A lot happened in 2016. Throughout the world, there was a lot of really crappy stuff going on. People are understandably done with 2016. Personally, I was pretty happy with the year as a whole. In terms of health, fitness, personal connections, and ‘life in general’, I don’t have much to complain about. I consider myself fortunate and very blessed. However, it’s now time to bid Farewell 2016!
While I didn’t hit my target for 2016 km in 2016, I managed a respectable total of 1576 km. There was also a lot of racing, and a lot of different distances:
- 30km x 1
- Half Marathon x 9
- 14km x 1
- 10km x 6
- 8km x 2
- 5km x 2
- 1 mile x 1
- Plus…2 trail races, 1 cross country, 1 snowshoe race, 1 virtual race, and the fun-but-hard-to-define Bagel Chase
That’s about 28 races, depending on how you count them – and 366.6km of racing in total (1km of racing for each day of the year!). I won’t go into any great detail here, but you can get your fill of my race reports if you visit my All My Race Reports page! There were a few medals involved, too:
The races are great, but it’s really the people that keeping me running. A huge shout out to all the people I’ve had the pleasure of running with this year: RunVan, Forerunners, West Van Run Crew, and BibRave folks…you all rock!
Plus, all the individuals who’ve run with me and supported my running – and the new running friends I’ve made along the way – thank you! Here are a just a few* of the many faces that made 2016 extra special…
*NOT an exhaustive collage of important running people!!
While I hadn’t set any specific ‘fitness’ goals for 2016, I was pretty consistent in attending Pilates classes at the YMCA with Christie Stoll (she’s amazing), work-sponsored yoga classes, and some irregular visits to the gym. Some room for improvement, but overall not too shabby.
I also joined the new local bike sharing system, Mobi, and started cycling again after many years.
A lot of travel in 2016 involved racing. Those 9 half marathons were run in
- 2 provinces: BC, obviously, and Ontario (Hamilton Road2Hope)
- 3 states: Colorado (Platte River Half); Washington (North County Wine Run); and California (San Francisco 2nd Half)
During these travels, we were able to reconnect with friends we hadn’t seen in many years – which was probably one of the things that made this year extra special!
My honey & I celebrated 5 years of wedded bliss in June (and 17 years together in December!).
Got to celebrate my Dad’s 85th birthday with him.
Ran my 30th lifetime half marathon – I ran my first in 2011.
My goals for 2017? I’m going to keep that under wraps for now. I looked back at my Themes for 2016 post – and the areas I wanted to focus on this year. Overall, I think I achieved what I had hoped to achieve.
There’s always room for improvement. Suffice it to say, 2017 will be directed toward personal growth in a few different areas. What that will look like has yet to be seen. But I’m optimistic, and believe that next year will be a good one!
Wishing all my readers all the best for 2017!
Happy New Year!