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!

Thursday Thoughts: Happy New Year

Happy New Year!  We came back home to KC on Sunday after a whirlwind couple of weeks in Hays for Grandpa’s funeral and Christmas.

Jasper seemed happy to come back home and see all his normal things.  He spent a while staring out the window and watching the birds in the tree.

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James and I bought Jasper a water fountain drinking bowl – he always likes to sit in the shower when I trickle the water on and drink from the faucet, so we thought it would be a good idea to try out this bowl.  He wasn’t too sure of it at first, and after he played in it and got the floor all wet, he decided it was okay to drink from.

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I had my last run of 2014 on Tuesday (December 30), which was actually the first run I’d had in 10 days! I did 5 miles on the treadmill because the wind chill was crazy low, and parts of it hurt, but I got through, and finished 2014 with 845 total miles.  I’ve already written about my 2015 goals, I’m excited to hit the ground running this year!

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James and I had a low key New Years Eve, which was perfect after the crazy last few weeks.  We ate at Barley’s Brewhaus, then came home and ran in the new year from our comfortable and cozy couch.

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This morning, a friend and I ran in the KC Track Club New Years Day Fun Run, which was cold, but fun.  We got 4 miles in the books, then had some hot chocolate to warm up.  About 150 people ran this morning, it was a great way to start the new year! I even won a pair of shoes from Garry Gribbles in the raffle!

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This afternoon, James and I are going to a movie and will relax the rest of the day.  Did you party hard to ring in the new year? Share your 2015 goals below!