As an avid runner I pride myself on how many miles I run per month. So when my Nike Running app read “0 Miles” at the end of December 2016, needless to say I decided I needed a kick in the ass. As a result I told myself that in January of 2017 I would run a 5K every day for the month. Having run 2 full marathons, a triathlon and many half marathons the 5K distance did not scare me. However to keep that up for 31 straight days? That would be a test of will power. But I was up for the challenge.
Although I still felt that wouldn’t be enough. So I took the plunge and decided I would go alcohol free during that time as well. I pride myself on not having a dependency on alcohol so I did not see this as a challenge. However I do have a passion for craft beer so I knew this would test me as well.
In July of this year (exactly 3 days before my 32nd birthday to be specific) I will be running what’s dubbed as the “Worlds Most Beautiful Marathon”. Or in my case, the half. It is the Mad Marathon in Waitsfield, VT and I will be running on behalf of BibRave.
After seeing a picture like this it is no wonder why have earned that nickname.
As with most of my running goals, I had a spark of an idea and after very little research decided to turn that idea into a goal.
Having said that, the running goal that will now consume my immediate future is to run a half marathon in each state of the country. 50 States, 50 Half Marathons.
It seems more than ever this year, I am seeing people on social media excited to put 2016 behind them. Maybe it is because it is the end of the year and that is normal, but I do not recall a time in my life where so many people were excited to move onto a new year. I myself have never been that type…..until now. I wrote recently how 2016 was my worst running year ever, so you can put me in the group that looks forward to saying goodbye to 2016.
Now that brings me onto 2017.
I am not afraid to admit that 2016 was not my best year of running. In fact it was probably the worst. However it was also only my 3rd full year of running, so it wasn’t too hard to be my worst when I only had 2 other years to compare it to.
While 2016 didn’t go exactly the way I thought it would that doesn’t mean it was a complete waste. So let’s look at the good, bad and ugly.
In 2016 I completed my 2nd FULL Marathon at the Buffalo Marathon. Not only was this a great race it was also my first time in Buffalo. And allowed me to see Niagara Falls. It was a trip to remember for the rest of my life, so I cannot write about 2016 without discussing this. I recapped the race here and my weekend here.
Disclaimer: I received a package of UCAN Protein Powder to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador) and check out BibRave.com to review and review races!
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The lemon run is an annual run in Philadelphia to support Alex’s Lemonade stand. It is a run that brings out survivors and the families of those impacted by childhood cancer. As a result it is an easy run to put on your schedule for all of the good they do.
The run itself is an enjoyable one. It is run outside of center city Philadelphia out towards Fairmount Park. Because of this the scenery on the run is much more rural and less urban. In fact you really do not run past any urban buildings at all. The run starts outside of the Please Touch Museum and that is really the only major building you will see while running. Instead runners are subject to a much more rural, park like path that you can relax and enjoy. Continue reading