Yes, gratitude. It has been a predominant theme, mantra and state of mind for me these past two years.
I made it through an unexpected 3-month sabbatical from all things running in 2017. In 2018, I was rewarded with a renewed sense of gratitude for the simple act of running, and being able to CHOOSE to do it (in all conditions).
Enter 2019...and things got even better.
It was a year of comfort zone violating. Anyone remember the Polar Vortex, back in January? Iowa saw temps 30F below ZERO range... and with the crazy windchill, we were rocking sub (negative) 50F's. It wasn't just a single day, either. These temps were some of the lowest we've ever seen, and certainly were not conducive to outdoor running. Hence, the treadmill. There was a lot of treadmill time. A lot. Although I never grew to love dear ((old)) Milly, I did become a tiny bit more tolerant.
|many, MANY miles with Milly|
|post-run stretching happened a lot more|
|new hashtag #mileswithGustavas|
|There were a lot of #fastedcardio sunrise runs|
It was a year filled with racing. Nineteen races (and a 76-mile team relay), thank you very much. There were tough conditions (18 miles of rain at Marine Corps Marathon), fast & furious finishes (Drake Relays Grand Blue Mile), and even my first-ever first place overall (female) win (Jingle for a Cure 5K). Links to all of my race recaps can be found on my Let's Race page (HERE).
1-mile - 1
5K's - 5
8K's - 1
10K's - 5
7-mile - 1
10-mile - 1
20K - 1
13.1 - 4
26.2 - 1
Team relay - 1
|This fast mile took me several minutes to catch my breath afterwards, a few hours of coughing before my dry throat was better, and I had DOMS for almost a week LOL|
Enough about me...How did 2019 treat you? Breakthroughs in your training? Fun races? Any PR's?
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