Sometimes it’s hard to look back on the year and see all the things you’ve done (or missed out on). Running for me has always been something fun to do, a stress reliever, time to myself, an opportunity to be a better mom/wife and also to take care of my physical and mental health. This year sure gave me a challenge with my running.
For the last few year’s I’ve been doing the “Year of Running” wrap up hosted by Courtney at “Eat Pray Run DC”. Therefore, I’m doing it again!
Best (and worst) of 2017
Best Race Experience: Pacing the 10k at Valley Harvest Marathon with White Rabbit Pacing was my best race experience. I ran with two Garmin’s this time pacing just to make sure I was on pace. It’s such a fun local run and so rewarding when you bring runners to the finish line on time!
Best run: Running Cape Split with my husband in September. We don’t get to run together often but when we do it’s awesome. I love that he loves to run (and cycle etc.) but when you can go for 1-2 hour run with your husband it just makes it that much better. Best run hands down of the year.
Best new piece of running gear: My new Garmin Forerunner 230! This was a mother’s day present from my girls and husband. Love it! Well, and my Tiux compression socks – man they were a life saver for me!!
Best running advice you’ve received this year: There were many nights when I wanted to run but was just exhausted from the busy day at work and with our girls. On those nights my husband would always say “you’ll feel better if you just go”, “put on your gear and just start”. Without those nudges, I would have just missed the run.
Best Advice I Can Give: Listen to your body. When it’s saying enough is enough – listen.
Most inspirational runner: I’d have to say Shalane Flanagan.
Favorite picture from a run or race this year: It’s not a race photo, though I do love the photo above from pacing the Valley Harvest Marathon. However, my favourite photo is this one bloew – running with my husband and daughters on January 1st. We now have a tradition of running our first km on January 1st together….even in the rain or snow!
Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat: Pacing the 10k – 1:10 finish at Valley Harvest. I love this pace and finishing time. Hands down, I’d pace this race again. I’d also repeat running the Berwick 5 miler Road Race – that was a fun distance and I really enjoyed the course.
Worst Running Moment: Hands down, finding out two days before my half marathon that I was having some heart problems. It was strongly suggested that I didn’t run my half that I worked so hard for in September. I was devastated. Luckily two weeks later, I passed my stress test and told to get back to running. But, oh the disappointment was HIGH!
Favourite Medal: These are my daughter’s medals after they both ran 800m and 1200m respectively. They both had a blast and finished with a smile on their faces. I love that they both love to run and enjoy it as much as I do.
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be? Physically hard (car accident/heart problems), rewarding (pacing the 10k) and challenging.
18 thoughts on “Year of Running 2017”
Even though you had some challenges this year, you still kept your spirits high and had some awesome running highlights!
I tried to keep my spirits high!!
ha 2 Garmins too funny! I love that your husband encourages your running so much. A few challenges but looks like a great year over all
Yup – 2 Garmins for the win!!!
A great year overall! I hope your 2018 is even better!
I love that your favorite medals are those of your daughters’ 😉 You are setting such fine example for them!!
Thank you! We sure love being active with our girls and it’s now just a lifestyle for them!
I love your family tradition. What a wonderful idea. I think I might need to steal that one in the future. I always enjoy that you keep such a positive attitude, despite bumps in the road. Life, and especially running, are a rollercoaster. So many people get injured and look at it as a never ending process. Listening to your body is definitely the best start!
Yes, steal away!!! It’s been a fun tradition for us!
Life will always have bumps in the road, I guess it’s how you maneuver around them that counts! Hope you have a great 2018!!
You had a great year! Besides the accident and the heart issue. I’m glad those are both resolved now.
And I love my 230!! It’s the best.
Yes, glad those health issues are behind me now!!! Onwards to 2018!
Cool! Looks like you had more ups than downs this year, I’ll call that a win anyday.
You know what, I think I did have more ups than downs. Hope you have a great 2018!
You’re ending the year on a high note and that’s the best place to be!
I’m sure trying to end the year on a high note!
Hard but rewarding. That is fantastic. Thanks for linking up!
Yes, hard but rewarding is right!