Thinking Out Loud

year in review | Thinking Out Loud Thursday

As I first read through Marie Forleo’s Year in Review post, I thought about the questions to myself…and of course, most of it had to do with my running. Then this morning, I saw that Laura from Mommy, Run Fast! read the same post and went through her own year in review with the same questions ๐Ÿ™‚ So here I am…thinking (out loud) about my year in review questions again…but this time, I am being brave and sharing them with you!

I am also sharing this with Amanda on her Thinking Out Loud Thursday link up! Check it out, read some of everyone Thursday ramblings!

1) What’s one thing you did that you’re proud of?

One thing that I did in 2016 that I am proud of was complete my first 50K! While it wasn’t the goal of the year, it was something I was interesting in trying after my first marathon in April. 

I was running a marathon training plan to keep up my miles for “2,016 in 2016” and my fall pacing line-up but I didn’t have a long race planned. 

I knew that I needed to run conservatively because (1) I wanted to finish, (2) I had a race to pace the following weekend, (3) I didn’t want to completely trash my legs, and (4) I WANTED TO FINISH. 

The race wasn’t easy by any means, and the weather added to the difficulty of the overall time and distance I was to put on my legs that day… I knew about the pain that I would feel (due to my painful marathon) and I kept my mental strength up when the pain started to creep in…


I am most proud that I was able to finish (and finish STRONG) that run! It is the most time and distance I have put on my legs in a single day…and I hope to be able to run 50Ks and longer in the coming years!

2) What’s one mistake you made and lesson learned?

Do I really have to name just ONE mistake?? 

One mistake…one mistake… Oh!

The only thing that I can account for as a “mistake” was not running more this past summer. I let excuses pile up at different times…and this caused me to fall significantly behind with my “2,016 in 2016” challenge/goal. If it weren’t for missed workouts and shortened runs, I could have kept this goal in my sights! 


While it is hard for me to call this a mistake, it will ultimately keep me from getting my 2016 miles this year… #whompwhomp 

3) What’s one story you’re willing to let go of before the New Year?

One story that won’t be too hard to let go of this year is making any new PRs. 

I set out in 2016 to #RunHappy and #EnjoyTheJoyInTheJourney and I am confident that I did that! I didn’t set any goal races. I just went out and had a good time running! My #1 goal was to complete my first marathon – check! Goal #2 was to stay fit and be able to pace 1/2 marathons successfully – check (times 8-10 times). Due to pacing, I didn’t overly push myself on the non-pacing events because I wanted to be sure my legs could recover adequatly. And recover they did!!

WIll I plan a 2017 PR? Maybe…haven’t even thought about that yet. I believe that my mind has shifted a little from a 1/2 or full marathon PR time to more distance based races – ultra marathons ๐Ÿ™‚

I do know that I am pacing 3-4 half marathons and pacing my first full marathon in the spring of 2017! Those races are my “goals” so I can help all those runners achieve theirs! ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s start the training plan!!

A quote from Marie Forleo’s Year in Review post that stuck with me… โ€œWithout reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.โ€ -Margaret Wheatley


What are the questions that you ponder at the end of the year? Does it help to start the new year fresh?

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