PF went away. So did my endurance. It was really troubling to me--no matter how slow I ran, I just ran out of gas on my long distance runs. This was something new for me, and I couldn't figure it out. I started to wonder if something was wrong with me. As it turns out, there was. When I was diagnosed in December with rheumatoid arthritis, all those question marks were erased.
Practice mindfulness: I did a lot more yoga this year and I attempted a few rounds of Deepak and Oprah's 21-day meditation. The meditation was hard for me. I did it right before bedtime, and I often fell asleep before the meditation ended when, as Deepak says, "it's time to release the mantra". I think I released the mantra way too soon. I wonder if meditation is too meditative for me. I really think I have ADHD, and I need to be moving all the time. I will continue to work on mindfulness for 2017.
Meet up with running/blogging friends: Oh yes, I did! I came away from this year feeling blessed and grateful for all the wonderful runners I have met through my blog. Runners, we get each other, right?
|Clockwise from large photo: PCB ladies weekend with Tricia, Darlene, Marcia, Judy, Holly, Karen, Me, and MaryBeth;|
Kristina and me pre-Big Sur with some beach yoga;
Sam and me meeting for lunch and a trip to mecca;
Me, Alicia (a reader), and Sara at the Stampede 10k, AG awards to all;
Meb, Holly, Sherry, Marcia, Sharon, and me pre-Chicago Marathon;
Me and Meb;
Holly and me,
Me, Marcia, and Erica spectating Chicago in the Bloggers press box!
Speaking of spam, earlier this month, I received a comment from a troll who took me to task about a post I wrote on irresponsible dog owners. Among the many gems he shared was this comment: "you wouldn't know the difference between raccoon sh*t and dog sh*t" and my personal favorite: "you aren't anything more than a middle-aged privileged runner". He (I assume it was a man but I could be wrong) also called me this mystery word: C*!t. It took me a while to crack the code, but suddenly the lightbulb went off and I said oh! he called me the C word! Clearly, his code was a very clever attempt to fool the spam patrol at Google and it worked! Dude's got skillz!
|The truth hurts...|
Year of Destination Races: Well, yes, all of my 3 races (excepting those 2 10ks) were destination races. It was a lot of fun traveling and running these races. I had big plans for this year, but life had other ideas. Will I do attempt to do more destination races again? What do you think?
In spite of my health issues, I really enjoyed my year of running. Overall, I accomplished what I set out to do which was to run that Sarasota Half Marathon that I had to defer from the year before and run the Big Sur Marathon, which was my dream race. I also got to run Panama City Beach and meet my blogger friends, which was a #holottafun! Sure, I would have loved to run more races. I hoped to run RNR St Louis with Marcia. I really wanted another fall half. It's funny how things work out. To me, it feels as if my races were even more meaningful because of the challenges I overcame to run them. I also learned how much fun it is to spectate a marathon, especially a marathon that you've run multiple times and one where you know a lot of folks running.
So what's ahead for 2017? That's the subject for my next blog post. There are a lot of unknowns ahead for me. But the one thing I know for certain is how much I love this community. You guys make me want to keep running. It's amazing how we can meet for the first time and it's like we've known each other our whole lives. Running is an amazing sport. I feel so blessed to have all of you in my life. Thanks for all the love and support.
How was your year? What was a highlight for you? Anything you'd do differently?
I'm linking up with Holly and Tricia for the Weekly Wrap! And with Angela and Ilka for the Sunday Fitness and Food Linkup!