Year in Review-2017

2017 was a big year for me.  I love looking back and seeing all the amazing things that have happened.

January

I ran my 1st trail race! The Phunt 25K took place in Fairhill,MD  and, yeah, I probably should have trained on some trails before this race.  I thought I would be fine since I had just ran a half in December, but not so much.  My body was not used to all the up and down and my left hip flexor really wasn’t a fan AT ALL.  All in all, it was a blast and we were amazed by the the amount of food and support offered at each aid station.

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I was freezing in this picture!

February-April

Wedding planning was in full swing.  We did sneak in a quick ski weekend in Shawnee with my family.

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1st time skiing for me. I fell right after this pic.

May-June

I ran my favorite race, the Chestertown 10 Miler at the end of May.  It wasn’t my best time but I love the course and it is a race that is very special to my husband and I.

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My hubby, our awesome cousin, Pam and I after the race.

I also did a 5k Running series from May to the end of June. Every Wednesday for 5 weeks you run the same 5k course.  Did this with a group of friends and we followed up each run with food and drinks. The course has a tough hill at the end so I am not sure it will ever be a PR course for me.

July

I got married!!! It was a beautiful day with perfect weather.   I am somewhat of a stressor and I can honestly say that on July 15th, 2017, I was the least stressed I have ever been in my life!

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We honeymooned in Newport, Rhode Island.  We ate, biked, ran, and ferried (I got sick on our trip to Block Island)  our way around Newport.  We also got to see some professional tennis.

 

 

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Here we are with my favorite thing in Newport- Del’s water ice. Amazing!

I have always wanted to run a 5k on 4th of July, so we signed up for one last minute. It was one of my slowest 5ks to date (26:57) but I had such a good time.  Bill and I ran the course again after the race as a cool down.  We just chatted about the race and our plans for the day.  I want this to be a new thing for us.

September

We signed up for the Dogfish Dash 5 miler at the recommendation of a friend. I LOVE racing with friends so I was all in.  However, it was very disorganized.  We were herded into the start line (no corrals) and while we should have started somewhere in the middle, my friend Megan and I ended up in the very back.  We had to do a lot of bobbing and weaving.  I wish I could use this (and the heat) as an excuse for my dismal time (46:07) but that would be just that, an excuse.  This is the time I was trained for plain and simple.  I will say I was shocked that for such a huge local race, it was not well organized.  I will not be running this one again.

October

The MDI Half Marathon took place in Bar Harbor, Maine.  We planned the race around a family trip and we had an incredible time.

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This is pre race. My brother-in-law and sister-in-law ran it also!

 

December

I ran the Rehoboth Half in early December.  Recap for the MDI half and this race are here—-> The Race Recap (s)   While this race  was a personal worst for me, it really reignited my love of running.  I have always wanted to run another marathon and this race made me believe I could.

Up next-my 2018 running plans!

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The Race Recap(s)

I never got around to writing the Mt. Desert Island Half Marathon recap and in the interim I ran another half marathon, the Rehoboth Beach Seashore Half.   I thought I would just recap them both now.

Mt. Desert Island (MDI) Half Marathon- Bar Harbor, ME

I picked this race for two reasons: I love Maine and the MDI marathon is touted as one of the most scenic races in the U.S.

As evidenced below, I would say it did not disappoint.  IMG_4647

We were bussed to the start with plenty of time to use the bathroom and check our bags. Everything was going so smoothly until the moment I realized that I would not be able to listen to my music on my phone.  And I NEED music!   The day before the race I had bought a new iPhone 8.  Right before the start I realized my headphones weren’t compatible with my new phone and I didn’t bring the adapter. Thankfully my SIL (so nice of her) switched phones with me since she and my BIL run the race together without music.

Crisis averted and we were off.

Miles 1-5

Right away the course had a lot of rolling hills.  I just rolled with it (see what I did there?) since I actually don’t mind rolling hills.  I was also so excited for these views-

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Mile 6-10

This was when the real fun started.  At about mile 6.5, I came to a pretty big hill and thought, “ok, I am not trained for hills this big but just get up it.” So I did.  Until the moment I realized that these hills were going to just keep coming.    I managed to keep this up until Mile 9.  Now let me say, I NEVER walk in races.  I may be slow but walking is usually not an option.  At mile 9, I was trudging up a long climb and was going so slow I thought, “I would probably walk faster than I am running,” so I walked.

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I continued to run the flats and walk most of the hills.  My hip flexor was giving me a little trouble but I kept moving using the impending rain as my motivation.  At Mile 13, Bill appeared and we chatted as I approached the finish line.  He later told me, “Yeah you looked way too good at the finish, you could’ve pushed more.”  I usually come in looking like death so I am sure he was right, I could’ve given more.  I just didn’t want to! My finish time was 2:08:20 which is my slowest half marathon finish to date but I wasn’t the least bit upset.  I thoroughly enjoyed the journey on this one!

Rehoboth Beach Seashore Half Marathon- December 2, 2017

This was my fourth time running this race.  I just love everything about it, especially the terrain with an almost even breakdown of half road and half trail.  The weather was perfect and I hoped to run it under 2 hours.

Miles 1-6

I felt good at the start of the race but wanted to run the first few miles conservatively. There are no corrals for this race so I jumped in where I could.  This was not my smartest move, because I started to get passed by A LOT of people.  Normally this doesn’t bother me but it felt like waves of people were passing me.  I just kept repeating my running mantra, “Run your own race,” to myself over and over so I wouldn’t be tempted to try and keep up.  I was ahead of the 2 hour pacer at our first turn ahead which made me hopeful.

Around mile 5, the 2 hour pacer passed me.  I tried to stay with the group but it felt hard.  I thought mile 5 was too early for it to feel THAT hard, so I let him go.  I figured I could make up time on the trail section.

Miles 6-11

We entered my favorite part of the race, the Breakwater Trail, at about mile 7 (I think).  I was running comfortably hard which I was satisfied with and thought I could pick it after the turn around (mile 9).

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Miles 10 & 11 were my slowest of the day as I began to tire.

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At Mile 11 you exit the trail.  It was at this point that I finally started to pick it up.  I am happy to say I was able to do that and to finish strong.  I came across the finish line in 2:01:30.  It was a personal worst for this race (I have run them all just under 2 hours) but again, I enjoyed running it.  With the exclusion of these two races, I have not enjoyed racing in a long time.  At some point, I am hating life, beating myself up and asking myself, “Why did you sign up for this race?”

I refuse to do this any longer.  I have a plan to prevent running anymore “hating life” races that I will talk about soon!