2018 is nearly in the books... just a few hours remain. I'd like to recap 2018 - my year in running.
2018 wasn't a stellar year as far as getting miles in, my total mileage for the year was 358... there may have been a few more treadmill miles that I didn't log. I think most of my running miles came from races as my race count for the year ended at 18.
While I'm a little sad that my mileage number isn't up where it has been the last few years, I'm not going to dwell on it. 2018 was a stellar year in so many other ways. I PR'd at the Houston Marathon. In 2018, I became an ultra-marathoner at the Brazos Bend 50. I found an incredible running community that feels like family.
2018 - My Year In Running
Best Race: This is a tough one as I enjoyed all my races. I think hands down the most epic adventure was the Colorado Crossing 10k (which turned out to be 15k). It was the first year for this race and instead of crossing the Colorado River by raft, we got to cross it by foot! The trails were a muddy, sloppy mess but it was an incredibly fun time. I even managed to place 2nd in the Female Masters category.
Best Run: Another tough one... while every day I get to run is a great day, some runs are better than others. Back in May when I went to visit my family, I had a lot of fun running on the country roads where I used to run in high school. One of those days I got to pet a horse and a dog... I'd say that's a pretty good run!
Best New Piece of Running Gear: Spandits Icelandic Tights. Even though it doesn't get cold often in Houston, these tights have kept me warm when it has been cold. I have stayed toasty warm volunteering on a cold damp evening and morning. They kept me warm on a freezing 5k. I highly recommend a couple of pair if you live anywhere that it gets cold regularly.
Best Running Advice: Even when you aren't feeling it, SMILE! Eventually, the endorphins will kick in and you'll be having a grand time.
Most Inspirational Runner: My fellow Team TROT Ambassador Lydia. She is an inspiration to me when I see her out on the trails tackling all the ultras.
Favorite Picture From A Race or Run: This picture from Mission Tejas captures all the joy I get from running.
How was your 2018 running year? What would make your list of favorites?