Year of Running 2016

I wanted to do the "Year of Running," link-up, and sadly it has already closed before getting around to it, but I figured I'd write it anyways since 2016 was my favorite year for running despite losing some time for an injury.  It was a year for my books, and I credit my coach and also my most supportive team member, BEN.  It can be difficult juggling training, working, sleeping and family/mommy life, and I definitely couldn't do it without my sweet Ben.

Best race experience:
Mt. Charleston Marathon!  The race was evidence of solid training and it built up my confidence.  Now I wish I would have made my goal a little more ambitious because a few weeks later I ended up sidelined with my injury -- bummer! 

Best run:  Basically all of my spring weekend long runs; they were some of my most favorite miles:  I was hitting my workout paces, I was getting faster, I was getting sleep at night (!!), I had a huge base built up, and I got lost in my music constantly while wishing my long runs were longer!  (This fall I experienced the opposite and half the time I didn't hear the music that was playing in my ear because I was focused on my steps and trying really hard to hit paces.  There will always be ups and downs in everything we do and this year was a good reminder of that.)

Best new piece of running gear: 
Motorola S11 HD bluetooth wireless headphones!  These were inexpensive in terms of wireless headphones and no. more. cords. and the battery lasts well through a marathon.

Best running advice you’ve received this year:  It's supposed to be hard.  If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it.  The hard is what makes it great.


Don't quit.  You're already in pain.  Get a reward from it.

Most inspirational runner:  I have always loved Meb. He is so talented, but that is just the tip of the iceberg which is why I find him so inspirational.

Favorite picture from a run or race this year:  One with my family! -- after we both ran 26.2 on our 6th wedding anniversary.  A race to remember!

Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat:  
Seattle!  It was my favorite race based on the experience as a whole:  location, scenery, people, weather, etc.

I hope you had a wonderful year running, or whatever it is you do, too.  Now on to 2017.  Happy running!!


  1. 2016 was great for me, too! Not necessarily for running, although my running in 2016 helped me get two new PRs this last weekend! But just in general, I feel like I got back on track last year. Here's to an awesome 2017!

    1. I'm happy to hear that! Becoming a mom is a HUGE adjustment on so many levels!

  2. Congrats on a great year. I like your year in review format, really easy to read.