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My Year in Running 2015

Year in Running - my 2015 running recap

Last year, around this time, I shared my 2014 running recap with you, so I thought it would be fun to join the link up again with Eat Pray Run DC.

One word: If I had to use one word to describe this year it would be camaraderie – this is the year I totally went from a solo runner chasing my personal bests to a group runner, running with my best running friends for the sheer joy of running.  I ran far fewer races this year than in years past, but that’s ok because I had a blast at each one.  My focus and goals over this year changed, especially after I completed my 40th birthday bucket list race.  I’m learning to run more for my general health, to enjoy running more, instead of beating myself up with running.

Here’s a list of the races I completed this year:

Best race experience: This one goes to the Mississauga Half Marathon – I felt fantastic that whole race and ran my fastest half marathon ever, just narrowly missing the sub 1:50 that will be my goal next year).  All of the triathlon training I was doing along with the speedwork with Juliette and Becky had me in the best shape of my post-kids life.

Best run: Although every run with my running buddies is awesome, there have been a few pretty epic runs lately where I was able to sneak out of the house with my music and headed to the “trails” near Mill Pond.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE trail running and hopefully I can do more in 2016.

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Best new piece of running gear: For my 40th birthday my husband gave me a $200 gift card to the Running Room.  I didn’t think there was anything I wanted until I came across the CamelBak Classic 70 oz. Hydration Pack – (Blue).  I totally love that I can now run without a waistpack riding up under my boobs 🙂

Best running advice you’ve received this year: This one was more for the 1/2 Ironman I did: “Just keep swimming”.  Given that I had a panic attack during the swim, I’m glad I followed this advice and was able to finish.

Most inspirational runner: Everyone that gets out there and runs – no matter how fast, slow or how often you run, you inspire me!

Favorite picture from a run or race this year: Ironman 70.3 Muskoka – Look at the joy/relief on my face!

Ironman Muskoka Finish Line

This picture from Around the Bay comes a close second:

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Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat: 5 Peaks Trail Race – it was a lot of fun to run with my daughters, which is part of the reason I run now, so I can run with them later in life.

5 Peaks Trail Race

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be? Family, friends, and joy!

Overall this year I ran 300 fewer kilometers, 40 less hours and at a much slower pace than last year, though I would say that I definitely had far more fun this year!

Linking up with Eat, Pray, Run DC

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  • Jen @ Pretty Little Grub
    December 16, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Are you running the Mississauga one again this year? I know Carmy is doing it and trying to convince me to do it instead of Toronto.
    You had a fantastic year. I’m always in awe of how much you accomplish with your busy life. You’re very inspirational.

  • Krysten
    December 16, 2015 at 10:07 am

    What an awesome year! You definitely accomplished some amazing things! Way to go girlie!

  • Lucie Palka
    December 16, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Great 2015 race highlight Janice! Even though you ran less races, looks like you had a fabulous year! Your pictures are great!

  • Cathy V
    December 17, 2015 at 9:19 am

    Love it!

  • NYG@NaughtyYogaGirl.com
    December 17, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Love, love, love that you did this! I’ve had to stop running the past few months because of a back injury, but I’m totally doing this next year. 🙂

    • Janice
      December 17, 2015 at 10:45 pm

      Thanks! I hope your back recovers soon – I have a recurring SI sprain, it sucks!

  • Christy
    December 18, 2015 at 6:15 am

    I just ordered an Orange mud hydration pack to hopefully get rid of the hydration belt… hopefully I like it, your camel back looks nice! Love the great race pictures too you look so happy in both of them!

  • courtney @ eat pray run dc
    December 21, 2015 at 11:22 am

    that ironman pic = a total money shot. love.it! such a great year. can’t wait to see you go sub 1:50!

    • Janice
      December 21, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks Courtney & thanks for hosting the link up!

  • Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
    December 22, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Congrats on an awesome year of running! I think I need to do more running with friends and remember the joy of running races, rather than putting so much pressure on myself! And I have to admit I did NOT think that you were over 40! 🙂

  • Elle
    December 23, 2015 at 3:04 am

    My friend actually got me a Camelbak for my birthday last year and I have to say that it is a life saver when I use it for hikes! It is so convenient and hold surprisingly a lot of water and any other essentials (keys, phone) as well.

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