We?re taking a look at the past year on Tuesdays on the Run today.
This has definitely been a year of highs and lows for me, and I can’t wait to read about how your year went, and what your favorite races were!
- Dec 26 Looking back on 2017
- Jan 2 Goals for 2018
runDisney 2017 – My Year in Review!
I was kind of excited that this was the topic for this week, I?ve been wanting to take a look back on my races from this year!
Plus, it gave me a valid excuse to take a picture I?ve been dying to take?
This is me. With all of the RunDisney medals I earned in 2017. (And YES the canceled Donald Half Marathon is in there – I ran – Caribbean Beach – in the rain!!)
I added it up.
Dopey Challenge = 48.6
Castaway Cay Challenge = 3.1
Glass Slipper Challenge + 5K = 22.4
Two Course Challenge + 5K = 22.4
Infinity Gauntlet Challenge = 19.3
Total runDisney Miles = 115.8 (!!!)
Honestly – my FAVORITE race from 2017 would have to be the Dopey Challenge in January.
Never in my life did I think I could accomplish something of that magnitude.
Shortly after those races, I hopped on the Disney Dream for the Castaway Cay Challenge. That run kind of sucked and I am pretty sure I had a small broken bone in my foot.
I finished. I got my medallion and then fancy medal. Worth it.
February brought about the Princess Half Marathon Weekend.
Honestly, I was pretty burnt out from running by that point. I traveled to Walt Disney World with my mom, aunt, and two kiddos (who were 1 and 2) ? and it was a LOT of work.
I don?t think I enjoyed myself as much that trip because of all the momming.
I did love running with friends though… the 5K was one of my favorite races, ever.
After princess, I canceled my trip to Tinker Bell. And then, canceled my trip to Disneyland Half Marathon. Both decisions I would regret immensely. (When can we do this again?)
Over the summer I didn’t run much. But I did lose 50 lbs.
I ran a half marathon in October that was not RunDisney – the Showdown Half Marathon in Fairview, Texas.
I decided to run – last minute – on my 32nd birthday. The race was fun, I finished, and it reminded me why I really love running at Disney.
November brought about a LOT of races. Those races were a lot less painful after dropping the extra weight.
Wine and Dine Half Marathon followed immediately by Super Heroes Half Marathon. I?m still recovering from all of those shenanigans.
But really, when I get down to it, my favorite race was that dang marathon. There aren?t really any words to adequately explain the feeling of crossing that finish line.
Apparently, the feeling is SO amazing that it makes you forget how much you hate training for a marathon and you sign up to do it again next year.
I know this from experience.
2017 was a good year for running. I crossed a big item off my bucket list.
I also started training using a Heart Rate Method vs. Intervals? we?ll see how long that lasts? but I am really excited to see what 2018 has in store for me!
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Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)