2017|The Good The Bad The Ugly

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

And

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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Happy New Year!

8 Comments

  1. An eventful year on all counts! Although the general consensus in ‘the wider world’ seems to be that 2017 was a bad year in terms of society, politics, etc, on a personal level it sounds as if you’ve overcome some meaningful challenges and have achieved a lot in terms of performance. It’s been to get some insight into the training, races and all else through the blog so thanks for sharing and happy New Year!

    PS. Would love to hear a bit more on the Altra Escalante. I received a pair of Altra Instinct 1.5 for Christmas: the brand is very hard to come by in the UK but I really wanted to try them as a denser cushioned zero drop option (to go along with minimal cushioned Vivobarefoots). I’ve ran about 10 miles in them so far and they’ve been a dream, so I’m definitely planning to try more from Altra in the future!

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    1. The Escalantes have great energy return and allow for a solid, strong toe off. When I first tried them on, I was surprised at how ‘bouncy’ or responsive they felt. I plan to get another pair in the future as they are a nice alternative for the minimalist runner!

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      1. Thanks for the input, I’ll keep that in mind. I’ve been cutting down my shoe collection, where possible giving to friends and other runners, as I learned a bit more about my footwear preferences over the last six months. Cutting down to two zero drop shoes (one minimally cushioned, one generously cushioned), two trainers with a slightly higher drop, a racer and a trail shoe is what I want to get to eventually.

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