We’ve almost reached the end of 2016! This is the last Tuesdays on the Run for this year. I’m ending the year with a bang though as I try to cram in training for the Walt Disney World Half Marathon in less than 2 weeks. This week’s topic – tell us what you learned about running in 2016? What are your takeaways? Wrap it all up!
I was selected as a Role Mother for Another Mother Runner in 2016, and I’ve had the best time doing it! In fact, I just answered a similar question about my best Mother Runner moments. Here was my answer:
Tania, the sputterer
2016 was a year of triumphs and disappointments for running. I finished my first marathon (woohoo!), but I ran injured, so it wasn’t my best race. However, I had the support of my family and friends which was awesome! I ran fun races with my BRFs. I had to take a break for a bit to heal my injury and then we moved, so training got off track. Then I was able to PR later in the year and get some of my mojo back. I also helped a friend PR a race and showed her she’s tougher than she thinks. We’re all tougher than we think. Here’s to 2017 as I start the year with the Walt Disney World Half Marathon. Wishing all you Mother Runners the best year ever!
Take a look at the other Role Mother answers!
What I Learned About Running in 2016
Did I snap out of my Sputterer phase in 2016? No. But you know what? That’s me. Between moving and starting Lola Lambchops this year, a lot of my training time was dedicated to other endeavors. Does that mean I suck? No. In fact, I was pretty proud of myself this year. I ran a freaking marathon! Sure, it wasn’t the best time ever, but I crossed that finish line injured. There’s something to be said for that.
My last two races I ran injury-free! Do you know how wonderful it is to feel that? I even got myself a shiny PR! In 2016 I learned to stop comparing my running to others. This is all about me, and it’s very liberating. People may give me the side eye for running so many runDisney races, but I have the best time with my BRFs! So I don’t care!
I learned that local races are fun, too! I ran a 5K with friends from college at our alma mater. I ran the Army 10-Miler in a beautiful city that I call home. I may have a love/hate relationship with running, but I’ll be darned if once I get out on the road with no expectations, my mind is clear and I enjoy the run.
We are tougher than we think. We are stronger than we think. I’m thankful for the running community. I’m so very grateful to Another Mother Runner for allowing me to be a Role Mother this year. 2016 had its ups and downs, but I always learn from both. I look forward to 2017! See ya on the pavement!