2015 Running Review

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What a year it has been! It’s funny…sometimes it feels like I’ve come such a long way and other times it feels like I should be further along than I am.  I do, however, remember back in 2013 when I could barely run a few steps and look at me now – two half marathons later! Who knew?

Greatest accomplishment: Finishing the Disney Princess Half Marathon two steps ahead of the balloon ladies. Well, perhaps more than two steps, but considering I was in the second to the last corral and made two unplanned stops along the way. I even managed to shave about six minutes off the previous year when I didn’t stop. I think the net effect was a much better race! Shorter time, half the pain!

Second greatest accomplishment: The MCM10K. I smile every time I look at that bib and medal. Not sure why, but it gives me the warm and fuzzies. It just feels like a huge accomplishment … it could be because it was my first run in the rain or, most importantly, that hill near the end of the race.

Proudest race: (I had to call it something other than an accomplishment) The Across the Bay 10K. Why?  The first 1.7 miles was uphill. Need I say more?

Biggest (EPIC) fail: Psyching myself out of completing the Clarendon 10K. The walk of shame back up the hill was more painful, I’m sure, than had I went ahead and finished the downhill race (it took just as long to get back to the top). Oh well, live and learn.  This might be a redemption race for me in 2016.

Biggest improvement: I completed one 10K in 2014. In 2015, I completed four 10k’s. Two races and two training runs! Now THAT is the way to end the year! Bring on 2016!


Grandma to Full Marathon

262230What is the significance of the following two numbers? 26.2 and 230. The significance is positive over a negative. Or perhaps craziness over failure. Well, 230 is the bib number of the 10K race that I quit shortly after the start. Why am I saving that bib as part of my vision board? It will always remind me not to give up. That’s not to say that I won’t ever have another bad race, but a reminder that while I had a bad race, I completed two 10K’s afterwards (no, not the same day.

What about the 26.2? Well, with the help of my sisters, I’ve decided that the one item that I swore would not be on my bucket list, is now…dare I say it out loud…should I speak it into existence? A full marathon in 2017. I haven’t decided which marathon, but it will most definitely have at least one of two criteria…RunDisney or fast and flat (emphasis on FLAT).

I’m actually still trying to wrap my head around the thought. I alternate between being really excited to having a churning feeling way down in the deepest, darkest recesses of my stomach. I think it’s possible. I guess they say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger; so it stands to reason, that if the training doesn’t kill me, I’ll be strong enough for a full marathon. My goal is to use that bib number 230 to get to my next challenge 26.2 miles in 2017.