Here it is. My 2017 recap with a few highlights, new experiences, and accomplishments…
What I Learned…
A week off of running every now and then won’t kill me. I took a full week off in July before a 20 week build up to the marathon and another full week off a couple weeks ago when I had the flu. Training and resting smarter this year has helped keep me injury free and healthier overall.
Kicking off my shoes mid race is a bad idea. For more on this see The Hottest Half Race Recap.
The marathon is a complicated race.
Crazy things can happen to anyone on a morning run. In 2017, I got hit in the face by a pecan, I unknowingly ran in the middle of a standoff between SWAT and a murder suspect, and just the other day, a stray Great Dane ran up on me and wouldn’t leave me alone which left me wondering if carrying some sort of protection would be a good idea.
Getting enough sleep is vital with high mileage training. I know this sounds like an obvious point, but I didn’t understand how true this was until this year. I noticed how my body had to work harder when I was sleep deprived. My heart rate was higher, my breathing faster. An hour less each night for a week had a negative effect. Now, if I have a few late nights, I make sure to catch up so I can continue to push myself in training.
It is important to enjoy training. I went through a period of time this year where I had a somewhat negative view of training. Sometimes this negativity came out in a blog post. Other times, it came out in a conversation after a workout. Was I being too hard on myself? Pushing myself too hard? Was stress affecting my attitude? I became aware of this when I heard that people were worrying about me. This was not something I wanted at all, so I quickly turned my thinking around which made all the difference. Sometimes all we have to change is our mindset.
What I accomplished…
I ran over 3,100 miles,
Climbed over 38,419ft,
Competed in 15 races,
Set 2 PRs
Ran my first Marathon!
Some 2017 Favorites
Favorite Racing Flat – Mizuno Wave Universe 5
Favorite Trainer – Altra Escalante
Favorite Watch – My new Garmin 735XT (A surprise Christmas present!)
Favorite Hydration Supplement – Tailwind
Favorite 5k – St. Paddy’s Day Dash Down Greenville 5k
Favorite Half Marathon – Plano Balloon Festival Half Marathon
Favorite Destination Race – San Antonio Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
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