The past couple years have seen a lot of changes in my life, but 2016 actually brought me at least a little stability. Though I'm still looking for a place to live, I DID find a fabulous job (as a race manager, of all things!) and am establishing myself in my hometown of Cleveland in a way I never expected. My weekends are FULL of racing now, and while that's usually because I'm managing or timing races for others to run, that hasn't kept me from getting my own mileage in over the course of the year. In fact, this year's mileage is higher than my past two years combined! Not only did I run more raw mileage than ever before, but I also crushed my old PRs at every distance I attempted in 2016. Oh, there's also that little "ran my first marathon" thing tucked in there too... Check out this year's racing stats review below!
Total mileage: 450.51 miles
Month with the most mileage: September (100.17 miles)
Month with the least mileage: January (4.11 miles)
Longest run: 27.89 miles
Total number of races completed: 14
Number of 5k races completed: 3
Number of half marathons completed: 9
Half PR time: 2:03:20 (Towpath Marathon Half)
Number of full marathons completed: 1
Full PR time: 5:56:35 (Marine Corps Marathon)
Oddball distance races completed: 1 (10M)
10 Mile PR time: 1:37:47 (Towpath 10-10)
Favorite race this year: Towpath Marathon Half. I'm always a sucker for Towpath races, and when you throw in a hefty PR (only a month after a previously-hefty PR) and the perfect day, this race has it pretty much locked up. Beautiful trail (even if it's a little monotone after a while), great people, cool swag, tons of friends... I really couldn't ask for more out of a race. This might end up being the all-time favorite, but it's early to make THAT big of a claim!
Accomplishment of which I am most proud: Most people would probably say "finishing a marathon" here, but honestly? I'm more proud of the fact that I trained for the marathon and actually stuck to my plan. Some people told me they didn't think I'd ever make it - but I put my mind to it and followed through.
How did 2016 treat YOUR fitness lifestyle? What were some of your favorite races or running accomplishments? What are you looking forward to in 2017? Any big goals?