This week’s topic is Highlights of your Running Year
Here are a few of mine:
- Racing in NYC
This was on my bucket list for years and I finally got to do it.
I ran the Dash to the Finish 5k and crossed the NYC Marathon finish line. I loved this race!!
- PRing in a Half Marathon
This was totally unexpected but it turned out to be such a perfect race…great weather, scenic course….
As a bonus, I came in first in my age group.
- Meeting Frank Shorter
I met him at bib pick up for the Stockadeathon 15K.
And he signed my bib for luck.
- 15K PR
Frank Shorter did bring me luck.
A 2 minute PR at the Stockadeathon in November.
- Other PRs
I had 4 mile PR at the Runnin’ of the Green in March.
and a 5 mile PR at the Delmar Dash, also in March.
It’s always exciting at my age to have a fast race.
- Running a Trail in Palm Desert, CA.
I never expected to enjoy it so much. My friend, Mary (who lives there) & I did it twice.
I hope to be able to visit her again someday.
- Running Over the Walkway Bridge
This was part of an inaugural half marathon in Poughkeepsie, NY. The bridge is the longest pedestrian bridge in the world.
I even won an age group award, though my finish time wasn’t exceptional.
- Running the VCM Relay with AJH
This is another race that I’ve wanted to do but I don’t run marathons. I was excited when AJH applied and we got into the lottery for the relay.
The course is great and it is much more enjoyable to do a race with a friend.
- Taking a Running Tour of Denver, CO
I was at a conference and had some free time, so why not?
It was so much fun. I can’t wait to do another one.
- Mentoring Other Runners
I was a Running Buddy in the Girls on the Run program in the spring.
And for the second time this fall, I participated in the STEM program.
I was paired with a 5th grader in the first one and in the 2nd, a 29 year-old unwed mom who was a victim of domestic violence. It was so rewarding to share my love of running with someone else and hopefully positively influence them.
- Being part of a Running Group
Although I’ve run the Freihofer’s Run For Women every year since 2008, this was my first year participating in their Training Challenge.
For the 2nd year in a row, I joined the Troy Turkey Trot Training Challenge.
I can’t say for a fact that it improved my running but running with a group is certainly more fun and I’ve met a lot of great people through these 2 groups.
I could go on and on. I had a great running year.
Any year where you can run for 12 months (38 races) with NO INJURIES is a great year.
Happy Running! What was the highlight of your running year?