I’m linking up with the ladies from Tuesdays on the Run to discuss our accomplishments from the year. Check out other great bloggers on the linkup: Patty, from My No Guilt Life, Erika from MCM Mama Runs and Marcia from Marcia’s Healthy Slice!
Ah! The end of the year is all about reminiscing on the highlights from the past 12 months. 2016 was a big year for me and I definitely pushed myself to the max to achieve some big running goals. But I’ll be quite honest, I didn’t run for a portion of 2016 too because I was pregnant! So it was a year of extremes for me.
Here are some of my favorite running accomplishments from 2016:
The Walt Disney World Marathon
I started off 2016 with my biggest running accomplishment to date, finishing the WDW Marathon. I trained for distance, not speed, and focused on enjoying the race with only one goal: finish. It was a fantastic experience that definitely brought out so many emotions. I was happy to start the race injury free, grateful for my entire family watching, and crying by the end of it because I was in shock that “I did it”.
Will I ever run another marathon? Absolutely.
Princess Half Marathon
In February, I took on a new challenge at Princess Half weekend… running in a wig! I had a blast as I ran 13.1 miles dressed as Ariel from the Little Mermaid. It felt like a breeze compared to the marathon from the previous month. I took TONS of photos and made it all about having fun. Princess Half is still my favorite race!
After this race, I came home and decided to switch gears. I put my nutrition first and focused on conceiving a healthy baby. I found out I was pregnant in March!
Atlanta Women’s 5k
This can be considered baby’s first race! Nobody knew I was pregnant, but I was so excited to be running this race pregnant AND with my toddler! It was the first race in my BOB Gear stroller and in the “Mommy Division”. I highly recommend the Atlanta Women’s 5k!
Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon
This was my last race of 2016, but for good reason. I walked the Star Wars Half at 8 weeks pregnant. I had some complications right before the trip and decided to take it easy during the race. Nobody wants to cancel a Run Disney vacation, right? I took it easy and proved that you CAN walk a Run Disney race and not be swept. Loved that it was the inaugural year too!
Before writing this post, I had some embarrassment about the lack of races I participated in this year. But now written it out, I feel better! I listed to my body and took off some time from running. I’m looking forward to jumping back into races in 2017!
What were your big race accomplishments this year?