2017 was a heck of a year. I found my way onto the roads in January in a total funk. Fell out of the wagon in 2016 during the holiday run streak, and I think that threw me off in a big way into the winter. I feel better going into 2018, and I think a big part of that has been keeping up the streak.
Year in Races:
March 11 : Black Cat 10 miler
April 1 : Newport Night Run 5k
April 9 : Fighting Seabees Half Marathon
April 23 : Blackstone Valley Half Marathon
May 7 : Providence Half Marathon
May 14 : Providence Police 5k
May 21 : Angry Unicorn Half Marathon
May 28 : Narragansett Bay Half Marathon
June 10 : Gaspee Days 5k
June 11 : Options Gay 5k
July 1 : Independence Day Half Marathon
July 3 : Finish at the 50 5k
July 15 : Run with the Beavers 10 miler
July 28 : the Blessing of the Fleet 10 miler
August 6 : Griswold Sunflower 6k
September 23 : Jamestown Half Marathon
October 8 : Boston Athletic Association Half Marathon
November 5 : TCS NYC Marathon
It's crazy to me that the race season started so late for me, and also that it didn't include the Eastern States. Looking at it now I know that I started to really hit my stride around the Angry Unicorn, but it would be really nice to see that strength come back sooner. I'm in fairly good shape now, but I know that the run streak has been taking a toll. I'd set a mental goal of hitting 200 miles for the streak, and so I am running very few one mile days.
Come January, still streaking or not, I'll have to start throwing in some easier days so that I can recover my legs a bit.
Maybe I'll be able to find some races earlier, in February or something. I need to shake out my cobwebs earlier in the season, I think. I think I also need more focus on easier races, and maybe some shorter distances. I wanted 2017 to be the year of the half marathon for me, and it certainly was with 8 of them run. I joined the Half Fanatics (HF #16238) and had a lot of fun gritting through some tough courses. I also did a lot of speedwork over the summer, which paid off in a big way at Jamestown where I ran just six minutes over my PR for the half. That isn't bad given that I'd fought much of the year to get my prior fitness back. I fell off the wagon on the speedwork when I returned to work, and also because I got sick a couple of times. I'll need to find more consistency in that going forward.
I'll post later about my plans for 2018.