Year in Running – 2016

(sorry, no photos on this one)

I’m trying not to laugh at this title.  Technically I did run in 2016 but it was hardly a robust year of running.  That said, I figured it would be interesting to look back and summarize what I actually did this year.

In 2016 I ran a few races.  When 2015 ended I was in full on running mode.

I started 2016 by joining a half marathon training program at a local running store.  Overall that was a great thing for me and I really liked it.  I liked the accountability of a group and having someone else map out my runs.  What I didn’t like was that it wasn’t very convenient for me, so the Saturday 8a long runs had me up very early.  Plus, it was cold and as it does every year, chest congestion got the best of me.  But in hind sight, joining that group was a great thing and if I can find a more convenient group, I’ll do it again.

In March I ran the Savin Rock Half Marathon.  This was the race the training group was for, but since I bailed on it towards the end, I was not prepared.  My sister did this one with me and were it not for her, I probably would have skipped it.  The weather was around 32 degrees at the start.  Brrrr.  I did a lot of walking in this one.  I made the decision to walk all the hills and was glad I did, because they were TOUGH.  The end was rough, but I did finish.  The next day I hopped on a plane to China.  Yikes!

In April I ran the BAA 5K as part of the Boston Marathon.  That was cool.  Decent uneventful run.

In June I ran the NYRR Mini 10k in Central Park.  At this point I was running a bit and feeling OK about this race.  It was tough.  CP is HILLY, which I didn’t really realize.  It was also the largest race I’ve ever done, which was nuts!

Later in June I ran the Fairfield Half.  Again, somewhat under trained (big surprise!).  That said, I had clear goals for this race and met (and exceeded) them all.  None were related to time which was nice.  I actually enjoyed this race and would do it again.  But it was HOT!

I pretty much didn’t run at all after the Fairfield Half.  While in South Africa I ran almost 4 miles once, but that was pretty much all the running I did from July through November.

In November I ran the Fairfield Turkey Trot and did not enjoy it.  Once again, under trained, or under prepared because I didn’t even attempt to train.

And now it’s December and I haven’t run at all since November (except for small bursts during OTF).  Thankfully I do still teach two spin classes a week which has helped me somewhat maintain my cardiovascular fitness.  I’m also back in the OTF groove.

I’m going away for Christmas and just may try to get some running in, but we’ll see. Going into January/February is a tough time for me because I typically get a bad chest cold.  Hopefully it skips this year, but who knows.

Regardless, I’m hoping to get back to running in the milder temps.  I’m thinking maybe trying to get back outside in March and potentially on a treadmill sooner.

A friend of mine had a baby in October and we talked about the Fairfield Half being her goal race.  I’m up for that!

So we will see what happens in 2017.  Till then, happy holidays!!!!

December

I’ve been ignoring this little blog and just took a look at my stats and was very suprirsed to see that people are still reading.  Not many, but more than 1.  I figured I owe you folks something interesting to read.

Happy December!

Stuff has been BUSY!  Looks like I haven’t posted since around Halloween, so I’ll do my best to give an update.

November – Wow, so much happened in November!

Epic tailgate party at MetLife Stadium for One Bro Pizza Co.

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There were actually a lot more people in the photo but unfortunately they got bumped since Instagram likes a square photo.

That was 11/6.  8 days later we moved.

We bought a house!  So yeah, there’s been all the crap that goes along with that process.  Cleaning up the old place, packing, packing, and packing some more, more cleaning, and lots of keeping those fingers crossed.

Thankfully it all worked out and here we are.  Trying to get used to all the good and bad that goes along with owning a house (versus a condo).

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We moved in on Monday 11/14 and hosted our first overnight guests that weekend (yes, we’re crazy).  Friends came into town to see the Big Head Todd Blues Club, so we all hosted and we went and enjoyed some good music.

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It was a very cool intimate venue.  I used to see live music all the time and haven’t been in ages, so it was a welcome change.

The following week was thanksgiving and of course we were hosting!  Because why not?

But first, a 5 mile turkey trot in the AM.  My sis and I headed there around 7a for the 8:15a start.  Parking was nutty but we ended up getting a pretty good spot.  We hung out a bit and then went our separate ways (her to the front, me to the back).

Let me just tell you that at the end of August I ran almost 4 miles in South Africa.  That was the last time I’ve run.  Nice.  So these 5 miles were going to be interesting.

They ended up OK.  Slow, but OK.  I did have to stop and walk a little during the last mile, but who cares.  Thankfully during the run I had no pain.  Did I enjoy the run?  No, not really.  The course was OK but I just wasn’t feeling it.  All good.

Most of my photos are disgusting, but here’s the only one that is tolerable.

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So happy!  (not really)

So that ended and we headed home where the rest of the day had some interesting ups and downs but overall was lovely.  My legs were TIRED and the next day I felt a bit like I had been beat up.  Guess that’s what you get for zero training.  Oh well, I survived.

And now we are full on into the holiday season and the busyness that goes with it.  Trying to keep things in check but we’ll see how that goes.

The NYC Half Marathon entry came and went and I let it go.  That race is freaking expensive and I just didn’t want to spend that sort of money on a race.  I like the $60 price point.  This one is $145.  Yuck.  I keep thinking about signing up for another race thinking it will boost my motivation. Thing is, I’ve signed up for two in the past for just that reason and it didn’t work.  All I ended up doing was running a race under-trained.  So what good is that?  So i continue to wait for my epiphany.  We’ll see what happens.

So that’s what’s been going on here.  A lot and not much at the same time.  Interesting how that happens.

I’ll continue to pop in periodically or when I have something of value to say.

If i’m not back before, have a happy holiday season and new year!!!