I started 2017 with 7 miles. I took a couple days off at the end of 2016 for a tight groin muscle, but wanted to start 2017 running. I’m glad I did. The morning was cold and dark and quiet and I had the streets and lingering Christmas lights all to myself.
I don’t know how many miles I ran in 2016. I started logging miles, took a break, logged some more, then forgot again. I ran 2 marathons and PRed both, which was unexpected and so exciting. I learned to run in the cold and actually enjoy it. I logged miles with friends and plenty alone. I ran circles around the pond and up and down the main streets. I got faster, slower, faster again. I found more of myself in the steady drum of my feet, cleared my head, worked out emotions, rehashed conversations, made mental notes, prayed, cried, and recited scraps of poetry. I created mantras and then never spoke them. I wondered what would be next, worried about what would be next, pushed after what was next. I wore out shoes and recharged my Garmin, I chafed and blistered and lost a toenail (maybe forever). I grew leaner, stronger. I remembered what I loved in running, in myself.
I’ve been pregnant or nursing for some, if not most, of every year since 2011. This will be my first year back just me and I’m really excited to see what I can do, what else will wake up inside of me. Some thoughts:
- This 50K in June with Kimberly. It’s really cheap and doing an ultra (or more) has been a goal of mine since 2010. Starting with a 50K would be a great way to test the waters and really doable from a training perspective.
- My tenth marathon. Not sure if I’ll go big (something like Chicago or Cleveland or Indianapolis or Grand Rapids) or small and scenic, like Presque Isle.
- PR the half marathon. My current half marathon PR is from May of 2010, so I’d like to go after a new one.
- Keep running for fun and for me. It’s easy for me to sometimes get lost in the “should” of running – I’m training for a race or to keep weight off – but when it comes down to it I run because I love it and because it makes me more me.
I’d love to do some strength training and yoga in there, too, but I’m not certain enough that I’ll really do it to make it an official goal. But maybe!