2017 – The Year of BIG DECISIONS.
This year was a challenge, in some of the best and worst ways.
The biggest thing about 2017 was that it involved a lot of BIG decisions and major life changes. We found and bought a house, and I started a new job. As in, we signed all the paperwork in the morning, and I got a job offer in the afternoon. Those kinds of decisions are challenging but have ultimately been so rewarding! With those sorts of changes, our travel schedule was a little altered this year. We managed a couple trips to Chicago (my BFF got married!), a weekend of camping and watching movies, and an excellent time decorating for Halloween and Christmas in our new home. 2018 shall be The Year of Entertaining at Home! Come visit, ’cause we’re saving our money and getting the house in tip top shape.
Of course 2017 was full of running too! A 50k finish (!!!!), 2 marathons and a good mix of road and trail trainings. I also started a strength/cardio circuit class that I have been almost regularly attending twice a week all year.
Miles run in 2017 to date: 1088!
Races run in 2017: 12 – I think?
January – Rocks and Roots Trail Series 20k
January – Brokeman’s Running Co. Winter Warm Up Half Marathon
February – Rocks and Roots Trail Series 30k
March – Seamus O’Possum 30k
April – Athens Marathon
May – Playin’ Possum 50k (!!!)
June – Gary Smith Worthington Classic
September – Squatch Trail 10k
September – Yo Momma’s Old School Trail 25k
October – Columbus Marathon
November – Hot Chocolate 15k
November – Salt Fork Trail Challenge 10 miler
That’s it for all the races I paid to run this year! Some great ones, some tough ones. I am happy with the mix of trail and road races, with the early part and the later part of the year being mostly dedicated to trails and trail training. Rocks and Roots 2017 was still cold cold cold, so cold all my water froze in to slushies. But there were no tears this year, and also no unexpected snow storms!
February warmed up for Rocks and Roots. Enough to turn the course in to a sloppy disgusting mud pit. Every step of that race was a challenge in staying upright and moving forward. Seamus O’Possum 30k was a lot of fun, it’s one of the first trail races I’ve ever done where I was running completely on my own. I knew some volunteers but none of my usual running buddies were there. The 30k felt like a great distance to me, and was a good preview of the later 50k course. April brought me to the Athens (Ohio) Marathon. I thought I was pacing myself well, but something went off the rails at that race. I was slow and sluggish, and started feeling nauseous around mile 20. Things just didn’t feel right that day at all.
I did get to finish my first 50k! I put the frustration of the Huff behind me, and enjoyed the excellent course and company for the Playin’ Possum 50k race. This race is put on by such a great group of people and it benefits the Special Olympics of Delaware County. Knowing that your race dollars go to a great cause makes all the pain and suffering worthwhile.
In June, I ran the Gary Smith Worthington Classic, and this year was especially meaningful because it was my final run as a librarian in Worthington. Things on my race schedule really slowed down as we moved in to the house and I started my new job in July.
September had two trail races that were so much fun I almost questioned why I was running another dang road marathon. But the Columbus Marathon is a special privilege and even when it’s hot and humid and it hurts, the Children’s Hospital patients make this another rewarding race experience.
Aside from my own races, I also had the excellent experience of pacing at crewing at a 24 hour endurance race this year.
My BRF (best running friend) had a rough start to 2017 and was coming off of a few injuries. I really missed running with her and was so happy to share the experience of O24 (Outrun-24) with her. She was going for a distance PR of 100k and dammit we got her there. I loved the course so much that I’m going back to try my hand at it in 2018. I don’t think I have 64 miles in me, but my two goals are to 1. Run more than a 50k and 2. Have Fun. There is a great group of runners (many seasoned O-24 runners) attending this year, and I will have my boyfriend along for the ride. He will get to camp and meet a lot of my running buddies. I hope he enjoys it!
Additional races/goals for 2018: Rocks and Roots 40k in January, 10k in February, Seamus O’Possum in March, possibly Playin’ Possum in May, and the Chicago Marathon in October.
Hope you all have a happy and healthy 2018. Keep on runnin’.2017 Year in Running Review