It's been a busy year for this gal. Not only did I have a PR in terms of monthly mileage (several times), but I also set a new PR in terms of yearly mileage as well. Currently (as of Monday, December 26th), I'm at 956 for yearly miles! I expect I will come close to topping 970 in the final days of 2016..stay tuned.
What all went down? Here's a brief synopsis:
5 - 5K's
3 - 8K/5-milers (one was on a trail)
6 Half Marathons
1 12-hour Ultra
1 OCR event
|All of my event bibs from 2016|
Here's a month-by-month breakdown:
My first race of 2016 happened on New Year's Day in Huntington Beach,CA at the Run in the New Year 5K. I met up with a Facebook friend, Kristina (and her friend, Stephanie) and we ran, chatted, and laughed our way towards AG awards for all three of us!
|New Years Day with Kristina|
The only race this month was the Red Flannel Run (Recap) ...the temps were very cold and there was a lot of wind. The thing is, we were in downtown Des Moines, and many of the tall buildings blocked the majority of the wind. The problem? I was all layered up, expecting much colder "feels like" temps...and I was very much over-dressed for five miles. Oops.
In early March, the husband and I traveled to Fort Pierce, FL to support our son (and his swim team) at the NJCAA finals. While there, the husband and I ran the Race the Runway 10K (Recap)...an actual race on an airport runway!
|How many finish lines are surrounded by airplanes?|
|With Eric, the hubby, Barb, (myself) and Dave|
The Live Healthy Iowa 5K took place in my hometown.I didn't get a PR, but I managed a first place age group finish (in a relatively small field of racers).
My first half marathon of 2016 happened on May 1st in Iowa City. The Red Shoe Run (Recap) was a new-to-me event, and the course was very hilly. The temps were cool and damp, but (thankfully) the forecast rain held off until after we finished. Low and behold, after a two year plateau, I was able to claim a sub-2 hour finish time!
Every year, my favorite race is Dam to Dam (another Des Moines half marathon). This was my ninth time running it (Recap). In the week leading up to the start lilne, I had a mild flare up of Plantar Fasciitis, so I gave my foot plenty of TLC and downtime. We had near-perfect weather, I made it through most of the race unscathed, though the final couple miles were a little uncomfortable.
|With the hubby (his 5th D2D)|
|It's not everyday your bib number matches your distance|
This was my third time running in the Sully Freedom Fun Run 5K (Recap). I was rewarded with a 2nd place AG medal.
|With Barb and Chuck|
|With Jamie, Penny, Maggie, (myself) and Michelle|
The only event on my calendar for August (in addition to recovering from the ultra) was my first-ever OCR event. The No Man's Land Trench Run (Recap) involved seven-plus miles of gravel roads, grass trails, and numerous obstacles.
|That would be a 20-pound sand bag...not heavy but awkward to carry|
Early September had me running the Park to Park half marathon (Recap) in Waterloo, IA. This was my sixth time running this race, and this year we were blessed with several flooded river crossings (due to recent rain).
|Myself with Rhonda, Jessica, and Kelly|
The IMT Des Moines Marathon is one of my must-do events every year. This year, I ran the Mercy Live Up Loop 5-Mile on Saturday (Recap), and the Half Marathon (Recap) on Sunday.
In November, I road-tripped (again, with my gal pal, Barb) almost eight hours to Tulsa, OK for the Route 66 Marathon (Recap). We ran the 5K on Saturday (more as a shakeout run...but later learned we both placed fifth in our respective age groups). The marathon on Sunday was a great event, but I was plagued with some unexpected hip/groin pain for most of the race. The route is very hilly (which I knew it would be) and there was a lot of wind on race day (which I was anticipating), but the hip/groin stuff totally blind-sided me. Even though it proved to be the toughest race I've ever run, it was a beautiful course with a lot of awesome crowd support.
|Barb and I at the 5K|
|pics from MarathonFOTO as I crossed the Marathon finish line|
And finally, December. Not a lot has been happening other than the Runner's World Run Streak, which began on Thanksgiving morning (and will conclude on New Year's Day). My recovery from Route 66 has been my main priority over running, but I have been able to do 1-mile daily runs for most of the Streak. I am now 33 days into the Streak, and only have six more days to go. This past week, I started to add gradual mileage to some of the runs...nothing grandiose and certainly nothing fast.
How did 2016 play out for you? Challenges? Conquests? Are you ready for 2017?
I'm linking up with Marcia and Erica and Patty for Tuesdays on the Run and also with Deb for the Wednesday Word (which, for this week, is Peace).