2019 - My Year In Running

2019 is in the rear view mirror, here's a look back at 2019.

2019 was better than 2018 as far as getting miles in, my total mileage for the year was 683, nearly doubling my total from 2018 (358). While I'm a little disappointed in my total mileage number, it is moving in the right direction.  2019 was a stellar year in so many other ways. I ran 10 races, including first timed race at Jackalope Jam where I nabbed my first 100k.
I enjoyed many weekend runs with the Sam Houston National Forest Trail Sisters group throughout the year.  I volunteered at every race that I ran... and even some races that I didn't run.  

2019 - My Year In Running

Best Race: El Taco Loco!  This race proved to me that I can overcome the voice in my head that is telling me to quit. It was also a pretty awesome race with tacos, beer, margaritas, perfect running weather and a very runnable course!

Best Run: Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot!  I went with my nieces and nephew.  HD and I stuck together for most of the race.  It was such a blast sharing it with my niblings!

Best New Piece of Running Gear: Salomon Advance Skin 8 W Running Pack. While I still use my Orange Mud Endurance Vest, I wanted one that had flasks in front for easy filling at aide stations.  When I found this one, with the flasts that sit under the breast, I was sold!  The vest is made of super soft and stretchable fabric and has pockets galore!

Best Running AdviceBe patient, smile when it sucks the worst and make doors out of walls. This was the advice given by TROT Race Director Rob Goyen on surviving Habanero Hundred... can be applied to any race. 

Most Inspirational Runner: Pain Train Wayne - Wayne Schlosser.  Wayne is a masters endurance runner and he is just a machine.  I have had the great fortune to watch him finish the longest distances at so many races.  He is the nicest guy with the greatest attitude and an incredible sense of humor. I hope to be like him when I grow older. 

Favorite Picture From A Race or Run: This picture from Mission Tejas captures all the joy I get from running. I find it interesting that my favorite picture from last year was from that same race!

Race Experience You Would Repeat In A Heartbeat: Mission Tejas, it's a race that will always be on my racing calendar.  The park is beautiful and so much fun to run in!

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?  Lots of trails, camaraderie, and new distances.

How was your 2018 running year? What would make your list of favorites?

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