I have really been looking forward to writing this post! Montana over at Pretty Lil Mudder has organized at link up of some amazing ladies who will be recapping their year in regards to running and racing!
I started running in 2013 so I am still a newbie to running, or so my coach tells me! ;o) But with that said, each year gets better and this year was no different. I worked my butt off and I was kindly rewarded for all the work I put in this year. I couldn’t be more grateful!
The best thing I did this year was hire my current coach! She has helped me build endurance, get faster, and due to all of that I have improved my confidence in my running. I couldn’t be more thankful!
So let’s recap the year!
Total Mileage for the Year: If I finish out the year according to my training plan I should have just over 400 miles. I was shooting for 500 miles but I am really happy with where I got this year. I wasn’t very committed to running the first half of the year and then I ended up in a boot due to Posterior Tibial Tendonitis so when you take that into account, 400+ miles is a great number!
Favorite Race Distance: 10 miles! This year was the first time I have ran a 10 mile race. It is by far my favorite distance! There is something about 10 miles, it is just long enough but not too long!
Favorite Race: Wow, I don’t know… I will say TC 10 Mile. It had an amazing course, great spectators, and I felt amazing running it! Okay, yes TC 10 Mile was the my favorite race, the more I think about it the happier I get!
Race That Didn’t Go as Planned: The Monster Dash did not go as planed! However, not the way you think. I went into that race hoping to PR by about 3 minutes. I started that race and it just felt like my race. I started at a faster pace than planned and thought I had nothing to lose, that move ended up paying off because I PR’d that race by 8.5 minutes! A full 5 minutes faster than planned!
Most Challenging Event: By far the YWCA of Minneapolis Women’s Triathlon was the most challenging event I did in 2015! It was my first triathlon and I was fully trained but was so much more than I expected. The swim was very challenging, I trained but I wasn’t ready for all the swimmers. Then when I got out on the bike course I developed a migraine. However, I wasn’t going to let that stop me from finishing, nothing was going to stop me. That race really pushed me outside my comfort zone but as they say, if you aren’t challenging yourself your aren’t changing!
Best Course: The Gary Bjorklund half marathon had the best course because of location. The course runs along Lake Superior and into Duluth, MN, the views were just amazing! It was a rainy day and the views were still amazing!!!!
Personal Record: See Race That Didn’t Go as Planned!
Event I’m most proud of myself for completing: It came down to two, YWCA Women’s Triathlon and Esprit de She Lakeville Duathlon. I am going to choose Esprit de She Lakeville Duathlon because I was so scared and unprepared. I had rode my new road bike all of 5 miles before the race and I had never done a race that had a transition. I remember getting towards the end of the first leg and thinking “oh my, I am so not ready for this!” I wasn’t, but I pushed and I finished and I could not have been more proud of myself!
It was a pretty amazing year for me and my running! As always, I pushed myself as far as I could out of my comfort zones and I was rewarded tenfold! I can only hope that 2016 is half as good as 2015 was. I have a majority of 2016 planned out and my running and race calendar is shaping up to be really challenging but very fun!