To be honest, I thought it was a pretty doozy of a year for running. I didn’t set any new PRs (which hasn’t happened in a long time), I didn’t win any races, I didn’t log as many miles as I had hoped, I still didn’t run my sub-3 hour marathon, and there were far too many periods of injuries.
Of course there are good memories from the year. I did get to run the New York City Marathon, I was able to run 2018+ miles for 2018, I did place second at a couple of local races, and I was able to connect with a lot of runners in the community through the training groups I coach.
The pessimistic side of me is bummed, the optimistic side of me is thankful for the successes I did have, and the realist in me knows I did what I could with the cards that were dealt to me this year.
For fun, here’s a look at some running stats for this past year.
Total miles in 2018: 2077
2016: 2031 miles –> inured for half of the year
2015: 2200 miles –> had an awesome year of training
2014: 1119 miles –> pregnant with Cullen February – October
2013: 2133 miles
2012: 2281 miles –> when I really started to take my training to a new level
2011: 1790 miles
2010: 1854 miles
Average daily miles: 5.7 miles
Average weekly miles: 40 miles
Highest weekly mileage: 75 miles
Longest training run: 23 miles
Places run: Anchorage, Alaska; Maui, Hawaii; Seattle, Washington; Waseca & White Bear Lake, Minnesota; Albany & New York, New York
3/4/18 – Maui 5K (Maui, Hawaii) – 20:43
3/17/18 – Shamrock Shuffle 5K – 21:40
4/21/18 – Alaska Heart Run 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 19:04
6/1/18 – Twilight 12K (Anchorage, AK) – 49:19
7/15/18 – Hightail Quarter Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 44:50
8/4/18 – Alaska Distance Classic 5K & 10K (Anchorage, AK) – 5K – 20:18, 10K – 43:20
8/19/18 – Skinny Raven Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:29:51
9/9/18 – City of Lakes Half Marathon (Minneapolis, MN) – 1:29:41
10/13/18 – Zombie Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:28:04
11/4/18 – New York City Marathon (New York, NY) – 3:05:52
11/28/18 – Turkey Trot 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 20:01
12/31/18 – Northern Lights Resolution Run (Anchorage, AK)
Coolest race: NYC Marathon
Favorite race: Hightail Half & Quarter Marathon
Biggest high: Honestly, I didn’t have a lot of high-highs, but I did enjoy my build-up to the NYC Marathon.
Biggest low: being injured again
Hardest workout: 17 mile run with 2 x 6 miles @ GMP (goal marathon pace = 6:50), 1 mile hard [average pace for workout was 7:00]
Favorite memory: running the NYC Marathon
Coldest run: 6*F (real feel of -3*F) – Anchorage, AK
Hottest run: 83*F (80% humidity) – Waseca, MN
Favorite training shoes: Adidas Solar Glide Boost
Favorite racing shoes: New Balance 1400
Pairs of running shoes I own: 17
My coach: self-coached this year
My assistant coach: my husband (Craig)
As we embark on 2019, I hope and pray that things will improve this next year, but it’s so hard to know exactly what will happen, so I will go in with a optimistic attitude but also know that life throws curve balls when you lease expect (plan!) for them.