At the beginning of 2017, I set a goal to run at least 300 miles. I ended up running 438 miles. I ran the most miles in August 2017. I ran 13 5k races, 6 10k races, 6 half marathons, and a marathon.
I even travelled to San Francisco for a half marathon and Las Vegas for both a 5k and half marathon. It was fun getting to go on short weekend racecations.
I think my biggest accomplishment in running In 2017 was running the marathon. It was my first time ever running 26.2 miles. I trained four months for it. It took me 5 hours and 15 minutes to finish. My Next marathon will be the Los Angeles marathon. My goal will be to finish In under 4 hours and 45 minutes.
Having done so many different races, I feel like my favorite is the half marathon, 13.1 miles. It’s challenging but not as hard as the marathon. I also like the 5k races, but I’m not a big fan of the 10k races tbh.
In 2018, I hope to travel more places and run more miles. I also want to set more PRs. My running goal is to run at least 500 miles in 2018.
A year ago I couldn’t have imagined running more than 1 mile at a time. This month, I ran my first 10k race (6.2 miles) and my first half marathon (13.1 miles).
My first half marathon (February 5, 2017) was really tough. It took place at the Surf City half marathon in Huntington Beach, California. My official race time was 3 hours and 29 minutes. Much worse than my goal time of 2 hours and 30 minutes. I started training for it at the end of December, but was having problems with my left knee at the end of January, so I didn’t run as much as I could have. I have another half marathon in May and I am hoping to train more and be better prepared for that run. My goal for that one will be 2 hours and 45 minutes.
My first 10k race was Run to Remember LA, (February 12, 2017) which was a week after my half marathon, and it took place in Los Angeles, starting at The Grove and passing through Paramount Pictures studio. This was a much better race for me. My time was 1 hour and 9 minutes. My goal had been 1 hour and 10 minutes.
While many people might not understand why runners like to run so much, running has definitely improved my life. I feel happier, healthier, and stronger.