Tuesday, December 27, 2016

2016 Running Takeaways

So we are in the last week of 2016, can you believe it?  Pretty soon we will be saying goodbye and welcoming in a new year, full of hopes and resolutions.  Before that though, let me pause for a moment and think about the year that is almost over.  I promise I'll keep this brief.
1. This running community is amazing.  This blog and my subsequent entry into social media (I know, I know) has helped me feel more connected and supported than ever before.  You all are so wonderful and welcoming.  Major thanks for that!

2. I find more joy in helping others with running (especially new runners), than focusing on my own goals.  I've had the honor of helping a number of people this year - build training plans, navigate common pitfalls, provide motivation - and it's made me a better runner and a better person.

3. It's way better to know your limits than push it and get injured.  I did a lot more "listening to my body" this year and it really paid off.  I stayed healthier even if I didn't break any land speed records.  I am really okay with that plan!

4. Long runs feel way better with adequate fueling.  Thanks to the incredible Wendy, I am now firmly on the Tailwind train.  Already, I can tell it's making a big difference in my energy level.  I'm looking forward to seeing what this will mean to me in 2017.
5. I really need to do more to support my body in 2017.  I did not do enough strength/stability work.  There are only so many hours in the day and this really fell off the list.  Thankfully, my body held in there, but I know that I really am not doing things the way that I should.

I'm joining up with some of my blogger friends for Tuesdays on the Run! Check them out - Marcia, Patty, and Erika.

What are you taking away from 2016?
What is the thing you're most proud of this year?

8 comments:

  1. Sounds like you had a great year. I really need to try Tailwind - I've heard such good things about it. Good luck in 2017!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I really like Tailwind and think it's been making a big difference for me. Plus, way easier to have something I can drink versus gag on (gels) or chew :)

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  2. I agree with listening to your body. 2016 was basically a "come back" year for me. I just wanted to run uninjured and that's what I did. No record breaking here either! -M

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    1. So nice to have a year with minimal time on the sidelines due to injury. Here's hoping 2017 will be another healthy year for both of us!

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  3. Great takeaways! I continue to love and appreciate the wonderful running and blogging community! I need to do more stability work too - yoga has definitely been a huge help in that area!

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    1. You're right, I really need to get back into yoga (translation: find a place where the style and times work for me). I've been on the hunt since leaving Chicago .... 6 years ago ... oops! :)

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  4. Listening to your body (and also strengthening it!) are crucial. I did a lot of PT in my marathon training, and did some of my usual strength-training but probably should have done a bit more (strength-training). I can't help wonder if that is why I had that weird phantom hip/groin thing plague me during the race (?)

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    1. I know it's only a matter of time until my lack of strength and stability training catches up with me! We probably all need to do more of it, but it's just so not my favorite. Hope that hip pain stays away!

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