Another Minnesota winter is half over, and I’m grateful it’s been low on the snowfall totals. We have had our share of below-zero, frigid days, but at least the roads have stayed relatively dry and open for running! I’m getting back in a rhythm — sort of — and I’ve even had Speedy out for a few stroller runs during our January thaw. My running has taken a far back seat to work and home/family since fall, but 2017 was still a great year.
I keep meaning to write this annual running recap, and tonight is finally the night. After a crushing defeat for our Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship I need a little athletic cheer-up. It’s time to reflect on my own athletic accomplishments for the year.
I did four races this year including one each 5K, 10K, half marathon, and marathon. I thought I would race a little more, but I’m really pleased with each and every race. Definitely a #win.
My racing year started in early April with a family 5K. I did a walk/run at Goldy’s Run with Speedy and several of my sisters for fun. We all graduated from the University of Minnesota, and it was great to enjoy a beautiful spring day on campus as we covered the course together.
Two weeks later I ran my seventh Earth Day Run. I was only trained somewhere between decent and adequate for this half marathon, but I really wanted to run strong in my first post-partum 13.1. Mostly I wanted to break 2 hours. It took every shred of my concentration to fight through the final few miles and stay on pace, but I squeaked in with 1:59:09. This finish was totally an overachievement for my redeveloping fitness, and I felt the effects as I hobbled around with sore everything for a few days after. It was well worth it!
I actually ran really well and consistently through June, and in early July I ran the 10K at my hometown running event. It was a cool morning for summer, and I was ECSTATIC to set a PR of 50:19. I still don’t know where those sub-8:00/miles came from, but I was cruising.
Training got harder to keep consistent as the runs got longer and the summer got busier. Corn silage harvest in September made it even worse, but I kept carving out insane early morning time for the long runs and doing my best on the strength and weekly mileage.
I won’t rehash the entire marathon because you can read about it Here, but I loved this race and wouldn’t change it for anything. (Fully acknowledging this was my slowest marathon to date.) I feel so grateful even now when I think about crossing the finish. Training for and running Twin Cities brought me excitement and fulfillment, and I will be back! In a few years. 🙂
What’s next? I’ve left my goals rather vague the last couple years, and it has worked out ok. I want to keep up a healthy, balanced approach to my running, and I want to make the most of stroller running while Speedy continues to enjoy it. Right now my sisters are talking about Goldy’s Run again, and I always plan to run Earth Day. I don’t have a specific PR goal looming, but I’ll evaluate what seems realistic as races get closer.
I’d like to meet up with the Another Mother Runner community again at Twin Cities and run one of the weekend’s races. I’ll either enter the 10 Mile lottery or do a shorter Saturday race.
I wish I could make it a goal to take a run along the Seine in Paris again, but sadly I suspect it will be a while. This was certainly my most memorable training run of the year.
I got notice a few weeks ago that I will continue as a Team Chocolate Milk member and ambassador for a seventh year, and I can’t believe it’s been that long. I’m happy to keep representing a recovery beverage I believe in AND the dairy community I love. I again have complimentary race bibs to several Rock’n Roll races through the team, so maybe this will be the year I finally use one. Who knows?
What are your fitness plans and goal for this year?