2016 Running Recap

The final day of December is here!  I am in Detroit with Chris and his family, and we are headed out for a 4 mile run to end 2016.  With today’s 4 mile run, my total miles for December will be 74 miles, and my total for 2016 will be 1025 miles, surpassing my goal (!!!) of running 1000 miles in 2016!  You can catch up on every month of 2016 here:  January, FebruaryMarch, AprilMay, June, JulyAugustSeptemberOctober, and November.

I ran a total of 15 races in 2016, including my very first duathlon, and I ran 5 half marathons too, with a smattering of other race distances.  I had a rocky start to the year with lots of knee pain and after seeing a couple doctors, and running fewer miles in January and February, I was very happy overall with how my running went this year.  I have wanted to reach 1000+ miles, and I’m so glad I was able to reach my goal this year!

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I have some of my favorite photos from this year of running to share and look back on.

Top left: Amy and I running on New Years Day, kicking off the year with a run! Top right: The Kickoff 5k, my first race of 2016.  Bottom left: Running a virtual race for Rett Syndrome, with Momma.  Bottom right: One of many cycle classes I took trying to rehab my knee. I really enjoyed cycling and look forward to continuing it as a fun cross training exercise.

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Top Left: Running with my best girl, Shay. Shay passed away earlier this year, and I always remember our runs fondly, she was truly the best running partner.  Top right: Hays running with Mom in the early summer months, warm and windy.  Bottom Left: 5k in Hays with Michelle and Amy, and the fun weekend we had over the 4th of July.  Bottom Right: My first duathlon, what an experience!

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Top Left: My very first run with Chris, at the start of our relationship this summer.  Top Right: My 2nd 5k (Glow Run) of the day, after running the Diva Dash earlier that morning.  Bottom Left: Running with Mom and Kristen in Milwaukee after Kristen’s Ironman.  Bottom Right: Long run in Hays with Chris and Mom, after bringing Chris home to meet my family.

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Top Left: The KC Half Marathon, Chris’ first half marathon and the third time I’ve done the KC Half.  Top Right: The Longview Half Marathon, my last half marathon of 2016, with the ladies from KC Running Co.  Bottom Left: Running with the fam, home for Thanksgiving.  Bottom Right: Treadmill long runs with Chris by my side.

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I have several goals for 2017 that I’m mulling over, and will write a post sometime this week or next; until then, for 2017, I have a quote that I recently saw and it really hit home with me.  I will be keeping this quote in my mind as 2017 develops and try to do this with each of my runs and in my life: “Run and become. Become and run. Run to succeed in the outer world. Become to proceed in the inner world.” -Sri Chinmoy

Goodbye 2016.  2017, be ready!

Monday Mentionings: December 26

Merry Christmas!!!! I hope everyone enjoyed a family filled weekend with good treats and the best company.  I have a few photos to share today, as I travel back home to KC.

Chris, Jasper, and I celebrated Christmas early last week, because we had a busy week and then we both went opposite directions for Christmas.  Jasper had more fun playing with the tissue paper than with his jingly ball and crunchy turtle, but I’m sure he’ll get around to playing with them too.

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Sisser and Thayne came to KC Thursday night, and we had Joe’s KC BBQ, of course.  It was tasty, as always. I had my first Z-Man sandwich, with chicken instead of pork.  Tasty!

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I drove home Friday after work, and Jazzy was my travel pal.  Chris drove up to Detroit, and I’ll be flying up later this week to meet his family and ring in the New Year in Eastern Standard Time!

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Friday night, we chilled at home after having nachos and margaritas. I helped Mom and Dad set up their new iPhones!

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On Christmas Eve, we spent most of the day at Grandma and Granddads, having pizza, opening gifts, and playing games.  It’s always great to spend time with family, and I’m so thankful for this family.

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Later in the afternoon, Mom and I ran, it was beautiful out! I even ran in shorts… ON CHRISTMAS EVE!  I was getting chilly by the end, as the sun was about to set, but it was so beautiful outside.  I was dressed in gray, and Mom was dressed in Santa and Sparkles.  And a jingle bell, that jingled with every single step of our 3 mile run.

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Jazzy has been adapting to the life of travel pretty well.  He’s not allowed out with the other kitties, because there have been fights in the past, and I really don’t want blood spilled! He’s been able to roam the house on several occasions, either when Mom and Dad’s kitties are outside or with different rooms barricaded off to keep them separated.

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Christmas morning was spent with Mom, Dad, Kristen, and Thayne, and rotating kitties in and out of the living room.  We opened gifts and had cinnamon rolls for breakfast.

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Later in the afternoon, after a freak Christmas Day thunderstorm, I went out for a run, and Mom joined in partway through.  It was SO windy outside, but sunny after the storm.  It was really nice to see no cars at any businesses.  I saw a few people outside walking, and I even saw a Santa riding a motorcycle, but I didn’t see any fellow runners.

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Christmas night we had pheasant and cheesy potatoes, which is probably my very favorite meal ever, and watched football, played with phones, and enjoyed the fireplace.

I’m really excited to fly to Detroit to meet Chris’ family.  The holidays are so special to me, and I’m so thankful to be able to see everyone I love and spend time just being together.  I’m not sure if I’ll have a post next Monday, so if I don’t get a chance to post, be sure to have a safe and happy New Year!!

1000!

Just a quick note to say I reached 1000 miles for 2016 tonight! This has been a goal of mine since I started running regularly; I’m so happy to have reached 1000 in one calendar year, and there is still 10 days left of 2016!

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