2016: the year in running

Overall, I think 2016 was a solid year, running-wise. But it could also be a transitional year. I’ll explain that later.

I reached my goal of 1200 km for the year, or an average of 100 km per month. I finished with 1,262 km (784 mi). I achieved one race PB: a sub-25:00 5k in March, without wearing a watch to check my pacing. I somehow achieved placement in my age group in the Lower Mainland Road Race Series. I ran my first back-to-back races, at the Rock ‘n’ Roll stop in Vancouver. Like I said, solid.

Finish line of Shaughnessy 8k (photo credit: Rick Horne)

Finish line of Shaughnessy 8k (photo credit: Rick Horne)

Finish line of Longest Day 5k (photo credit: Debra Kato)

Finish line of Longest Day 5k (photo credit: Debra Kato)

I’m also arriving at the point where there may not be more gains to be had in terms of PBs. One could say that my running is getting close to a midlife crisis, but I’m not conceding it by any means. Still, the aches on parts of my feet are definitely showing, and not really going away.

All of that doesn’t mean I’m stopping, or slowing down my running. I want to continue my minimum three runs a week. I want to continue to challenge myself on races, and there will be opportunity for that in 2017: Scotiabank Half in June, Eastside 10k in September, and another shot at the New York City Marathon in November. I want to get into trail running (I always say that every year), and even try a beer mile. No stopping in 2017; bring it on!

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