A Running List: My 2017 Year in Running

My running goal for 2017 was to get my mojo back. After a tough 2016, 2017 started off OK. In January, I went to an awesome winter running retreat with Lululemon and met some great folks. Like last year, I had my best run of the year in March at the NYC Half. I’m not going to lie, the rest of the year was pretty much a slog for me running-wise. Despite some rough times, I’m super grateful for all of my miles this year and had a lot of fun with my running buddies, as always.

You can see my quarterly reviews for race summaries and products I loved (Q1, Q2, Q3).

Here is my 2017 running year in review:

# of Miles Run – 2114. Average 5.8 miles/day and 40.6/week. [Note: I don’t run every day.]

# of Races Run– 17 – 3 less than last year! New to the line up this year were the a half and a full marathon in Milwaukee with Jen. 17 races – marathons (2), half marathons (5), 8k (1), 10k (4) and 5k (4). I also did a 10K fun run and a 5K fun run (untimed races). This is more than I though because I only ran 2 in Q3 and 3 in Q4.

# of Miles Run in Races –160- 37.9 miles less than last year.

# of Age Group Awards4 5 – got on on 12/31 at New Year’s Eve 5K. My times were much slower this year than the last few. I still managed 4 5 AG awards in my new age group (45-49).

Fun Race Destinations– NYC (3) and Milwaukee (2)

At the Grand Canyon with Lauren!

Coolest Non-Race Runs: – The Grand Canyon, Berlin and San Francisco.

Best Race– NYC Half. This was the only race this year that I felt really strong and hit my goal time.

Worst Race– North Shore Half! It was unexpectedly hot and humid and there was NO SHADE for most of the race. Oh, and to add insult to injury, I tripped and fell at mile 8. Awful! [Sorry, Amanda! I’m still happy that I went with you.]

Personal Records (PRs)- 0. Should have run that 12K or 50K or something I have never done. Maybe next year!

With James Mayo (L) and Olympian Nick Willis (R)

Star Sightings: I met (and ran with) Olympians Nick Willis and Jemma Simpson at Expo East. I ran into (and took a selfie with) Eliud Kipchoge the day before the NYC Marathon!

Ambassadorships: I added Honey Stingers to my Ambassador positions! I still work with Fitfluential, a Sweat Life, Run Gum and Redd Bar Janji Corps, CEP Compression and SOS Rehydrate.

Number of Sidelining Injuries0. Other than serious lack of mojo, I had a pretty mean case of plantar fasciitis this summer. I was still able to run and race thanks to to the fine care I got at Airrosti.

Best Running Advice I Received This Year: Rest and give yourself a break!

Best New Running Product I Tried: This is SO tough – like picking a favorite child, friend or pet. The list is long and I recommend you check out all of the awesome products I checked out this year! Go to giveaways and check out my reviews.

Popular Running Posts:

For a blogging runner, that’s a lot of running blogging! I’m hoping to find my mojo and feel good in my runs and races in ’18. I’m running the NYC Half (new course) and the NYC Marathon again. I’m going on another running adventure with Lauren and Russ. I hope to get to the start of CIM with my run crew in December. I’ll keep you posted on anything else I hatch. Let me know if you have any ideas for me, too!

How was your year in running?? Please tell me about it in the comments.

Here’s to a healthy, speedy and happy 2018!



  1. Jeffrey says:

    Looks to me like a great year…one without an injury that kept you off your feet! The three non-race related places you ran sound awesome. I plan on doing the Bay to Breakers 12K in 2022, it should be on my birthday that year and I’ll be in my “birthday suit” to celebrate!
    Congrats on 2017, best of luck in 2018!

  2. Wendy says:

    That’s a lot of miles in spite of having PF! I’m so glad we got to connect at RnR Chicago. Hopefully we can meet up again this year! Shamrock Shuffle?

  3. What a great year! I bet running through the Grand Canyon was amazing!

  4. Dana Rodriguez says:

    That IS a lot of running blogging! lol! Congrats and I hope you have a very Happy New Year!

  5. Becca says:

    You had a great year! You’ve also been super helpful to me this year with blogging and running so you can add that to your list 🙂 Happy New Year!

  6. Amber Ludwig says:

    I didn’t run much because I was so busy training to become a pole fitness instructor!! I start teaching my first classes in January and I couldn’t be more excited!! Wooo!! Cheers to 2018!!

  7. Christina A. says:

    Wow–that’s totally amazing! Good job!! I admit…I’m all about low impact exercise this year. I have pretty permanent damage from running so I am going to focus on bicycling this year! Keep up the good work!!

  8. I’m super impressed with all your running and the destination races. That’s one thing I’m jealous of because I rarely get to travel for a race, although it looks like I’ll get to this year, at least for a couple. You did a great job with running in 2017… glad you didn’t have any injuries!

  9. Amy S says:

    SO MANY MILES! As usual, I love your attitude. Grateful I was able to run a race with you in 2017!

  10. Amy D says:

    Very impressive and eventful year in running for you! I struggle to just get in 20 miles a week on top of my other workouts. My plan is to try and average 30 miles per week. I like to run short distances for speed, so we’ll see.

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