Year of Running 2016

Year of Running included roads and trails. |

For the past 4 years, I’ve shared my Year of Running. It started with Miss Zippy and Courtney took over last year.

As the end of the year comes to a close, which blows my mind btw, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I did this year and where I want to go in 2017. I went back and looked at what my answers were for all of the Year of Running questions in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. It’s quite sad that every single year involved time off because of an injury. You’d think I’d learn my lesson! As I said last week, things have changed a lot in one year. For one, I’ve been practically injury free all year (except for that unfortunate ankle roll in June!). There wasn’t a whole lot of racing this year, there wasn’t any record breaking PR’s. Just running for the love of it. And that was a good thing.

Here’s to another injury free year in 2017 that hopefully has me racing again.

Best race experience: I ran two races this year (three if you count the Turkey Trot with my family). Both were pretty fantastic for different reasons. Mount Washington was just plain amazing. It was my first post-injury race. It was my first time running Mount Washington. From learning to actually like hills thanks to mega hill training, to falling head over heels in love with trails, to doing something that most people say HELL NO! to, to the amazing post race festivities at the base – hands down the best race experience. Fingers crossed I make it into the lottery for 2017!

Mt. Washington Road Race . |

Best run: Two runs come to mind. It’s one thing to know other bloggers online. It’s a whole new world when you get to share miles with each other. You connect on a whole new level when you sweat it out. And swear at the unrelenting hills in Vermont. Our shake out run at Rise.Run.Retreat was so fun.

Running in Vermont for Rise.Run.Retreat |

The other best run was meeting up with my friend Sarah. Sarah and I became best running buddies while training for Boston in 2015. We shared so much time together that winter/spring in training. In between my injury and her moving 40 minutes away, we could never find a time to meet up for a run. Until October this year – 18 months after our last run together! It felt so good to reconnect and fall right into easy conversation for the entire run.

Best new piece of running gear: Saucony Reflex tights and jacket. I’m in love with how I light up the dark. Even in a snowstorm.

saucony reflex

Best running advice you’ve received this year: You don’t know what’s ahead, but keep doing the right things and make small progress.

Maine coast running |

Most inspirational runner: Molly Huddle definitely inspired me after her performances at the Olympics and New York City Marathon. But for everyday athletes, I have to say every lady from Rise.Run.Retreat this year. We all have had our ups and downs in running but we continue to run with heart, determination and grit.

Leaf Peepers Half Marathon as part of Rise Run Retreat 2016 |

Favorite picture from a run or race this year: Finishing your first race 14 months after an injury on top of the world? Priceless.

Finish line Mt. Washington Road Race. |

Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat: Ummmm…Mount Washington for sure. If only I can dial in the picture perfect weather again. I’m sure I’d have a different answer if it was freezing, windy and snowing.

Mt. Washington Road Race. It's only one hill

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be? Forgiveness. Fun. Eye opening.

Year of Running 2016 |

 What was your best run of 2016?

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21 comments on “Year of Running 2016

  1. As I gear up for my FIRST WHOLE MARATHON I adore reading your posts.
    Im nervous and exciting and hoping I have some similar posts of my own next year to share.

  2. I love so much about this post but the part that gave me the chills was “forgiveness.” I can’t tell you how happy I am to read that word from you because no one would blame you if you held a grudge. I KNOW you can move forward now with determination and confidence which is just amazeballs!!!

    And my absolute favorite run of the year was the Rise.Run.Retreat shake out – hands down!!!

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  3. Forgiveness, yes. Learning to forgive your body and yourself/your past is HUGE. I had a post a while back about not being mad at my body for getting injured. Things happen, but as you said, learn, adjust, make forward progress.

  4. I end 2016 with a ton of uncertainty. I didn’t do a lot of races this year either, but now I have an answer to all the injuries and pains that held me back all year. I’m going to keep moving forward and do what I can!

    Those legs!

  5. I love so much about this post – the memories from the Rise.Run.Retreat, the theme of self-forgiveness, and those stunning photos! You are one of the most resilient, grittiest, and inspiring runners I know. Here’s to all you can accomplish in 2017 – and fingers crossed for the Mt. Washington lottery!

  6. This was such an important year for you! We can easily place too much emphasis on racing and prs (so guilty!) when the reality is that all those small steps and consistency is what really matters and will make you stronger in the big picture, as you’ve realized. Looking forward to your 2017 journey!

  7. I see that “Forgiveness” has left you feeling renewed and full of new optimism for the new training season. The joy found in simply being able to run. My best run/race experience of the year is definitely-Rise.Run.Retreat. Loved the connections that came from the Amazing weekend! Hoping you have a brand new training season full of strength and accomplishments!
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  8. I wholeheartedly love your words for the year – Forgiveness. Fun. Eye opening. Yes and yes to being injury free. It’s been a long journey, hasn’t it? But the joy you find in running comes through in each of these photos and experiences that you shared. I cannot wait to see what 2017 has in store for you! xo

  9. Congrats on a great year of running with some pretty epic moments and miles. I’m so glad we got to experience Vermont and Rise.Run.Retreat together. Looking forward to seeing what 2017 has in store for you. xo

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