2017 Running Recap

Time for one of my favorite posts of the year! As always, thanks to Kim for the inspiration 🙂

Races participated in: 10
Races “raced” (of x amount above): 3. I was going to make a comment about how this is the most I’ve ever raced, but then I looked back on my past annual recaps and it’s definitely not, haha. It is, however, one of the only times I’ve ever been able to give a definitive response for this, so that’s something 😛
DNFs: 0
DNSs: 0

Distances
5K: 2 (a personal annual low!)
8K:
2
Half Marathon:
5 (far and away a personal high. My previous record was 3.)
Marathon:
1
States Run In: 6, another new personal high! Although it looks like I used to only count this as states raced in, not states run in. Regardless, I went to way more places this year than ever before, and consequently ran in way more places this year than ever before. This year, I ran in Illinois, Michigan, California (new to me, both as a state and a running destination!), Tennessee (new to me!), New York (new to me!), and Nevada (new to me!). It was a pretty big year for destination running, I’d say. I’m bummed I was too sick to run when I was in Washington, D.C. in May 😦 I’m writing this post the week before Christmas, and there’s a very small chance I may run in Washington (state) while I’m out there this week, but I’m not counting on it.

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Road: 10
Trail: 0
Months Run In: 12

Hottest race: For the first time ever, this is a tough one. (I don’t keep track of the actual weather on race day, so I’m just going off memory.) It was either Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville, where they pushed the start of the race up by 30 minutes due to the heat (it approached 90 that day, though I don’t think it was in the 90s while we ran), or the Chicago Half Marathon, where it also got up to 90 that day. Bizarrely enough, Rock ‘n’ Roll Chicago had some of the best race day weather (at least from a seasonal perspective) out of all of the races I did this year. Go figure.

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Coldest race: Jingle Bell Run Chicago, easily. It was only in the 20s.
Windiest race: I’m going to give this crown to Jingle Bell as well, because the headwind in the second half of that race was no. joke. It was windy during the Illinois Half Marathon, too, but not at ALL like at Jingle Bell.
Wettest race: That’s a three-way tie between Rock ‘n’ Roll Nashville, the Chicago Half, and the Chicago Marathon, not because it rained at any of those events–there wasn’t a cloud in the sky for the duration of any of them–but because I think I dumped as much water on my head during those races as I drank and was soaked through by the time I finished all of them. Yay hot runs 😐

Races I ran for free: 0. Another first 😦
Race entries I paid for other people: 0

Participation medals received: 13. Why yes, yes I did end up with more medals than races run. I got a bonus medal at Illinois for doing the Half I Challenge, a bonus medal from Rock ‘n’ Roll for doing two of their races, and though it hasn’t arrived yet, I’m also supposed to receive a bonus medal from Rock ‘n’ Roll for doing three of their races. In related news, I’ve run out of space on my medal rack. In equally related news, I think the regularity of handing out medals at the end of races has gotten a little out of control.

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AG medals received: 0 😦 Oh, odd year Jingle Bells, how you break my heart!

PRs:
Goose egg 😦 Since I started running in 2011, this is the first time I didn’t log any PRs. It’s a bit disappointing, especially on the half marathon front since I ran so many of them, but hopefully I’ll have better news to report in 2018’s annual recap.

Favorite medal: Nashville. Say what you will about Rock ‘n’ Roll, but as far as medal design goes, I think they’re the best in the business. I love that this one lights up!

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Favorite picture: Mt. Roosevelt.

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I don’t often buy pictures from MarathonFoto, but I believe it’s required by runner law to hand over your credit card to MarathonFoto if you’re able to look that genuinely happy at the top of Mt. Roosevelt at mile 26.1 (or so) of a MARATHON. I regret nothing.

What I particularly appreciate about that picture is that I sent this picture to my parents two weeks before the race so they’d know (more or less) what I’d look like on race day, saying, “I forgot to take pictures of my outfit after the 20 miler this year because my brain was melting from all the heat. Fortunately, CARA’s photographer got one of me, so this is what you can expect to see on race day. Don’t hold me to that expression, though.”

2017 CARA Ready to Run 20 MilerPhoto credit: Chad Marek of Endurance Photo

WELL WELL. Look who was able to manage that expression on race day! 😀

Miles run in 2017: 802.42 (+238.02 from 2016, with the ENORMOUS caveat that my 2016 total doesn’t include any of my many, many 2016 treadmill miles. I estimate that I ran up to 100 miles on the treadmill in 2016, which would make this +138.02 from 2016 instead). This is, of course, assuming that my GPS watches were accurate, which as I most certainly learned the hard way this year, was not always the case. But that’s what my Polar annual report + my Garmin reports say, so that’s what I’m going with. (Speaking of Garmin: is there an easy way to get it to tell you your annual mileage? The only thing I could find was a chart with monthly mileage, but I had to add up the monthly totals individually. I find Garmin Connect, both the website and the app, to be fairly unintuitive compared to Polar’s interface, however, so it’s possible I just don’t know how to get the data I’m looking for.)
Of those, miles done on the treadmill: 5.74

BOOM. This was probably one of the pettiest, stupidest goals I’ve ever had as a runner, but at some point during marathon season, it occurred to me that I hadn’t logged one single marathon training mile on a treadmill, and I decided I wanted to keep it that way. It’s so irrelevant and unimportant (and not even meaningful, really – I didn’t log any treadmill miles during marathon training in 2015, either), but I guess after doing SO many runs on the treadmill last year, I got a pathetic amount of pride out of not running on a treadmill this year. I only ran twice on a treadmill all year: once in February, and once at Runn Chicago.

Anyway, treadmill hatred aside, this was FAR and away the highest annual mileage I’ve ever logged. My previous recorded PR in that department was 671.58 in 2015. I was also in training for a lot more of this year than ever before (last week of January through the second week of December with no time off by my definition – “time off” by my definition meaning not running for a full week by choice, not by injury- or illness-induced force), so I can’t say I’m surprised. I also have an even greater appreciation for people who manage to log 1000+ miles annually after all of this. While I think my body could’ve handled more miles this year, my mind certainly couldn’t. I was really, really tired of running by the time I was finally done training for the year, and I can’t imagine adding any extra training time onto my schedule (or somehow adding 198 more miles into the training I did).

It was a weird year in running for me, on the whole. Most of my race times were not anywhere near what I’d like, and marathon training was a wildly demoralizing experience, especially after Labor Day. The marathon itself, however, went so well that I’m really still not over it almost three months later. That was the highlight of my whole year in running, and I kind of feel like it made up for every disappointment I had in the half marathon department this year (of which there were PLENTY). I don’t have any super solid goals for running in 2018, other than at least putting effort into trying to PR my half marathon, but I’m looking forward to running a couple new races, seeing some new sights, and hopefully not getting food poisoning during marathon training this time around 😉

 

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10 thoughts on “2017 Running Recap

  1. Congrats on your highest mileage year! That’s awesome! Hmm, I can’t find yearly mileage in Garmin either, without adding by month. Strange!

    I also think medals have gotten out of control. I still enjoy them, though (but am not upset if a race doesn’t have one).

    It’s funny to see your anti-treadmill numbers on a day when I am so proud of myself for running on the treadmill INSTEAD of going outside. Ha ha ha.

    Running in 6 different states this year is so awesome!

    Thanks for the link!

    • Thank you! I don’t think I’d care so much about the medal abundance if I had some place to store them, but now that they’re going to pile up without anywhere for me to put them, it’s a bit more of a nuisance. It also makes the ones I receive feel a little less special, I think – it felt like a real accomplishment to earn a medal for a half marathon or full marathon, but when you get the same hardware for doing a 5K, it doesn’t feel quite as important anymore. An admittedly small problem in the grand scheme of things, though!

  2. Great year! I have never been able to even get close to 1000 miles in a year so nice job! Plus I know you have a lot of variety in your training as well – i.e. dance – so running a ton of miles is even harder!
    You can get your annual mileage in Garmin Connect by looking at the calendar and then selecting year (top right) then below the calendar it will have your total mileage (you can narrow by activity type too). It is strange that the reports don’t tell you that info.
    Medals are fun but when your collection starts growing they start to mean less. I definitely have medals that are my favorites!
    I also don’t run much on the treadmill but I should do it more because for me the alternative in the winter is that I just don’t run!

  3. So I just found your blog BUT I think we ran a majority of the same races this year … the joys of being an IL runner. I was super excited to get in a 10k in England in Early December. What are your race plans for this year?? Springfield – Abe Lincoln Half Marathon is AWESOME.

    • No way! That’s a cool coincidence 🙂 Running in England sounds amazing! You’re the second person who’s recommended the Springfield Half Marathon to me. I don’t think it’ll fit into my schedule, but now that I’ve heard so many good things about it, I’m seriously considering it for 2019! My big races this year will be the Illinois Half Marathon and the Chicago Marathon, along with a handful of Rock ‘n’ Rolls, the Shamrock Shuffle, and possibly one or two other half marathons as well 🙂

      • Bethany, when you decide on those two other half marathons/which rock n rolls you plan to run … you should share so that local folks can plan to meet up. I live in Central IL BUT I head north for a majority of my races. p.s. I wish I could plan for a full marathon BUT my body seems to revolt.

  4. The funny thing is Bethany, I’ve run that race for the last 3 years as it always coincides with my birthday and is only a 2 hr drive from home. I will let you know if I plan to run chicago this year. Do you mind me asking which ones are out of state??

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