Now that we are at the finish line of 2017, it’s fun to look back and reflect on the year’s highs and lows–or for runners, its fasts and slows. 🙂 Putting together my 2017 running year in review reminded me of all the miles I ran and the friends and family who supported me along the way.
The Year of Destination Races
2017 was the year of destination races. We took the train to New York City for the NYC Half Marathon, flew to Denver for the Colfax Denver Urban 10, and drove to Bethlehem for the Runners World Half Marathon. Of these, I’ve already signed up to go back to Denver because I can combine the trip with a visit to my daughter and because it had the best post-race festival I’ve ever seen.
Photo courtesy RunColfax
The Year Of Half Marathons
While I still prefer 10 milers, 2017 turned into the year of half marathons. I started the year with the NYC Half Marathon in March, and then ran the Runners World Half Marathon in October and the Wilson Bridge Half Marathon in November.
13.1 miles is a long way!
The Year Of Age Group Placings
I consider myself a solid middle of the pack runner, but this year I earned a few age group placings in smaller races: Reston 10 Miler (5th), Denver Urban 10 (5th), Reston Perfect 10 (5th), Jingle All The Way 15k (2nd).
The Year’s Best and Worst Race
The NYC Half was my goal race of the year, and it did not disappoint. My husband and I enjoyed exploring the city the day before the race, and the race logistics and weather conditions ended up being perfect.
I have the best race photo to remember it by
The NYC Half also ended up being my worst for “injuries” since I broke my crown on a Cliff Shot Block some where around mile 8. That also made the NYC Half my most expensive race of the year, once I added my dentist bills to the tally!
Best and Worst Race Shirts
I think my favorite race shirt was from the Runners World Half.
I like how they integrated the old Bethlehem steel factory stacks into the design.
On the other hand, the Reston 10 Miler, Denver Urban 10, and GW Parkway Classic are tied for the worst, although I think the Denver shirt is the dullest of all.
What’s with all the grey?
A Year’s Worth Of Bling
I really don’t run for bling, but I do like clever medal designs. Here again I think the Runners World medal wins with its industrial I-bar design.
Not shown: medals from the Lawyers Have Heart 10K and Army 10 Miler
And, that’s a wrap!
Start the first weekend of 2018 off right by joining Deborah and me on Saturday January 6 for the Ultimate Coffee Date link up!
Do you have a best and worst for 2017?