Well, if you are reading this it is now 2016. Happy New Year! What a year 2015 was. It was an incredible running year for me and I feel like I grew so much as a runner this past year. While I only ran about half the amount of races this year compared to last, it was still a very full running schedule filled with some AWESOME experiences.
This year I ran:
- 2 5k’s
- 1 10 miler
- 1 overnight relay (Ragnar)
- 1 Virtual race
- 4 Half marathons (Rock N Roll DC, Alexandria Running Festival, Navy/AF Half Marathon, Rock N Roll Las Vegas)
- 2 marathons (Paris Marathon, 40th Marine Corp Marathon)
I PR’d the marathon distance by 15 minutes (4:13), ran my second fastest half marathon (1:52) and had two pretty epic racecations to Paris, France and Las Vegas. I also FINALLY achieved my goal of running 1,000 miles in a year. I had been trying for the last 2 years and had come up short due to injury and illness. But this year I made it! And I couldn’t have done it without my Asics and my Nuun stash!
So how did my 2015 running goals pan out?
- Run 1,000 miles–CHECK!
- 4 hr marathon–I was on target to hit this goal but my body did not want to cooperate this year during race day. But despite missing the 4hr mark, I did still end up with a 15 minute PR which I am still very proud of. I would call that a success!
- Stay injury free–I had no major injuries to deal with, just a few irritations with some tendinitis so I consider that a CHECK!
- Refocus on strength training–Meh, I went in phases with strength training doing well sometimes and not so great at other times.
- Yoga once a week–I would say I accomplished this 50% of the year.
- RRCA Coaching certification–CHECK! Now to figure out how to develop this!
So, let’s take a look back at some of my favorites over the last year! I’m linking up with Courtney for the Year in Running Link up!
Best Race Experience: By far the Paris marathon. You can read about it HERE, HERE & HERE if you missed it. This race was not really planned. On a whim I entered the lottery (without telling my husband) and got it in. Kind of an experience that I couldn’t turn down right? My wonderful husband was so supportive and encouraged me to go on a girls trip for this race. The race was pure awesomesauce. I went over there with no time goals in mind, I just wanted to have fun and that’s exactly what I did. I ran, I danced, I hugged strangers, I high fived strangers, I drank wine (while running)and I’m pretty sure I had the biggest smile on my face the entire 4 hrs and 52 minutes. My slowest marathon ever, but I didn’t care. This one was about the experience!
Best Run: Surprisingly enough, I would say that my runs during my Ragnar relay were the best. There is something about a sleep deprived euphoria that kicked in for my legs that had my legs soaring. I had some of my fastest runs all year despite the killer hills. I felt phenomenal the entire time and didn’t want them to end despite the terrible weather conditions.
Best new piece of gear: This year I was asked to be a Momentum Jewelry ambassador and I couldn’t have been more thrilled. This year I learned that the mantra was everything during my long training runs on the treadmill. Momentum jewelry wraps and footnotes helped push me through some tough runs!
Best piece of running advice: “RUN SLOW TO RUN FAST.” I’ve always had a hard time doing a long slow distance run. It’s hard to run significantly slower than what you know you can do! But with an awesome coach this year, I learned that this statement is SO true! Yes, there is science behind it and it works!
Most inspirational runner: I am so inspired by so many women in the running community and it’s hard to pick just one….Allie, Tara, Cynthia, Courntey, Suz, Angela, Laura, Nat and the list goes on! So many different women with different strengths and different obstacles they have overcome this year. Everyone in the running community truly inspires me!
Favorite pic from a run or race this year: By far this is one of my favorite race photos. Every time I have run in a race with a Blue Mile, I run next to the signs of the fallen soliders and touch each poster, as my way of saying thank you. And to have someone capture this in a photo was awesome. It truly captures the reasons I LOVE to run the Marine Corp marathon. This marathon to me is so much bigger than anything else. One of the most powerful and emotional races I’ve ever done.
Race experience I would repeat in a heartbeat: Paris without a doubt. I truly loved every second of that race and I don’t think anything could ever compare to it.
If I could sum up my year in a few words what would it be? I would say that this year was definitely epic. I had the opportunities to do some amazing running and I couldn’t be happier with how the year went (even if I didn’t hit my big marathon goal). I took chances with a new coach, went outside the box in my training and it truly paid off. I can not wait to see what 2016 brings!My year in running was pretty epic, find out why via @suzy399 @asics @nuunhydration @momentumjewelry Click To Tweet
What was the biggest highlight of your year?