January 1: New Year’s Day 5K
Official time: 34:29
March 10: Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon
April 29: Pike’s Peek
This has been the Year of the Run for me—well, also the year of a lot of other bullshit too, but let’s not focus on that. So, yeah, let’s go ahead and call it the Year of the Run.
I averaged just under a hundred miles per month, which seems like not a lot considering I feel like I was running ALL THE TIME, but I guess if you run slow, like I do, you can run a lot and still not cover an enormous amount of distance.
My grand total of miles run in 2017 was 1,197.90 miles. I ran for 245-1/2 hours. I ran 217 times. I burned more than 187,000 calories.
Not so shabby.
I am also ending my year with a Thanksgiving to New Year’s running streak, meaning I have run every day over the past 39 days and will run a race tomorrow. When I’ve done this in the past, I’ve made my daily minimum one mile, but this year I decided to run at least a 5K every day, which I am happy to say I did. Most days I ran exactly 5K, but streaks don’t offer extra points for going the extra mile. (Literally.)
This year is also the year of my first marathon. Since they are so arduous, I decided to do two of them: Houston in January and the Marine Corps Marathon in October. I also ran three half marathons, including a half marathon PR in September. Add in eleven other races with distances ranging from 5K to 20 miles, and I had a pretty full calendar.
In a fun twist, Alex also had a Year of the Run. He ran his first ever races this year and I am disgruntled as hell to tell you that he has now officially surpassed me as the better runner in the family. He ran five races this year, each one a different length, which I think is kind of impressive. (5K, 5 miles, 10 miles, 10K, and 15K) He’s signed up for his first half marathon in March, although he has a pretty hefty work schedule between now and then, so I’ll be double impressed if he pulls it off.
I’ll be double impressed and bitter if he pulls it off in way better form than me. (I’m running it too.)
I feel great about what I have accomplished this year, especially in terms of endurance, but wasn’t quite sure where to go after this. I know that I want to work on speed and weight loss, which will lead to my being able to kick the shit out of a marathon in a couple of years. But I am also a person who does well with goals and projects, so I’ve been scheming on what to do while I’m working on speed and fitness. I have a plan, but I’m not quite ready to put it out there yet. Soon, my pretties. Soon.
In addition to all my running plans, I continue to believe that I will increase the frequency of my blogging. That said, I’m a realist and I am going to be moving from my self-hosted to a free platform soon, so I don’t have to pay every month just to keep my content up. If you’re a subscriber, it is possible that this will affect my feeds and the delivery of my content to your inbox. I’ll keep you updated here and on Facebook, but if you don’t hear from me for a long time, check in to see if I’ve moved.