New Year, New Goals?

Let’s catch up on a few things. . . .

First off, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and the start of your new year has been a good one! I definitely enjoyed the holiday season, but I’m also not sad that the craziness has died down a bit.

On New Year’s Eve, Craig and I ran the Northern Lights Resolution Run. I ran easy with Craig, so I didn’t hurt my hamstring more. Plus, racing in the winter here in Alaska really isn’t a thing in my mind since it is too hard to run your best when the temperatures are so low and the roads are always covered in snow and/or ice.

It was slow-going at this year’s NYE race. The temperature was perfect (upper 30s), but that also meant the snow was sand-like and very difficult to run through. It was still pretty fun, but it did remind me that I do prefer to race a race!

To make new year’s resolutions or not to make new year’s resolutions. . . some people need a little extra motivation to accomplish a goal(s) for themselves and the start of a new year seems like a fitting time to do so. While others have no desire to. Maybe because it almost seems trendy not to set any new year’s resolutions?? I’m sure people feel like they will fail (or have failed in the past), so they figure what’s the point. Or maybe people are trying to be different and go against the flow.

Either way, I personally love the start of a new year for a fresh start at changing bad habits or working to create better new habits. But I also love the start of a new week and a new day to do the same.

I am constantly (all year long) setting new goals for myself whether it is with running, working to be a better wife and mother, make more homemade snacks, tidying up the house before bed, or improving my coaching technique–to name a few things I’ve worked on before.

Sometimes these goals fall at the start of a new year because I get excited to set new goals for myself since others are doing the same. Sometimes these goals fall during the month of April or August as I reevaluate my life and the things I want to accomplish.

The one thing I want to work on this year (or even for the next few months if that’s all it ends up being) is working to help Cullen learn to write his letters and say the sound(s) for each letter. I’ve been trying to spend 10-15 minutes a day working with him on holding the pencil correctly, having him connect the dots I drew to make each of the letters, and also saying the sound for each letter. So far he’s really enjoying it, and I want to keep these sessions short so he continues to like them.

The running log I use to track all of my mileage.

I don’t have any new running-specific goals–other than to get my right leg just as strong as my left leg, which was a goal that I started working on last month. I have been diligent about going to to the gym at least twice a week to work on single-leg exercises. I have also been going to yoga once a week, where we do balance poses that will help me gain more strength in my right leg.

As always, my other running goals include trying to get as fast as possible and set a new PR at every distance. (I don’t think that’s too much to ask for–ha!) But honestly, even just the pursuit of trying to get faster is fun, so I’ll keep at it for a while!

So whether you have a new year’s resolution or not, you know what’s best for you, and I wish you the best for a successful and happy 2019!

New Year, New Goals?

Let’s catch up on a few things. . . .

First off, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and the start of your new year has been a good one! I definitely enjoyed the holiday season, but I’m also not sad that the craziness has died down a bit.

On New Year’s Eve, Craig and I ran the Northern Lights Resolution Run. I ran easy with Craig, so I didn’t hurt my hamstring more. Plus, racing in the winter here in Alaska really isn’t a thing in my mind since it is too hard to run your best when the temperatures are so low and the roads are always covered in snow and/or ice.

It was slow-going at this year’s NYE race. The temperature was perfect (upper 30s), but that also meant the snow was sand-like and very difficult to run through. It was still pretty fun, but it did remind me that I do prefer to race a race!

To make new year’s resolutions or not to make new year’s resolutions. . . some people need a little extra motivation to accomplish a goal(s) for themselves and the start of a new year seems like a fitting time to do so. While others have no desire to. Maybe because it almost seems trendy not to set any new year’s resolutions?? I’m sure people feel like they will fail (or have failed in the past), so they figure what’s the point. Or maybe people are trying to be different and go against the flow.

Either way, I personally love the start of a new year for a fresh start at changing bad habits or working to create better new habits. But I also love the start of a new week and a new day to do the same.

I am constantly (all year long) setting new goals for myself whether it is with running, working to be a better wife and mother, make more homemade snacks, tidying up the house before bed, or improving my coaching technique–to name a few things I’ve worked on before.

Sometimes these goals fall at the start of a new year because I get excited to set new goals for myself since others are doing the same. Sometimes these goals fall during the month of April or August as I reevaluate my life and the things I want to accomplish.

The one thing I want to work on this year (or even for the next few months if that’s all it ends up being) is working to help Cullen learn to write his letters and say the sound(s) for each letter. I’ve been trying to spend 10-15 minutes a day working with him on holding the pencil correctly, having him connect the dots I drew to make each of the letters, and also saying the sound for each letter. So far he’s really enjoying it, and I want to keep these sessions short so he continues to like them.

The running log I use to track all of my mileage.

I don’t have any new running-specific goals–other than to get my right leg just as strong as my left leg, which was a goal that I started working on last month. I have been diligent about going to to the gym at least twice a week to work on single-leg exercises. I have also been going to yoga once a week, where we do balance poses that will help me gain more strength in my right leg.

As always, my other running goals include trying to get as fast as possible and set a new PR at every distance. (I don’t think that’s too much to ask for–ha!) But honestly, even just the pursuit of trying to get faster is fun, so I’ll keep at it for a while!

So whether you have a new year’s resolution or not, you know what’s best for you, and I wish you the best for a successful and happy 2019!

New Year, New Goals?

Let’s catch up on a few things. . . .

First off, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and the start of your new year has been a good one! I definitely enjoyed the holiday season, but I’m also not sad that the craziness has died down a bit.

On New Year’s Eve, Craig and I ran the Northern Lights Resolution Run. I ran easy with Craig, so I didn’t hurt my hamstring more. Plus, racing in the winter here in Alaska really isn’t a thing in my mind since it is too hard to run your best when the temperatures are so low and the roads are always covered in snow and/or ice.

It was slow-going at this year’s NYE race. The temperature was perfect (upper 30s), but that also meant the snow was sand-like and very difficult to run through. It was still pretty fun, but it did remind me that I do prefer to race a race!

To make new year’s resolutions or not to make new year’s resolutions. . . some people need a little extra motivation to accomplish a goal(s) for themselves and the start of a new year seems like a fitting time to do so. While others have no desire to. Maybe because it almost seems trendy not to set any new year’s resolutions?? I’m sure people feel like they will fail (or have failed in the past), so they figure what’s the point. Or maybe people are trying to be different and go against the flow.

Either way, I personally love the start of a new year for a fresh start at changing bad habits or working to create better new habits. But I also love the start of a new week and a new day to do the same.

I am constantly (all year long) setting new goals for myself whether it is with running, working to be a better wife and mother, make more homemade snacks, tidying up the house before bed, or improving my coaching technique–to name a few things I’ve worked on before.

Sometimes these goals fall at the start of a new year because I get excited to set new goals for myself since others are doing the same. Sometimes these goals fall during the month of April or August as I reevaluate my life and the things I want to accomplish.

The one thing I want to work on this year (or even for the next few months if that’s all it ends up being) is working to help Cullen learn to write his letters and say the sound(s) for each letter. I’ve been trying to spend 10-15 minutes a day working with him on holding the pencil correctly, having him connect the dots I drew to make each of the letters, and also saying the sound for each letter. So far he’s really enjoying it, and I want to keep these sessions short so he continues to like them.

The running log I use to track all of my mileage.

I don’t have any new running-specific goals–other than to get my right leg just as strong as my left leg, which was a goal that I started working on last month. I have been diligent about going to to the gym at least twice a week to work on single-leg exercises. I have also been going to yoga once a week, where we do balance poses that will help me gain more strength in my right leg.

As always, my other running goals include trying to get as fast as possible and set a new PR at every distance. (I don’t think that’s too much to ask for–ha!) But honestly, even just the pursuit of trying to get faster is fun, so I’ll keep at it for a while!

So whether you have a new year’s resolution or not, you know what’s best for you, and I wish you the best for a successful and happy 2019!

2018 Running Stats

To be honest, I thought it was a pretty doozy of a year for running. I didn’t set any new PRs (which hasn’t happened in a long time), I didn’t win any races, I didn’t log as many miles as I had hoped, I still didn’t run my sub-3 hour marathon, and there were far too many periods of injuries.

Of course there are good memories from the year. I did get to run the New York City Marathon, I was able to run 2018+ miles for 2018, I did place second at a couple of local races, and I was able to connect with a lot of runners in the community through the training groups I coach.

The pessimistic side of me is bummed, the optimistic side of me is thankful for the successes I did have, and the realist in me knows I did what I could with the cards that were dealt to me this year.

For fun, here’s a look at some running stats for this past year.

Total miles in 2018: 2077

For comparison:

2017: 2040

2016: 2031 miles –> inured for half of the year

2015: 2200 miles –> had an awesome year of training

2014: 1119 miles –> pregnant with Cullen February – October

2013: 2133 miles

2012: 2281 miles –> when I really started to take my training to a new level

2011: 1790 miles

2010:  1854 miles

Average daily miles: 5.7 miles

Average weekly miles: 40 miles

Highest weekly mileage: 75 miles

Longest training run: 23 miles

Places run: Anchorage, Alaska; Maui, Hawaii; Seattle, Washington; Waseca & White Bear Lake, Minnesota; Albany & New York, New York

Races run:

3/4/18 – Maui 5K (Maui, Hawaii) – 20:43

3/17/18 – Shamrock Shuffle 5K – 21:40

4/21/18 – Alaska Heart Run 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 19:04

6/1/18 – Twilight 12K (Anchorage, AK) – 49:19

7/15/18 – Hightail Quarter Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 44:50

8/4/18 – Alaska Distance Classic 5K & 10K (Anchorage, AK) – 5K – 20:18, 10K – 43:20

8/19/18 – Skinny Raven Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:29:51

9/9/18 – City of Lakes Half Marathon (Minneapolis, MN) – 1:29:41

10/13/18 – Zombie Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:28:04

11/4/18 – New York City Marathon (New York, NY) – 3:05:52

11/28/18 – Turkey Trot 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 20:01

12/31/18 – Northern Lights Resolution Run (Anchorage, AK)

PRs: none

Coolest race: NYC Marathon

Favorite race: Hightail Half & Quarter Marathon

Biggest high: Honestly, I didn’t have a lot of high-highs, but I did enjoy my build-up to the NYC Marathon.

Biggest low: being injured again

Hardest workout: 17 mile run with 2 x 6 miles @ GMP (goal marathon pace = 6:50), 1 mile hard [average pace for workout was 7:00]

Favorite memory: running the NYC Marathon

Coldest run: 6*F (real feel of -3*F) – Anchorage, AK

Hottest run: 83*F (80% humidity) – Waseca, MN

Favorite training shoes: Adidas Solar Glide Boost 

Favorite racing shoes: New Balance 1400

Pairs of running shoes I own: 17

My coach: self-coached this year

My assistant coach: my husband (Craig)

As we embark on 2019, I hope and pray that things will improve this next year, but it’s so hard to know exactly what will happen, so I will go in with a optimistic attitude but also know that life throws curve balls when you lease expect (plan!) for them.

2018 Running Stats

To be honest, I thought it was a pretty doozy of a year for running. I didn’t set any new PRs (which hasn’t happened in a long time), I didn’t win any races, I didn’t log as many miles as I had hoped, I still didn’t run my sub-3 hour marathon, and there were far too many periods of injuries.

Of course there are good memories from the year. I did get to run the New York City Marathon, I was able to run 2018+ miles for 2018, I did place second at a couple of local races, and I was able to connect with a lot of runners in the community through the training groups I coach.

The pessimistic side of me is bummed, the optimistic side of me is thankful for the successes I did have, and the realist in me knows I did what I could with the cards that were dealt to me this year.

For fun, here’s a look at some running stats for this past year.

Total miles in 2018: 2077

For comparison:

2017: 2040

2016: 2031 miles –> inured for half of the year

2015: 2200 miles –> had an awesome year of training

2014: 1119 miles –> pregnant with Cullen February – October

2013: 2133 miles

2012: 2281 miles –> when I really started to take my training to a new level

2011: 1790 miles

2010:  1854 miles

Average daily miles: 5.7 miles

Average weekly miles: 40 miles

Highest weekly mileage: 75 miles

Longest training run: 23 miles

Places run: Anchorage, Alaska; Maui, Hawaii; Seattle, Washington; Waseca & White Bear Lake, Minnesota; Albany & New York, New York

Races run:

3/4/18 – Maui 5K (Maui, Hawaii) – 20:43

3/17/18 – Shamrock Shuffle 5K – 21:40

4/21/18 – Alaska Heart Run 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 19:04

6/1/18 – Twilight 12K (Anchorage, AK) – 49:19

7/15/18 – Hightail Quarter Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 44:50

8/4/18 – Alaska Distance Classic 5K & 10K (Anchorage, AK) – 5K – 20:18, 10K – 43:20

8/19/18 – Skinny Raven Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:29:51

9/9/18 – City of Lakes Half Marathon (Minneapolis, MN) – 1:29:41

10/13/18 – Zombie Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:28:04

11/4/18 – New York City Marathon (New York, NY) – 3:05:52

11/28/18 – Turkey Trot 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 20:01

12/31/18 – Northern Lights Resolution Run (Anchorage, AK)

PRs: none

Coolest race: NYC Marathon

Favorite race: Hightail Half & Quarter Marathon

Biggest high: Honestly, I didn’t have a lot of high-highs, but I did enjoy my build-up to the NYC Marathon.

Biggest low: being injured again

Hardest workout: 17 mile run with 2 x 6 miles @ GMP (goal marathon pace = 6:50), 1 mile hard [average pace for workout was 7:00]

Favorite memory: running the NYC Marathon

Coldest run: 6*F (real feel of -3*F) – Anchorage, AK

Hottest run: 83*F (80% humidity) – Waseca, MN

Favorite training shoes: Adidas Solar Glide Boost 

Favorite racing shoes: New Balance 1400

Pairs of running shoes I own: 17

My coach: self-coached this year

My assistant coach: my husband (Craig)

As we embark on 2019, I hope and pray that things will improve this next year, but it’s so hard to know exactly what will happen, so I will go in with a optimistic attitude but also know that life throws curve balls when you lease expect (plan!) for them.

2018 Running Stats

To be honest, I thought it was a pretty doozy of a year for running. I didn’t set any new PRs (which hasn’t happened in a long time), I didn’t win any races, I didn’t log as many miles as I had hoped, I still didn’t run my sub-3 hour marathon, and there were far too many periods of injuries.

Of course there are good memories from the year. I did get to run the New York City Marathon, I was able to run 2018+ miles for 2018, I did place second at a couple of local races, and I was able to connect with a lot of runners in the community through the training groups I coach.

The pessimistic side of me is bummed, the optimistic side of me is thankful for the successes I did have, and the realist in me knows I did what I could with the cards that were dealt to me this year.

For fun, here’s a look at some running stats for this past year.

Total miles in 2018: 2077

For comparison:

2017: 2040

2016: 2031 miles –> inured for half of the year

2015: 2200 miles –> had an awesome year of training

2014: 1119 miles –> pregnant with Cullen February – October

2013: 2133 miles

2012: 2281 miles –> when I really started to take my training to a new level

2011: 1790 miles

2010:  1854 miles

Average daily miles: 5.7 miles

Average weekly miles: 40 miles

Highest weekly mileage: 75 miles

Longest training run: 23 miles

Places run: Anchorage, Alaska; Maui, Hawaii; Seattle, Washington; Waseca & White Bear Lake, Minnesota; Albany & New York, New York

Races run:

3/4/18 – Maui 5K (Maui, Hawaii) – 20:43

3/17/18 – Shamrock Shuffle 5K – 21:40

4/21/18 – Alaska Heart Run 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 19:04

6/1/18 – Twilight 12K (Anchorage, AK) – 49:19

7/15/18 – Hightail Quarter Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 44:50

8/4/18 – Alaska Distance Classic 5K & 10K (Anchorage, AK) – 5K – 20:18, 10K – 43:20

8/19/18 – Skinny Raven Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:29:51

9/9/18 – City of Lakes Half Marathon (Minneapolis, MN) – 1:29:41

10/13/18 – Zombie Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:28:04

11/4/18 – New York City Marathon (New York, NY) – 3:05:52

11/28/18 – Turkey Trot 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 20:01

12/31/18 – Northern Lights Resolution Run (Anchorage, AK)

PRs: none

Coolest race: NYC Marathon

Favorite race: Hightail Half & Quarter Marathon

Biggest high: Honestly, I didn’t have a lot of high-highs, but I did enjoy my build-up to the NYC Marathon.

Biggest low: being injured again

Hardest workout: 17 mile run with 2 x 6 miles @ GMP (goal marathon pace = 6:50), 1 mile hard [average pace for workout was 7:00]

Favorite memory: running the NYC Marathon

Coldest run: 6*F (real feel of -3*F) – Anchorage, AK

Hottest run: 83*F (80% humidity) – Waseca, MN

Favorite training shoes: Adidas Solar Glide Boost 

Favorite racing shoes: New Balance 1400

Pairs of running shoes I own: 17

My coach: self-coached this year

My assistant coach: my husband (Craig)

As we embark on 2019, I hope and pray that things will improve this next year, but it’s so hard to know exactly what will happen, so I will go in with a optimistic attitude but also know that life throws curve balls when you lease expect (plan!) for them.

2018 Running Stats

To be honest, I thought it was a pretty doozy of a year for running. I didn’t set any new PRs (which hasn’t happened in a long time), I didn’t win any races, I didn’t log as many miles as I had hoped, I still didn’t run my sub-3 hour marathon, and there were far too many periods of injuries.

Of course there are good memories from the year. I did get to run the New York City Marathon, I was able to run 2018+ miles for 2018, I did place second at a couple of local races, and I was able to connect with a lot of runners in the community through the training groups I coach.

The pessimistic side of me is bummed, the optimistic side of me is thankful for the successes I did have, and the realist in me knows I did what I could with the cards that were dealt to me this year.

For fun, here’s a look at some running stats for this past year.

Total miles in 2018: 2077

For comparison:

2017: 2040

2016: 2031 miles –> inured for half of the year

2015: 2200 miles –> had an awesome year of training

2014: 1119 miles –> pregnant with Cullen February – October

2013: 2133 miles

2012: 2281 miles –> when I really started to take my training to a new level

2011: 1790 miles

2010:  1854 miles

Average daily miles: 5.7 miles

Average weekly miles: 40 miles

Highest weekly mileage: 75 miles

Longest training run: 23 miles

Places run: Anchorage, Alaska; Maui, Hawaii; Seattle, Washington; Waseca & White Bear Lake, Minnesota; Albany & New York, New York

Races run:

3/4/18 – Maui 5K (Maui, Hawaii) – 20:43

3/17/18 – Shamrock Shuffle 5K – 21:40

4/21/18 – Alaska Heart Run 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 19:04

6/1/18 – Twilight 12K (Anchorage, AK) – 49:19

7/15/18 – Hightail Quarter Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 44:50

8/4/18 – Alaska Distance Classic 5K & 10K (Anchorage, AK) – 5K – 20:18, 10K – 43:20

8/19/18 – Skinny Raven Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:29:51

9/9/18 – City of Lakes Half Marathon (Minneapolis, MN) – 1:29:41

10/13/18 – Zombie Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:28:04

11/4/18 – New York City Marathon (New York, NY) – 3:05:52

11/28/18 – Turkey Trot 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 20:01

12/31/18 – Northern Lights Resolution Run (Anchorage, AK)

PRs: none

Coolest race: NYC Marathon

Favorite race: Hightail Half & Quarter Marathon

Biggest high: Honestly, I didn’t have a lot of high-highs, but I did enjoy my build-up to the NYC Marathon.

Biggest low: being injured again

Hardest workout: 17 mile run with 2 x 6 miles @ GMP (goal marathon pace = 6:50), 1 mile hard [average pace for workout was 7:00]

Favorite memory: running the NYC Marathon

Coldest run: 6*F (real feel of -3*F) – Anchorage, AK

Hottest run: 83*F (80% humidity) – Waseca, MN

Favorite training shoes: Adidas Solar Glide Boost 

Favorite racing shoes: New Balance 1400

Pairs of running shoes I own: 17

My coach: self-coached this year

My assistant coach: my husband (Craig)

As we embark on 2019, I hope and pray that things will improve this next year, but it’s so hard to know exactly what will happen, so I will go in with a optimistic attitude but also know that life throws curve balls when you lease expect (plan!) for them.

2018 Running Stats

To be honest, I thought it was a pretty doozy of a year for running. I didn’t set any new PRs (which hasn’t happened in a long time), I didn’t win any races, I didn’t log as many miles as I had hoped, I still didn’t run my sub-3 hour marathon, and there were far too many periods of injuries.

Of course there are good memories from the year. I did get to run the New York City Marathon, I was able to run 2018+ miles for 2018, I did place second at a couple of local races, and I was able to connect with a lot of runners in the community through the training groups I coach.

The pessimistic side of me is bummed, the optimistic side of me is thankful for the successes I did have, and the realist in me knows I did what I could with the cards that were dealt to me this year.

For fun, here’s a look at some running stats for this past year.

Total miles in 2018: 2077

For comparison:

2017: 2040

2016: 2031 miles –> inured for half of the year

2015: 2200 miles –> had an awesome year of training

2014: 1119 miles –> pregnant with Cullen February – October

2013: 2133 miles

2012: 2281 miles –> when I really started to take my training to a new level

2011: 1790 miles

2010:  1854 miles

Average daily miles: 5.7 miles

Average weekly miles: 40 miles

Highest weekly mileage: 75 miles

Longest training run: 23 miles

Places run: Anchorage, Alaska; Maui, Hawaii; Seattle, Washington; Waseca & White Bear Lake, Minnesota; Albany & New York, New York

Races run:

3/4/18 – Maui 5K (Maui, Hawaii) – 20:43

3/17/18 – Shamrock Shuffle 5K – 21:40

4/21/18 – Alaska Heart Run 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 19:04

6/1/18 – Twilight 12K (Anchorage, AK) – 49:19

7/15/18 – Hightail Quarter Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 44:50

8/4/18 – Alaska Distance Classic 5K & 10K (Anchorage, AK) – 5K – 20:18, 10K – 43:20

8/19/18 – Skinny Raven Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:29:51

9/9/18 – City of Lakes Half Marathon (Minneapolis, MN) – 1:29:41

10/13/18 – Zombie Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:28:04

11/4/18 – New York City Marathon (New York, NY) – 3:05:52

11/28/18 – Turkey Trot 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 20:01

12/31/18 – Northern Lights Resolution Run (Anchorage, AK)

PRs: none

Coolest race: NYC Marathon

Favorite race: Hightail Half & Quarter Marathon

Biggest high: Honestly, I didn’t have a lot of high-highs, but I did enjoy my build-up to the NYC Marathon.

Biggest low: being injured again

Hardest workout: 17 mile run with 2 x 6 miles @ GMP (goal marathon pace = 6:50), 1 mile hard [average pace for workout was 7:00]

Favorite memory: running the NYC Marathon

Coldest run: 6*F (real feel of -3*F) – Anchorage, AK

Hottest run: 83*F (80% humidity) – Waseca, MN

Favorite training shoes: Adidas Solar Glide Boost 

Favorite racing shoes: New Balance 1400

Pairs of running shoes I own: 17

My coach: self-coached this year

My assistant coach: my husband (Craig)

As we embark on 2019, I hope and pray that things will improve this next year, but it’s so hard to know exactly what will happen, so I will go in with a optimistic attitude but also know that life throws curve balls when you lease expect (plan!) for them.

2018 Running Stats

To be honest, I thought it was a pretty doozy of a year for running. I didn’t set any new PRs (which hasn’t happened in a long time), I didn’t win any races, I didn’t log as many miles as I had hoped, I still didn’t run my sub-3 hour marathon, and there were far too many periods of injuries.

Of course there are good memories from the year. I did get to run the New York City Marathon, I was able to run 2018+ miles for 2018, I did place second at a couple of local races, and I was able to connect with a lot of runners in the community through the training groups I coach.

The pessimistic side of me is bummed, the optimistic side of me is thankful for the successes I did have, and the realist in me knows I did what I could with the cards that were dealt to me this year.

For fun, here’s a look at some running stats for this past year.

Total miles in 2018: 2077

For comparison:

2017: 2040

2016: 2031 miles –> inured for half of the year

2015: 2200 miles –> had an awesome year of training

2014: 1119 miles –> pregnant with Cullen February – October

2013: 2133 miles

2012: 2281 miles –> when I really started to take my training to a new level

2011: 1790 miles

2010:  1854 miles

Average daily miles: 5.7 miles

Average weekly miles: 40 miles

Highest weekly mileage: 75 miles

Longest training run: 23 miles

Places run: Anchorage, Alaska; Maui, Hawaii; Seattle, Washington; Waseca & White Bear Lake, Minnesota; Albany & New York, New York

Races run:

3/4/18 – Maui 5K (Maui, Hawaii) – 20:43

3/17/18 – Shamrock Shuffle 5K – 21:40

4/21/18 – Alaska Heart Run 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 19:04

6/1/18 – Twilight 12K (Anchorage, AK) – 49:19

7/15/18 – Hightail Quarter Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 44:50

8/4/18 – Alaska Distance Classic 5K & 10K (Anchorage, AK) – 5K – 20:18, 10K – 43:20

8/19/18 – Skinny Raven Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:29:51

9/9/18 – City of Lakes Half Marathon (Minneapolis, MN) – 1:29:41

10/13/18 – Zombie Half Marathon (Anchorage, AK) – 1:28:04

11/4/18 – New York City Marathon (New York, NY) – 3:05:52

11/28/18 – Turkey Trot 5K (Anchorage, AK) – 20:01

12/31/18 – Northern Lights Resolution Run (Anchorage, AK)

PRs: none

Coolest race: NYC Marathon

Favorite race: Hightail Half & Quarter Marathon

Biggest high: Honestly, I didn’t have a lot of high-highs, but I did enjoy my build-up to the NYC Marathon.

Biggest low: being injured again

Hardest workout: 17 mile run with 2 x 6 miles @ GMP (goal marathon pace = 6:50), 1 mile hard [average pace for workout was 7:00]

Favorite memory: running the NYC Marathon

Coldest run: 6*F (real feel of -3*F) – Anchorage, AK

Hottest run: 83*F (80% humidity) – Waseca, MN

Favorite training shoes: Adidas Solar Glide Boost 

Favorite racing shoes: New Balance 1400

Pairs of running shoes I own: 17

My coach: self-coached this year

My assistant coach: my husband (Craig)

As we embark on 2019, I hope and pray that things will improve this next year, but it’s so hard to know exactly what will happen, so I will go in with a optimistic attitude but also know that life throws curve balls when you lease expect (plan!) for them.