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!

RnR Las Vegas 5k Race Recap

Last weekend was the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas 5k! Mom, Kristen, and I traveled to Las Vegas for a fun little girls’ weekend and to run the 5k and half marathon.  Read all about our Las Vegas trip here!

We picked up our packets and went to the expo on Thursday afternoon, and enjoyed a couple days exploring the city before the 5k on Saturday night.

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Friday morning we had a quick shakeout run to the Fabulous Las Vegas sign, our first run in Las Vegas!

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Saturday morning was race morning! We all got dressed in our sparkle skirts and KC Running Company shirts, and headed out!

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We kind of did things backwards, by getting our pedicures and pampering done before the race!

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We had a late lunch at BURGR, watched the Bellagio fountains, and made our way to the race area, which was at the fairgrounds near the SLS Hotel.

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There were lots of other runners doing the 5k that we met on the Monorail.  I also found out that my sisser loves me… I almost didn’t make it onto the Monorail, but Kristen hugged me onto the train just before the door shut. Awww she loves me!

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The lobby area at the SLS was really cool, glass floors and ceilings that changed colors, lots of ceiling mirror selfies happened.

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The start/finish party area of the 5k was all set up and ready to go! We took some pictures, checked our bags, got some fun glow sticks, and got into the corrals.

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We started in the 4th or 5th wave, and off we went!! The race was tons of fun… we mostly stayed in and around the fairgrounds, and a good section of the race was an out and back, so we got to see the first few waves coming back towards us, which allowed us to see lots of fun costumes and outfits.  Kristen even got a high five from Meb Keflezighi, the winner of the New York Marathon in 2009, Boston Marathon in 2014, an Olympic silver medalist Marathoner, and overall amazing American runner, who was pacing one of the corrals (he also paced the half marathon).

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Once we crossed the finish line, we were handed our 5k medals, and grabbed our checked bags and got into some warmer clothes.  The race wasn’t cold, but it was chilly and dark.  If only we could have had the 5k weather for the half marathon the next day…

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We took the monorail back down the strip to it’s end, near our hotel, and were officially finished with 1 of 2 races!

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Read about the Rock ‘n’ Roll Las Vegas Half Marathon here, and read about our trip in Vegas here!