Goal #1: Run the Cleveland Marathon all by myself without freaking out.
|Melissa, Rachel, and me at the Expo|
|The Ambassadors at the starting line|
Mission Accomplished! I definitely had moments of insecurity at the VIP Dinner, but I ran that sucker all by myself like a boss. From this race, I learned that I don't necessarily need to rely on anything (like music) or anyone to run a marathon.
Goal #2: Run more trail races.
|Me, Candice, Kristin. Burning River, Leg 5|
|Goddesses + Mother Runners. Leave No Trace Half Marathon|
|Marta, Me, Nicole, Spooky Ghost. Run with Scissors Half Marathon|
Goal #3: PR at the Akron Marathon. This was a stretch goal, I admit. The weather on the day of the race was incredibly hot and humid, and I was tempted to drop to the half. I really freaked myself out. . .and then I got my shit together and got the job done. I told myself that I would just run easy because it was silly to believe that I could PR in that kind of weather. . .but I still wanted to meet that goal.
|Still freaked out at Expo|
Mission Accomplished! I PR'd by about 90 seconds, and I consider that an incredible accomplishment. I learned that I am much stronger than I think, and I think I'm pretty badass.
Goal #4: Run at least 1,500 miles.
Mission Accomplished! I learned that the best way for me to train is to put in lots of longer miles, one of which must be a midweek long run of 7-10 miles. This was the best way for me to run two marathons without getting injured.
I finished my running year with eight miles on the Towpath with Marta. It was bitter cold, and the snow wasn't packed, so we got a great glute workout.
|We look like we are about to rob a bank, but really we are gearing up for the run.|
I have had a successful running year, and now I'm thinking about my new goals for 2018. I've got some ideas, but I will leave that for another post. For now, I'm going to bid you a Happy New Year. I hope you met your goals for the year, and I hope you have some challenging goals for next year. Whatever your goals, I hope you run happy, Peeps!
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