2017 was a big year for me. I love looking back and seeing all the amazing things that have happened.
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.
Wedding planning was in full swing. We did sneak in a quick ski weekend in Shawnee with my family.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
The MDI Half Marathon took place in Bar Harbor, Maine. We planned the race around a family trip and we had an incredible time.
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!