2015 Running Roundup

December is over today.  This YEAR is over today.  This is hard to believe.  Time to recap December, and the whole year, in running!  You can catch up on the rest of 2015 here: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, and November.  I set out in 2015 with a few goals related to running.  The first goal, that was updated in May, was to run 950 miles in 2015.  With tonight’s run, I will have 71 miles for December, and I will surpass my goal for 950 miles and end with 965 miles for 2015!

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My other running goals included PRing my 5k and 10k times, with under 30 minutes for the 5k, and under 62 minutes for the 10k, and running a half marathon with minimal walking.  I reached my 5k goal, and ran a PR of 29:29 at the Wild West 5k.  I missed my 10k goal by 1 minute, and ran 1:03:00 at the Plaza 10k, but I did finish the race hand in hand with my best friend Amy, which was a perfect way to PR the 10k!  During the KC Half Marathon, I ran over 10 miles before walking, and my body felt great, but I was dizzy, so I had to walk.  I ended up PRing my half marathon time by over 10 minutes, and only walked a little bit during mile 11.  I was very happy with all three of these races, and many other races (and PRs) in 2015 as well.

Overall, I’m extremely pleased at how my 2015 running year went.  I gained a lot of endurance, speed, and confidence in my running.  Though I had some setbacks with knee and hamstring pain, I am stronger, mentally and physically, than I’ve ever been going into 2016!

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I saw a fun little year end running questionnaire on a friends blog, and thought it would be a fun and different way to recap the year in running! I’d love for you to share your answers in the comments!

Best 2015 race experience – KC Half Marathon – I love this race, and I had a great race, a huge PR, and during the race, I decided to tackle the full marathon distance in 2016!

Best 2015 run – I had so many “best” runs… runs with Mom and Shay in Hays, runs with the Groupies, runs with my best friend Amy, runs in Milwaukee with my sister… so many memorable runs.  Some runs were great because the run was great, some were great because of the company  – one thing I know for sure, none of the runs in 2015 were regretted!

Best new piece of running gear in 2015 – Hoka Clifton shoes! I tried out Hokas about halfway through 2015, and haven’t looked back! I wear my Hokas almost exclusively, and I wear my Altras here and there also.

Best running advice you’ve received in 2015 – “I can do hard things.”

Most inspirational runner in 2015 – My sister, Kristen. She’s so strong and always pushes me to go harder, longer, faster, and stronger than I ever thought.  She runs for her cousin Martilee, who has Rett Syndrome, and is raising awareness and money to help fight Rett Syndrome.  She has focus, positivity, and consistency that I strive for every day.

Favorite race picture of 2015 – This picture was taken at the Plaza 10k, about a half mile after I caught up to Amy, with about 2.5 miles left in the race.  I stayed right behind her, and about .15 from the finish line, I popped up beside her and we ran in together, and crossed the finish line hand in hand!

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Race experience from 2015 you would repeat in a heartbeat – Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5k – HUGE fun party from start to finish!  The racecation was lots of fun, but unfortunately the half marathon weather was awful! The 5k though, definitely a fantastic experience!

Sum up 2015 in a couple of words – More than expected!

Here’s to a great 2016!

2015 Blog Stats

Last year around this time, I got a fun email from WordPress, with a bunch of fun stats about my blog for 2014.  Well, this evening I got another email recapping My Brave Wings’ stats for 2015!

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Here’s some of the fun stats from the WordPress helper monkeys:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 33,000 times in 2015. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 12 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

The busiest day of the year was October 27th with 474 views. The most popular post that day was KC 13.1 Recap.

In 2015, there were 150 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 208 posts.

Thanks for a fantastic 2015, I can’t wait to share more next year on My Brave Wings!

Monday Mentionings: December 28

Good morning! And welcome to the very last Monday Mentionings of 2015!  Last week was a short week at work because of Christmas, so Thursday afternoon I headed home for the holiday!  Jasper and I had a pretty nice drive home, and I listened to the last 2 episodes of Serial while I drove.

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I was home in time for dinner on Christmas Eve, and had yummy Chicken Noodle Soup.  Got to love on my puppy some too, before going to bed.
Christmas morning was spent with Mom, Dad, Kristen, and Thayne, opening gifts and watching the cats roll around with their catnip banana, and watching Shay carefully tear open her packages.  After we opened gifts, we had cinnamon rolls and checked our stockings.

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We also used my new selfie stick to get a family picture.  Yay for selfie sticks.  I love my family so much.


For lunch, we went across town to Grandma and Granddads for pork roast, cheesy potatoes, macaroni corn casserole, and lots of treats, and celebrated Christmas with Grandma and Granddad and my dad’s sister’s family from Topeka.

Granddad had fun playing with the selfie stick, and managed to take some great shots.


After lunch, we played some games, including Bingo and Exploding Kittens.  Grandma won at the first game of Exploding Kittens, and at dinner, she gave us an impression of what their kitten, Tiger, sounds like when he meows when he can’t find them.  Rolling laughter, by the way.  Grandma does an amazing (and loud) meow.  For bingo, Grandma came to the rescue with some rotini noodles since the bingo pieces were missing.

The selfie stick came in handy again taking our family photo, including Tiger, the newest member of the family.

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All in all, Christmas day was a great day, lots of laughter, family, and food.  I got some snuggles in with Jasper before bed.

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Saturday morning, Mom and I bundled up and ran 5 miles, then took Shay around the block.  It was super windy, and pretty cold, but the miles felt good.

We met Ava, Steve, and Leann at the Q for lunch, and that burger was Delicious with a capital D.

Ava came back home with us after eating, and we played some board games, sat by the fire, and watched some Netflix.  img_2241

Of course, I went to Cervs several times to get my snoball fix, and saw Maja on one of the trips!

By Saturday evening, it appeared Jasper and Gordon had become friends.  They touched noses several times, and were found laying together on the couch, and later on the bed.

Sunday morning was soooo windy and cold, but we didn’t want to go to the gym and pay to run on the treadmill, so we bundled up even more and went out for a few miles.  Man, that wind was rough.

In the afternoon, a bunch of the ladies of the family went to Joy.  It was a pretty good movie!

My favorite Christmas decoration is up on the corner of 27th and Willow in Hays, which made me happy.

Sunday night, Jasper and Gordon had an incident, and got into a bit of a fight.  I thought they were getting to be buddies, but they’ve had a few set backs.

Now this morning, I’m trying to figure out if I can or should make it home today.  There is no weather here in Hays, but there’s supposed to be a large and pretty crazy winter storm in eastern Kansas, with lots of snow and some ice too, so I’m just not sure how the interstates will be.  I’m hoping to make it home, because I’m supposed to work tomorrow!

Either way, this week will be a short week at work, and I’ll have another long weekend for New Years!  For those of you traveling, please be safe!