|HAPPY BIRTHDAY, sweetie!!!|
I haven't run in over two weeks. Not a single step (unless you count darting across a traffic intersection when the "walk" sign has begun its final blinking warning).
I don't miss running at all. Not one bit!!!
I know I should probably get back on track soon to avoid completely losing my conditioning, but honestly I don't care that much. (Horrible, I know.)
All of that aside, I am linking up with Marcia, Patti, and Erika for today's Tuesdays on the Run topic, which is "Highlights of Your Running Year."
Looking back, I was pleasantly surprised how many high points I had in a year where running often seemed more burdensome than fun.
I set new PRs in the 10-Miler and Half Marathon
The 10-Miler PR was one of those magical days where I learned the body is capable of much more than what the mind believes. I actually set three new half marathon PRs during the year! I was thrilled when my third PR result achieved my year-long goal of breaking 2:10.
|From the CARA Live Grit 10-Miler with Marcia, Erin, Sara, Wendy, and Zenaida|
I crossed a few more states off of my goal of racing in all 50 states.
I ran in Washington, DC (and a little bit of Virginia), two races in Indiana (here and here); and two races within 24 hours in Texas (race 1 and race 2).
|From the Rock N Roll DC Half Marathon|
I also added two new countries to the list of locales in which I ran. What amazing experiences it was to run in Seoul and Jerusalem!
|Representing Chicago at the Olympic Park in Seoul|
I ran the highest number of races for the first time and/or purely for fun/swag than ever before. This includes the Shamrock Shuffle, the Race to Wrigley, the Cinco de Miler, the BTN Big 10K, Fort2Base (also a new-to-me distance), and the Super Bears Shuffle.
|From the Race to Wrigley 10K|
I experienced no major injuries this entire year. I don't think I'll ever be completely devoid of the niggling aches and pains resulting from wonky knees and hips. But I am proud and relieved to realize that for an entire calendar year I never experienced any physical problems that resulted in me involuntarily taking time away from my training. That is a HUGE win for me. I credit running my training runs at a comfortable pace, plus doing lots of yoga, strength-training, and cross-training.
In the meantime, stay tuned for an upcoming post on my 2015 Running Lowlights (thanks to Pete for the idea!)...