2016 Running Recap

This is one of my favorite posts to write every year. I love looking back on my year in running and reflecting on my accomplishments (and, ahem, lessons learned 😉 ) throughout the year. As always, thanks to Kim for the template.

Races participated in: 11
Races “raced” (of x amount above): Definitely one, though maybe three based on how much effort I put in. The Jingle Bell 5K was the only race I went into this year with the intention of doing well, however.
DNFs: 0
DNSs: 0ish. I don’t count Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas as a DNS because I officially dropped out of the race and got all of my money back before the event began, so if you searched my name on the results, you couldn’t find anything. It was the only race I’ve ever registered for and then not run in some capacity (though I did register for the Chicago Half Marathon and then only ran the 5K this year as well, but again, I had officially switched races on that event as well).

Distances
5K: 4
8K: 
1
10K: 1
10 Mile: 1
Half Marathon: 
2
Marathon: 
2
New-to-me distances: None! This is the first year that I haven’t had any automatic PRs from running a new distance 😦 It was also the first year I’ve run more than one marathon, though.

States run In: 5, yet again. It would’ve been six if I had done Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas, which would’ve been the most states I’ve run in in one year. Regardless, this year I ran in Illinois, Washington, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Michigan.

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Road: 11
Trail: 0
Months run In: 12. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to say that for the first time since I started doing these recaps, but fortunately I was cleared to run after my foot/ankle injury in mid-November, so I managed to get a couple (total) miles in that month as well.

Hottest race: Soldier Field. It was hot and humid and miserable and I’m so glad I’m not signed up to run that race again next year.

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Coldest race: I’m guessing the Jingle Bell 5K. It would’ve been the Good Life Race, but I believe it was in the 30s that day, while it was only in the 20s for Jingle Bell.
Windiest race: The Good Life Race was probably the most noticeably windy for a substantial portion of the race, but I don’t think anything will ever compare to the wind I flew running over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge during the Tacoma Narrows Half. That’s the only time my shirt has ever blown up during any run, ever.
Wettest race: No rain on race day this year, fortunately. Nothing will ever compare to the eight miles of downpour I ran through on the back half of my 18 miler in August, however.

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Races I ran for free: 1
Race entries I paid for other people: 0

Participation medals received: 9
AG medals received: 1! Second place in my AG at Jingle Bell! (It’s the medal on the right)

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PRs:
8K: 
41:32 (0:06 PR)
10K: 
56:22 (1:06 PR). I worked all spring with the goal of PRing my 10K. It was really my only major running goal for 2016. Despite all of this, I completely forgot that I PRed this race until I started going through my results from this year. Oopsies! Maybe I blocked the memory since that race was so hard.

Races run alone: 9
Races run with others: 2
Acted as pacer: 0

Favorite medal: Tacoma Narrows Half. I loved the colors (even though they’re not great in this picture) and the that it showed the bridge on it.

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Bib: I honestly don’t have any idea…

Miles run in 2016: Well, I had every intention of posting an accurate number this year by meticulously tracking every single mile I ran on a treadmill this year. I recorded all of those in a note on my iPhone that I never synced with my computer because I didn’t think that was at all necessary. Then my phone committed suicide in August, and I lost everything, including all the miles I had run on a treadmill up until late August, of which there were MANY. After I lost eight months worth of data, I stopped caring about my treadmill miles, so all I have are the miles I covered outside. That, for those curious, is 564.4. With how much I ran on the treadmill this year, though, I wouldn’t be surprised if my real total was closer to 75-100 miles more than that.

So there’s my year in running in 2016. It wasn’t my fastest year by any means, but I’m still pretty happy with how things turned out. Running 26.2 miles on my 26th birthday was probably the highlight, despite it not being my best marathon experience by any means. I’m looking forward to running several half marathons next year and hopefully staying out of the boot for a long time 🙂

 

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4 thoughts on “2016 Running Recap

  1. Congrats on a great year of running!! Ugh, I have sworn off summer races forever. There’s one in July I’ve run the past two years and I’m just like, “why the f%#$ do I keep signing up for this?!” Unfortunately training for Chicago might necessitate a late summer half marathon *gulp* this year, so I’ll just keep my fingers crossed. Speaking of, will I see you there???

    • Thanks! I swore up and down that I would never, EVER do Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago ever again after running it in 2015, because half marathons in Chicago in July are just a stupid idea…but I’m already registered for next year’s race >.< Haha. Oopsies! But with training for Chicago, I have to do long runs during the hot summer weather regardless, so as long as I accept that the half marathon is strictly a training run, it's easier to swallow the temperatures, since I was going to have to do it anyway. And yes, you will see me at Chicago next year! I'm still waiting on the info I need to register (I got in through the Chicago Area Runners Association's partnership with the marathon, and it's taking…awhile for them to process things. Haha. They've confirmed to all of us that we do have entries, but they won't have everything organized until next month), but once I get what I need, I'll be officially in.

  2. Congrats on a great year! That is funny you forgot about your 10K PR when it was such a big goal! I tend to forget what I did in the beginning of the year, which is why it’s good to do these recaps! 🙂

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