Just like I seem to start every single blog post where I recap the month, I’m starting this one the same way. I really have no idea where this year went! It feels like it was just the start of summer, and here we are, just weeks away from 2018. Today, I’m linking up with Courtney to chat about my year of running in 2017. I absolutely love doing these recaps, so I hope you love reading it just as much!
Best race experience
Hands down, The Golden Ultra. This race weekend was absolutely phenomenal and one of the toughest things I’ve ever done as a human. It also taught me a lot about myself, mostly that I am stronger than I think I am and maybe a little bit crazier than I thought I was too.
In the middle of September, as I was training for The Golden Ultra, I ventured to a little park in St. Paul that one of my friends told me about, and spent the afternoon weaving through the trails. It was absolutely perfect. So much solitude, so much natural beauty.
Best new piece of running gear
It is safe to say that this is the year when I fell in love with the Launch from Brooks Running. I have run in Glycerins for years and finally ventured into the Launch, starting to run in them more and more and even racing a few marathons in them. I love that they give me all the cushioning in the world, but still give me the support that I need.
Best running advice you’ve received this year
My chiro has been working on getting me to understand that self-care is SO important as a runner. I’ve never been good at this; I just love to run and want to do that. But I’m learning how important it is to strength training, foam roll, stretch, take baths… all of it. Beer counts too, right? 😉
Most inspirational runner
SHALANE. Hands down.
Favorite picture from a run or race this year
I love this picture so much. I really don’t remember this moment, I think after running up a mountain for so long, my mind was confused, but I do know I was so happy to see him at the top of the mountain — even if it was only for 10 minutes.
Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat
BOSTON. Always. I never run this race well, but it will always be one of my favorite races ever.
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
Absolutely amazing. This running year changed me in a lot of different ways. I learned so much — from not taking myself too seriously to how I can push my limits to how I am not superhuman and need a break from running, too. It has changed me as a runner and a human, and I can’t wait to see what next year brings.
How about you? How would you answer these questions for your running year this year?
What are you looking forward to in 2018?
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