Is anyone else scratching their heads wondering where 2017 went?
Seriously. I feel like I wrote my year of running 2016 just last week.
Despite my less than stellar year of running in 2017, I’m still recapping it. It’s fun to look back and see where I was over the years. If you are interested, here’s my Year(s) of Running in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. A huge thanks to Courtney for hosting the link up once again.
So 2017. Humph. I had such high expectations for you! In 2016, I called it the year of running for fun. And I did. But by the end of the year, I was ready to get back on a training plan. I wanted a BQ at Sugarloaf Marathon. I wanted to improve my time at the Mount Washington Road Race. I was even thinking of a 50k in the fall.
Well, if you are a longtime reader, you know none of that happened. I spent more months NOT running in 2017 than running with a fibula stress fracture in the spring and then a badly sprained deltoid ligament in the late summer/fall.
Quite the opposite of the fantabulous year I had planned.
Regardless of all the injury time off, I did run 4 races (5 if you include the Turkey Trot I ran with the family). I fell even more in love with trail running. I ran my first snowshoe race. I got to run the infamous Beach to Beacon.
I’m looking at 2018 but I’m not sure where I want my running to go. I’ve got ideas swirling in my head but I’m not letting myself go there just yet.
For now, it’s one run at a time.
Best race experience
Loon Mountain, hands down. Much like Mount Washington last year, this was my first race back after an injury. There’s nothing like finishing your first race back on top of the world. Or a mountain. I didn’t train for the race at all but decided to go for it. Thankfully, I found Lori, my running buddy from the winter and early spring and some other friends at the start. I never thought I’d be able to keep up but I did and felt fantastic the whole race. And seeing the ridiculousness of Upper Walking Boss first hand made me realize that there’s no running at 40% grade. A ladder would have been very convenient.
Any run on dirt. During the times when I was able to run, I fell even more in love with the trails. I haven’t been back out since coming back from my deltoid ligament sprain but hopefully I’ll be back soon. I just need to give my ankle a little bit more time.
Best new piece of running gear
This is a hard one. I really love my new Epson ProSense 307 GPS but I also love my Crescent Moon Running Snowshoes. It’s ridiculously hard to run in those things and even more to “race” in them. But it’s so fun to get out of the trails especially when it’s a crazy snowstorm with tons of fresh powder. And when I say fun I mean heart rate through the roof gasping for air as you move at a snail’s pace.
Best running advice you’ve received this year
You’ll never know unless you try. A lot of time I push ideas and dreams to the back burner because I think it’s too far fetched or I’ll end up injured again. Or I compare myself to where I was in previous years. Maybe I will. Maybe I won’t. I will never know unless I try.
Most inspirational runner
Shalane Flanagan and her amazing race at NYC Marathon. How can you not be inspired by that, right? She moved me to tears.
Favorite picture from a run or race this year
It was the first significant snow of the year and I couldn’t resist going for a run. After fearing for my life because of multiple driver’s trying to remember how to drive in the snow, I decided it would be better to be in the woods. I made my own tracks and felt like I was in a snow globe.
Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat
Loon Mountain. I’m definitely going back again this year and hope to tack on a few other mountain races too. Hopefully Mount Washington will be one of them.
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be?
C’mon man! Big thanks to Wendy for giving me that idea.
What was your best run of 2017?
Linking up with the Coaches’ Corner.