2015 is winding down. ?Can you believe it?
We have 2 week left of Tuesdays on the Run for the year; then it’s off to 2016.
Let’s talk about running highlights from the year. ?What did you love about running in 2015? ?Do you have any moments (good or bad) that stand out for you and made a difference in your running?
Tuesdays on the Run this week: ?Highlights of 2015 in Running.
Highlights of 2015 in Running
2015 was a weird running year for me.
It started off, oh, not so great with a race far, far away. ?My ideal race, runDisney’s Star Wars Half Marathon in Anaheim, was a performance disaster. ?I’m not a runner who focuses on speed or time. ?I don’t hold myself up to high levels when it comes to performance goals, so you know when I say it was a disaster, I am not exaggerating.
It was a very cool race with the best characters I’ve seen on a runDisney course.
The running part? ?Yeah, that sucked.
It was during this race that I decided 2015 would be a lot different for me. ?And for the most part, it was.
After my races in February (also horrible, horrible, horrible from a running aspect- but plus 10 for fun!) I took a long break from running.
Months, y’all. ?I think from March to May I ran about 6 miles.
Believe it or not, this IS a highlight in my running year. ?My break taught me a lot.
Mostly… not to do it.
I discovered when I went to the doctor in June that my blood work was scary. ?My blood pressure was creeping. ?And my weight, well, ahem, it wasn’t pretty.
It was enough motivation to remind me that I am not a runner looking for speed or medals or even time improvement. ?I’m a runner who runs?for her health.
Running keeps me active. ?This keeps my blood work numbers in line. While it’s not helping me lose weight, it certainly is helping me NOT gain weight like I did on my break.
So. ?Back to running I went.
And it was GOOD.
I was happy, I was moving and running was fun again.
Even though it was a bazillion degrees at 5 am when I had to run. ?Even with that.
I was having fun.
I had a BLAST. ?And I felt great doing it.
I was finally back into a groove and ready for my final race of the year: ?the Avengers Half Marathon and Captain America 10K. ?This was the first challenge attempt since February and my first half since then as well.
Was I ready for it?
You bet. ?I ran the 10K with such JOY. ?It was the PERFECT day and a great race.
The half was the next day (recap to come) and was also a successful race for me.
Successful is defined not by pace but by effort and attitude: as long as I didn’t give up (I didn’t!) and didn’t hate every step (nope!) I freakin’ won that race. ?That’s how I felt at the end of it, and it’s colored my running attitude rolling into 2016.
Phew. ?That’s my 2015 in a nutshell.
It was a very good year, even if a very weird one. ?Not too many races, not too many miles, but a lot of important lessons were learned in 2015.
How did your 2015 shape up? ?Did you learn any valuable lessons about running this year?
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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.)