Happy New Year!
Well, here we are at the beginning of 2018. This year has really flown by. And, I blinked and December was almost over. I was so happy with getting decorations and everything done right after Thanksgiving – thinking I had all the time in the world to enjoy. It absolutely flew by!
This time of year is the time to reflect on the year past and make goals and plans for the next. This year, overall, was a really good year – running wise. It started out rather slowly, but ended great.
2017 race season started out in Key West as it has for the 3 previous years. However, after 3 consecutive years of doing the half marathon – I changed over to the 5K. I had tweaked my knee – and kept tweaking it on the ice. (Not running – but, just sliding while walking). So, I decided to take it easy, mileage-wise, for a bit. While I missed doing the half marathon – the 5K was fun. And, I got to meet Hubby earlier for breakfast!
Didn’t do anything over 5 miles and ended up January with 101 miles.
No races in February this year. Started inching up the mileage and longest run was 8 miles. Finished the month with 118 miles.
March had me feeling good again. Did a 5K race and actually won my age group. Long runs were 10 and 12 miles. Knee keeps feeling good – but, I’ve developed a habit of wearing a knee strap every time I run. Don’t know if I still need it – but, I’m afraid to go out without it!
March ended up with 164 miles.
Started off April (yes, actually April 1st) with an 8K. 1st place in my age group! Very happy! Hey, the award was a wine glass!
Long runs in April got back up to 15 miles. I like 15 as my long run, even if I’m not training for anything. But, 15 makes a half marathon (13.1) easier – 2 less miles!
April – 180 miles
First half marathon of the year was in May. I did the Race 13.1 Series half at the Greenbrier Resort. This is about 10 miles from where I grew up and where my Mom still lives. It was a little bit of a nightmare of a race. The grounds were still being cleaned up after their massive flooding the year before. But, it was fun – and a super after race brunch!
May – 171 miles
June was a fun month. Had 2 half marathons on 2 consecutive weekends. I’m not sure that I’ve ever done that before. In years past, when I was much faster, I’d put everything into a race. Now, I’m slower and having more fun just doing the distance. I still would like to be faster – but, I’m just happy to be out there.
The first half marathon was here in Roanoke. I ran most of it with one of my runners. It was her first and she had a blast. The second one was about 1/2 hour from my Mom’s. It was a trail marathon. Now, you may be saying “she doesn’t do trails”. Well, that’s right. But, this trail was completely small gravel. No rocks, roots, etc. Only one water stop on the out and back – so, had to wear my CamelBak. I’m really glad I did. It was a humid day. Passed a lot of runners on the way back. Happy to say it was another age group win!
Finished up June with 171 miles. Yep, the exact same mileage as May.
No races in July. Traveled to Branson, Missouri, for a family reunion with Hubby’s family. It was a nice trip. I always enjoy traveling to new areas and sightseeing while I run. We stayed at a resort – so there were nice places to run without gong onto the main highway. I almost chanced running on the pathways of the golf course – but, I’ve been shooed off them before. So, I was good!
July total miles – 175
August was another month with no races – just some nice runs. Long runs during this month were 16 and 17 miles.
August total – 208 miles
September is always a fun month to run. Hubby and I go to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, for 2 weeks. He has a car show on both of the weekends. During the time in between, we’ll eat, do a little shopping – but, that’s about it. We both go hard at it all year – so, it’s a nice down time for us. It’s nice because on the weekends I can go for my long runs and then meet up with him at the show later. It’s also nice because I get to see some different scenery than I do regularly.
Did have a half marathon in Charlotte the end of September. Beat my time from last year. That made me happy! Plus last year it had been raining for days before the race and the course was pretty bad in spots. Perfect this year!
Total miles for September – 175
Did a local half marathon in October. This race definitely went better than last year. But, they start the race at 9:00. By the time it’s over, you are dying. Even me – and I love running in heat. It’s a hilly course and the humidity doesn’t help. I swore last year that if it started late again I wasn’t running it. I said it again this year. We’ll see!
October miles – 179
November brought 2 half marathons. The first one was in Outer Banks, North Carolina. This is a great race weekend. I ran the marathon a couple of years ago, the 8K last year and this year I decided to run the half. I’m glad I did! The full marathon is a great race – but, I really did like the half. I already signed up for next year – and signed up for the half. Had a great race and a really fun weekend away with Hubby!
The next weekend was another local half marathon. Even though I had done a half the Sunday before (and this race was on the following Saturday), I placed 2nd in my age group!
November also saw me hit the 32nd anniversary of my running streak! On November 20, 1985, I started running every day!
Total for November – 181 miles
One of the most fun that I have at races happens in December. In Virginia Beach, they hold a Surf-n-Santa 5 miler. You get a Santa Suit with your entry. It’s so much fun to see 3000+ Santas running down the Boardwalk in Virginia Beach!
December total – 197
Total for 2017 – 2020 miles
This was a pretty good year for my running. I’m happy. I used to do more miles – and run them a heck of a lot faster – but, I’m good with where I am now.
Looking forward to a fabulous 2018!