2017 Year in Review

The first week of December is already behind us! 2017 was a good year, with it’s shares of ups and downs but I’m happy with how many of my 2017 goals I hit.

In terms of racing, I hit my goals to pr: in the half marathon in the spring, full marathon this fall, and a post baby 5k pr… I still need to catch that lifetime 5k pr.

There were those 6 weeks of zero running this summer but it helped me put things in perspective, and I came back stronger for it.

So here’s a look at the year in review, linking up with Courtney.

Best race experience

I have to say the Richmond marathon.  Everything went smoothly with course logistics, and I felt great and was able to execute my race plan as I hoped to.

Plus I hit my 4-year goal of breaking 3:20 in the marathon- it doesn’t get better than that!


Best run

I had so much fun in Bethlehem in October at the Runner’s World festival.  Saturday morning I ran my fastest ever 20 miler, incorporating their 5k and 10k into it.  The weather was perfect and the courses have beautiful colors and views of Bethlehem.  My legs just wanted to GO – if only every run felt that good.


Best new piece of running gear

I think one of the best things was the switch to Altras shoes post injury this summer.  The neutral drop has helped my running form and I was able to train for the Richmond marathon without injury.  I also have some new running clothing on my wish list so we’ll see what Santa brings.


Best running advice you’ve received this year

Better to be under-trained than over-trained.

I had a lot of doubts going into the Richmond marathon, but with a few marathons behind me, I was able to pull off a pr on minimal training and without feeling burnt out.  Win win!

Most inspirational runner

Those last few miles when Shalane Flanagan pulled ahead to win the NYC Marathon were so exciting- and the image of her working hard yet looking so smooth has stuck with me.  I thought of her as I pushed for a strong finish in Richmond.  I was also inspired by two local guys that I trained with a lot this fall- they both had big goals and were doing the work to make it happen.

Favorite picture from a run or race this year

Running is fun!!

Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat

Running the NYC half without my Garmin and still shaving a few minutes off my best time was probably my favorite race experience this year! Would I repeat it in a heartbeat? Maybe.  But those hills in Central park I could do without…  🙂

I’m ready to move on to new courses and have new race experiences in 2018.

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be?

Brave. Persistent. Determined.


How was 2017 for you?

PS- My Fit and Fueled nutrition course is almost half full already! I can’t wait to kick off January with this fun new program.

I’m linking up with  SuzRachelLora, and Debbie for Running Coaches Corner, and NicoleAnnmarieMichelle, and Jen for Wild Workout Wednesday.

12 thoughts on “2017 Year in Review

  1. That really is wonderful those 6 weeks off seemed to really benefit you in so many ways! You had a really amazing year 🙂 I would add graceful to your list. Your form capturing your marathon PR was inspiring to watch.

  2. I like that advice – better to be undertrained than overtrained. We always think we need to do more, more, more which doesn’t really work well with our bodies. You had a great year! And I can’t wait to see what 2018 entails. Hopefully it means we’ll be running somewhere together. It’s been too long!

  3. You had such a strong year of running! I am definitely inspired by your success as I look forward into 2018. I can’t wait to see what you achieve in 2018! And I love that advice – I say it to myself and my athletes over and over again. It’s so true!
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  4. What a wonderful year you’ve had Laura! It’s so neat to read all about your awesome accomplishments this year – and so much fun doing them too!
    2018 is going to be even better. Merry Christmas and yay for celebrating a great year!!!
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  5. Never thought about the whole undertrained vs. overtrained thing! One of my races this year I was undertrained and it was horrible. But I would say I was undertrained for the other one, as well, and it turned out great! I guess it just depends.

  6. Great year for you! Do you have your eye on any new races for 2018 already?

    2017 was awesome for me too! I ran my first 50 mile trail race in June, first Ragnar Trail in August, and finished my first 100 mile trail race last weekend! I’m carrying those endorphins with me into 2018 🙂

  7. Look at all those pretty PRs! You had a great year. That’s interesting advice about under vs over training. I think I’d probably mostly agree with it. I do think runners often push themselves too hard and don’t respect the REST day as much as they should. Myself included.

    Great running, my friend.
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