I like doing my ‘recap’ on the year of running events at the end of each calendar year. Just a little summary of what my main take-a-ways are from the events I participated in. I know I wrote a recap for each after they originally occurred, and I have all the stats and details on how I did on my Race Results 2016 link, but now that it has been a couple months since some of these events occurred I thought it would be fun to see what I think of when I reflect on what I did this year!
The Hypothermic Half Marathon was my first event of 2016. I really have nothing to say about this event, other than I know I signed up for it to include it as part of a training run. I really just remember being done and at brunch with Zita, Aimee and others, and us just talking about how unimpressed we were with the event. I had a good time hanging out with them, I got a training run in, and I will not be running this event in 2017.
Moonlight Run 10km in March. Always my first ‘race’ of the year. I always get nervous for it too! This was an exciting year as I got to wear my “Run Red Deer” shirt from the Woody’s RV Marathon, as I won “Runner of the Month” and was going to promote the Red Deer event at our local event! I also was able to finally win some prize money at the Moonlight Run! I always love this event not only because of how many people come out from the city to participate, but because of all the volunteers who are from Winston Churchill High School (where I teach).
Run the Trailbreaker Half Marathon back in Waukesha, Wisconsin, was a race to remember….as it was almost a blizzard the morning of the race! In early April! Weather was AWFUL but it made it fun for running. Again, I used this race as a training run for Boston, and it was helpful to have the race while I was home visiting family for Easter. Otherwise, I would have not wanted to go outside and run in that weather!
10 Mile Road Race was great this year, as I ran my personal best time for the event. I also was excited to win some prize money that would be taken to Boston! What I remember most from this day is that I locked my keys in my car 10 minutes before race start! When I finished the race, I borrowed Dennene’s phone to call AMA. They came and unlocked my car in time for the 10 mile awards!
BOSTON MARATHON….well, if this list wasn’t in chronological order and in an order where the best event of the year was talked about last….this would be it. I still can’t even wrap my head completely around this experience. Really, it wasn’t about just race day. It was about the years I have spent running full and half marathons….the times I failed to qualify….all the training it took to qualify….the waiting to race day….It was a process! My husband and I had a fantastic time in the city, touring it via public transit and my foot. We saw a baseball game, went on a brewery tour, ate awesome seafood, drank a lot of beer, and even ran the B.A.A. 5 km together. The trip will go down as one of my most memorable trips (in general). My proudest running accomplishment was qualifying for Boston…being able to run in Boston was the reward.
I did only one Spartan Race this year, and it was the Montana Spartan Beast. This was the first year I did not do the Montana race weekend with my husband Dan. But, I got to do it with my best friend Ali! She flew in from Redondo Beach, California, to deal with this crazy 14 mile course. She has continued to stand by her statement that this was the toughest Spartan Race she has ever done…even a harder course than the World Championship Course in Tahoe!
A local Lethbridge 51 elementary school put on a little 2km/5km event in May. The Lakeview Superhero 5km was a great event that the school did as a fundraiser for their new playground. Lots of kids were out there doing the 2km. It honestly was a bigger turnout than I expected! Having a local elementary school do an event like this helps get the kids interested in running at a young age, and that’s awesome!
I’ve done the Woody’s RV World Red Deer Half Marathon before. This was my 5th time running in it. But it was definitely the nastiest weather I have had to deal with at it! My husband also ran it (hadn’t trained at all) and of course….he did just fine. I still beat him, but my time was not that impressive. I was most impressed with him running while wearing a garbage bag as a poncho the whole time! The downpour was ridiculous!
I had sworn I wasn’t going to do this race again….and then I registered for it…again. The Calgary Marathon Weekend 50km Ultra was being held for the 3rd time, in conjunction with marathon weekend. I figured that since I had done Boston at end of April, and this was at end of May, my legs would still be primed for it. I also wanted to prove to myself that I could run it faster than I did the year before, as the heat was pretty nasty the first time I did it. It was again a tough race, but I felt more confident during it this time around. I cut off a bunch of time from my first year I ran it, and even walked away with 1st place in the female 30-34 category! I now have two trophies in my race bling collection, and they are both from the Calgary 50km Ultras! This race was also monumental as it was my little ‘farewell’ from running for a bit, as I would be going under the knife two weeks later for my foot surgery. Figured my foot was already messed up, nothing that a 50km road race couldn’t do to make it any worse!
Lethbridge Police Services Run is an event I’ve been enjoying every year. This year, I wouldn’t be participating in the half marathon, as my foot was not ready post-surgery. I did join our cross country runners as they ran in the 5km. It was a great event to be a part of, and I really enjoyed being able to see the kids out there. It was also my 32nd birthday, so that marked for a fun way to spend it!
The first event post-surgery that I attempted to “race” was the Bare Bones 9km. They have had a half marathon in the previous years, but this year it wasn’t an option. So, I chose the odd 9km distance. I pushed as hard as I could, and I felt completely beat afterwards, but I was pleased with how I finished and how my foot held up. It was far off my times I was hitting the year before, but it was a good start and a great sign of things to come post-surgery.
The Claus Cause 10km is another local event that I have participated in quite a few times. It was held in November, and we weren’t having November weather yet. I wore shorts during this run! It was still another test for my foot, and my foot did well. And of course, the gingerbread men ‘medals’ were handed out for top category runners. My gingerbread man had a bit of a foot issue….coincidence? I have said in the past and I’ll say it again—I love the events that Runners Soul puts on in town. It’s such a great ‘get-together’ at any of their events, because there are so many familiar faces!
My last ‘event’ of 2016 was the Santa Shuffle. Put on by Running Room Canada, this is a small casual 5km fun run. I signed up for this for the sole purpose of adding mileage to my daily training run, as I was right in the thick of things for my Goofy Challenge training by this first week in December.
So that was my 2016. 14 events over the course of 12 months. And considering I was out of commission for two of the months, I’ll take it. 2016 will always be the year I ran Boston….that’s for sure. That’s obviously what I’ll think of first. But, all these other events that surrounded it have a special place too. All the events I have ran since my first half marathon in 2004 have a special place. Sure, the medals I receive for finishing a race or placing in a race don’t have much monetary value….but they have value to me. Every. Last. One.
On to 2017! What will it bring……?!?!?!?!??!?!