I kept a marathon-or-longer annual streak going for the fifth consecutive year. It was the first year since 2012 that I didn't run multiple marathon or longer races. My body thanks me for the break.
I ran a copious number of shorter races. No PRs, but came close enough in the half and 5K that I didn't feel I came up to short.
1 20 miler
1 metric marathon (26.2 K)
8 half marathons
1 10 miler
8 5Ks (raced)
I developed a relationship with parkrunning, running 20 of them at Fletcher's Cove, Roosevelt Island, and College Park. (I narrowly missed making one at Crissy Field - maybe next year).
I beat my mileage totals for 2015 and 2014.
- 2016: 1733
- 2015: 1722
- 2014: 1716
- 2013: 2135
- 2012: 1222
Goals for 2017:
- Stay healthy. There's a fine line at any age, but definitely once you get into your 50s, between running as much as you want and as much as your body can handle. I think an average of around 150 miles per month is about as much as I can handle month in month out.
- Keep my 100 miles per month minimum going. I missed out in April of '16 when I got a bad cold, but have done it in 55 of the last 57 months. It means more rest days when feeling like a bug is coming on to prevent a full blown illness digging in.
- More down weeks, and not just after long races. I need to mix in low mileage stretches (20-25 mpw) now and then, especially in the heat of summer, to prevent getting over-fatigued going into fall.
- More trails. I'm just not willing to put in the intensity to bring down my road racing times, so I have to get my jollies out through longer distance races. I prefer 20-50K distances (my pain and boredom tolerance runs out after about six hours) but maybe this will be the year I go longer just to do it. I always find an excuse not to do a 50 miler, but the time is probably right.
And looking forward to hitting 10,000 all-time miles on Strava! Halfway around the world will have to wait till 2018.
Thanks for reading, and for helping keeping me honest and motivated. Peace love and understanding for everyone in 2017.
And: this post would suck without photos.
|MCRRC New Years 5K
|Seneca Greenway - January
|Second Fletcher's Cove parkrun
|Carderock post JFK 20 DCRRC
|Icy Potomac River trail MD side
|Potomac River deep freeze
|C&O Canal - where's the hockey players?
|Crap ton of January snow 10 pm run
|Good plowing MC Parks Dept!
|The snowplow county line on the CCT
|From Beach Dr
|On my way to a trail race in February!
|Civilian Conservation Corps marker on Cabin John Trail
|Some East Coast winter relief in Palo Alto
|Looks like we are melted out for the year - Potomac River trail MD side
|Chain Bridge spring sprung
|Rock Creek Park
|Frederick Half Marathon parking lot
|High water, everywhere. C&O towpath
|Pre-race at Maryland Half, Fulton
|From the Conn Ave Bridge- Rock Creek Park in full bloom
|C&O towpath east of Glen Echo Park
|Pre-race at Alexandria Running Festival
|Roosevelt Island parkrunners
|C&O towpath looking east towards the Beltway
|Crissy Field SF
|Monterey Beach CA
|CCT underpass, Massachusetts Ave
|Prospect Park, Waltham Mass looking at Boston
|Beautiful Sugarloaf sky post MCRRC Comus Run
|Fletcher's Parkrun crowd gathers
|My favorite Potomac view from the C&O towpath, near the dam
|Low water on the Potomac, summer on the Potomac River trail, MD
|Fall on the C&O towpath
|Fall view of the Potomac from the C&O towpath near the dam
|Election Day run
|Election Day Run: Indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
|From the Jackie O Reservoir, NYC, Central Park
|On your mark... Fletcher's parkrun
|Glorious fall on the C&O towpath, east of Glen Echo
|Fall day on the Potomac from the C&O towpath near the dam.
|Is that Councilwoman Mary Cheh (b left)? Pre parkrun at Fletchers.
|Potomac River trail
|Gorgeous fall morning on the Berma Road, Great Falls MD
|DC Waterfront from Hains Point
|Muddy Branch Trail after snow squall, 12/30