In a post last January, after a stressful 2016, I talked about my plans for 2017. (Read about them here.)
To summarize that post, I basically said that in 2017, I planned to “enjoy each race and focus on what is good about each one.” In other words, try not to dwell on negatives or stress out about the paces, the miles and the finish times.
And my chosen word for 2017 was “RELAX”
So let’s see how the year went… and if the “relaxing” plan helped.
With a new job that as the year progressed, added more and more travel, running became my therapy.
I made it a priority that after work I would run, no matter where I was, so I would be in racing shape for all those races that I signed up for.
And yes, that happened (most of the time).
I ran along Onondaga Lake in Liverpool, Lake Ontario and on the Erie Canal Trail in Rochester, at Canalside in Buffalo and along the East and Hudson rivers and in Central Park in Manhattan. Most times I was exhausted and hungry and it was late but I always felt better when I was done with my run.
I ran 35 races with only one DNS (due to a backache).
There were 6 Half Marathons, 13 5ks, 4 10ks and a variety of other distances.
I won’t go into detail about every race here but except for two strugglefest half marathons, I was happy with how I ran ALL the other races!!
I didn’t have any time goals for my races. I just wanted to run well and have fun! And I did just that.
That being said, TEN of the 5ks (all the ones that I actually raced) had finish times under 28 minutes!! Woo! Hoo! There were MANY age group awards earned, too.
Plus, I had a half marathon PR. Even more exciting (and shocking)!!
Almost all my races were run with friends. They say “Running is better with friends.” And ain’t that the truth?
The only negative about my year was that this past fall, I wasn’t able to participate in my favorite running group or volunteer with STEM. I wasn’t able to play tennis every Tuesday. I rarely went to gym and never hit a yoga class. Work, work, work. Darn work schedule!!!
Otherwise, I think my year went very well. I proved to myself that to have good running year, it’s not all about PRs and paces but it’s about relaxing, having fun and finding good in every race.
So moving forward...
What’s in store for me in 2018???
Well, long work days and more travel are likely.
I haven’t picked a word yet. But I can tell you this for sure:
I will be running.
I will be racing.
Happy Running! Have you looked back yet on 2017? Did you have any goals? Did you meet them? Anything to share about 2018 yet? Please do…