The Best of 2018

So today I’m linking up with Courtney to share my Year of Running in 2018!  Be sure to check her site and see how everyone else did!

Warning. I’m not good at picking just one or even two. Lol

  • Best Race(s)

So what determines a “best” race? Fastest? Best Food? Most scenic course? Most organized? Best swag?

Well, I unexpectedly had THREE PRs this year.  And they were at three of my favorite races. All three races deserve kudos for their organization, logistics, course, post-race food, etc. (Although no medals at any of these races.)

Bacon Hill Bonanza (5K)

Delmar Dash (5m)

Stockade-athon (15k)

But I loved all of my 30 races. Each one was special in a different way.

  • Best Run(s)

My runs are not usually very good or very exciting.

But I’d say that my best ones were done with my local running friends. We now call our group the “Sole Sisters.”

They have gotten me to run longer and faster and to walk less.  The best part is being accountable during those long cold winter months.

I would be remiss not to mention that my job has allowed me run on some neat bike paths (Onondaga Lake State Park in Liverpool, Lake Ontario and Erie Canal Trail in Rochester and of course, Central Park and the river paths in Manhattan). That has been exciting (the running not the job or the traveling).

  • Best New Piece(s) of Running Gear

I have bought many pairs of running shoes but they are always the same (Nike Zoom Vomero). I have, of course, bought Skirt Sports running clothes.

The only thing new that I love are my Goodr sunglasses.

  • Most Inspirational Runner(s)

Well, there are quite a few.

First Des Linden who kicked a$$ and won the Boston marathon in those awful weather conditions.

Des Linden Marathon run Boston

Secondly, a blogger that I have met in person: Wendy from Taking the long way home who was diagnosed with RA but does not let it interfere with her running journey and a blogger that I have not met in person: Laurie from Meditations in Motion, who got injured and still completed the Marine Corps Marathon.

Finally my local running friend Judy from Chocolate Runs Judy who ran four long races in four months, one being an 18 miler. Now that’s impressive.

  • Favorite Picture from a Run or Race

Again there are a few:

Racing in Paris

Racing in Central Park, NYC

  • Race Experience(s) you would repeat in a heart beat

Well you know I love race-cations so there were several in 2018. A few of them, unfortunately, are on my “worst of 2018” list too. Stay tuned for that post next week.

Les 20Km de Paris

I mean it was running in Paris and I loved it even though it didn’t turn out to be one of my better “races.”

Rock n Roll Montreal Half Marathon

It turned out to be a bad year for the race itself but racing with friends is the best.

Brooklyn Half Marathon

Ending up on the beach in Coney Island? But again, not a good year for this race.  It poured!

I doubt I will be able to repeat any of these but I would if I could.

  • If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be?


Since today is Tuesday, I’m also linking up with these wonderful ladies:

Erika @ MCM Mama Runs, Marcia @ Marcia’s Healthy Slice and Patty @ My no-guilt life for

Happy Running!  What are some of the highlights of your year in running?  Please share.


12 thoughts on “The Best of 2018

  1. Des was on my list of most inspirational runners, but I ended up picking Jeannie Rice the 70 year old who set two world records in 2018.

    I hear you on not being good at picking just one or even two things for many of the categories! 😉 I loved how you summed up 2018! Here’s to the same in 2019


  2. You have had such an awesome and healthy year! And did I read correctly that you managed 30 races?!? Those race photos with the thumbs up are fantastic. I’ve also loved following Wendy’s journey with RA. Every time I feel like taking time off, I think of her ability to just keep going no matter what.

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