Running 2015 – The year in review

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Total miles: 1491.9

Most memorable race: RAGNAR Colorado

I started 2015, by going for a solo run and taking on a monster of a hill just to show the new year that I was a FORCE to be reckoned with.  At that point, I had not run more than 5 miles in a race and never more than 7 miles at once in ‘training’.  I ended 2015 with the “Last Race of the Year” an annual fun race, this was my 3rd year participating.

In between that first run and that last run there were a lot of miles, new friendships formed, tough workouts and even some tears.  I also learned so much about myself along the way.  I never gave up and I continued to push, I learned that my body is capable of far more than my mind gave it credit for.  I did things that the me from 2014 would have never considered.

I wanted it to be a big year, and a big year it was!  I had planned for my first half marathon to take place in the first part of the year.  While training for that, I was asked by my cousin if I wanted to join a RAGNAR team.  I had to Google, RAGNAR because I didn’t know what it was.  I was immediately hooked, it was terrifying and exciting at the same time.  RAGNAR Colorado was the chosen event, it started on my birthday.  I just had to do this, leading up to the event I questioned my sanity multiple times.   In August I set off on an EPIC adventure with essentially 11 strangers, we shared close quarters for four days.  Two of those days spent in two vans traveling 200-ish miles while the team had at least one runner on the course at all times.  That is the brief description of the event in general, for me personally it was monumental and life changing.  I ran up and over a mountain and will never be the same.  The views were beautiful, the trail was challenging and I did it.  I know I can do anything.

My first and second half marathons rank right up there as memorable races for the year.  The first, well because it was the first attempt at that distance.  Empowering, I wasn’t fast but I got it done!  The second half was brutal, it was 98 degrees and humid, I got that one done too!

As I reflect on 2015 and think towards 2016, I realize it is not yet January 1st and I already have races scheduled in each of the first five months.  Only one of them is a 5k.

I plan to make 2016 even MORE EPIC than 2015!