9 5 km races
5 10-15 km races
2 half marathons
2017 was a busy running year for me. I had the most runs and my highest yearly mileage to date. I also participated in more races then any other year.
In 2017 I also learned the benefit of cross training, thanks in part to being injured. I started the year off with a frozen shoulder, which thankfully didn't really interfere with my running, since I was training for the Fool's Run 1/2 marathon. I strained my left knee which did interfere with running and started me down the road of cross training. Then after finishing the Valley Harvest 1/2 marathon I suffered from a stress fracture in my right foot that forced me to stop running for more than 6 weeks, but still allowed me to go the gym to keep up my fitness level (and new found arm strength!)
Until this year I had never had a DNS - Did Not Start - for a race I had committed to. My knee injury, a bad cold and the stress fracture took care of that.
The best part of running that cannot be counted or measured are the friendships that I have formed. From running in the rain, joining me on a long run in -18C weather, hanging out at the track while I did 50 laps, dressing up in matching costumes or waiting for me at the finish line, friends make running a wonderful part of my life.