- I completed 10 races.
- One challenge series.
- Won an AG award.
- 2 Destination Races - if only in the Midwest!
- Completed my FIRST MARATHON!
- 6 Half-Marathons
- One DNF - well, I walked it.
- One DNS ( major bummer )
It's hard to believe that it's all come to an end, and truthfully if I wrote about it all, you'd be bored by the end and it would take me all day. But, sticking to running, all-in-all it was a pretty fantastic year!
For the last several years, I have completed the Polar Dash Half Marathon on New Years Day. It's a Minnesota right of passage because it's always so ASS cold. Yes, I said ASS. Of course, the year I decided to skip the race it was 25 degrees...and for Minnesota standards that's beach weather. Instead, my children let me sleep in on Sunday until 7:45 am. I'm not going to lie, it was fantastic! Yes, I'm bummed I didn't get to run this year, but I did get in 6.5 miles this morning so that was great!
My year is STATS:
- 10 races
- 1,007.75 miles
- 97,000 calories
- 202 days run
- 1 DNS
- 1 DNF ( I walked it, so I guess I finished )
- 1 Injury
Marathon training started for me Mid-February. I was nervous and excited at the same time. Unfortunately, about week 7, the nag in my leg was confirmed Femoral Stress Fracture. Thankfully, I had caught it early and had been nursing the leg for 3 weeks before I went to the sports medicine doctors. I had 7 weeks off from my normal running schedule. It was hard and at times I felt completely lost.
It was during that time, that I had my very first DNS and another race a few weeks later that I stepped down to the 5K and just walked. It was a major bummer, but my eye was on the prize of that finish line! And.....
In June, I DID IT. I crossed that marathon finish line even after my injury! Grandma's Marathon was not something I'll ever forget. I finished and I will relish in that moment for the rest of my life. And... you know what? I'm coming back for more in 2017 and will be running the course again. I was happy I finished, but I KNOW I am capable of so much more. Stay tuned!
|Lola's Half Marathon, Kari - Me - Lisa|
I've learned that the running community is truly awesome! Really! Truly awesome and you have all touched my lives in different ways and I'm thankful for that.
I've learned that races are ALWAYS so much better with friends!
|I35 challenge - Kansas City & Des Moines|