21 In Running & Training

Wrapping Up 2017

I went from working out 5 days in a week two weeks ago to working out twice this week.  The cold weather hit and I went in to hibernation mode hard!  So aside from hitting up the gym yesterday and running this morning, I don’t have much to talk about this week.  That’s why I decided to recap my 2017 today.

My Goals for 2017

Last year at this time, I was new to Instagram and looking to set up my blog.  My 2017 goals were:

Become a RRCA Certified Running Coach

Run a sub-2 half and a 50 minute 10k

Run in three new states

Strength Train on a regular basis

Launch my blog

I was able to check a few things off!  I successfully became a coach, launched my blog, started a run coaching business, ran a sub 2 hour half and crossed one more State off the list.  My strength training came in waves and as it turns out, I only raced one 10k this year.  I didn’t attempt to run a 50 minute race.  Not too shabby.

I have to say that blogging is the best thing that every could have happened to me this year.  It has brought so many amazing people and new friends in to my life that I never would have come in contact with otherwise.  It gives me a creative outlet and has also given me some pretty cool opportunities.  I know that it’s only going to get better from here!

Racing Recap

I completed 30 races this year in four different States: PA, WV, OH, KY.  Kentucky was the State that we haven’t been to before this year for a race.  Of the 30 races, I completed my first 50k, 5 half marathons, two 10ks, 17 5ks, and a few other random distance races.  The 50k race wasn’t even on my radar at this time last year!  If you would like to read more about that journey, you can catch up here.  My only real PR this year was my half marathon time.  I don’t count the 5 miler, 1 miler and 50k times since it is the first time I raced those distances.

2017 in 10 pictures:

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2018 Goals

I haven’t really sat down to get this all figured out yet but I can share a few insights with you.  I would like to run at least 8 half marathons to bring my total up to 30.  This should not be difficult since I already have 7 half marathons on my list.  I’ll cross at least one more State off the racing map.  Finally, I would like to get new 5k, 10k, and half marathon PR’s.  I don’t think I’ll do another marathon this year.  I’ve enjoyed my lower mileage year in 2017!  

And with that, I’m going to be signing off for 2017.  This will be my last blog post so that I can enjoy some time with my family and refill my cup over the next few weeks.  In the mean time, you can keep up with me on Instagram.

Posts from this past week:

Cold Weather Running

The Almighty To Do List

Sharing the Love

This week, I’m linking up with Steff of RunSteffRun and Tricia and HoHo for the Weekly Wrap


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  • Reply
    December 17, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I haven’t done my 2017 wrap up yet–I’m waiting until I have my total mileage for the year. I’m also still thinking about my goals for 2018.

    It’s been fun getting to know you through your blog! Looking forward to following you in 2018. Happy Holidays!

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      December 20, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Thanks! I’ve had so much fun getting to know you and the rest of the ladies as well. What a great group!
      I’m excited to see how 2018 shapes up for you! Have a great holiday!

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    Deborah Brooks
    December 17, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Blogging has brought so many fun and inspiring people into my life as well. It’s been fun connecting with you. See you in 2018

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      December 20, 2017 at 4:35 pm

      Same! Have a great holiday 🙂
      We’ll catch up soon!

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    Judy @ Chocolaterunsjudy
    December 17, 2017 at 8:04 pm

    Wow, that’s a whole lot of races! And it sounds like you pretty much crushed your goals. I added 4 states this year, but there was only one state that was new to me (and we loved it — UT). Unfortunately I don’t think we’ll be adding as many next year, but I would like to cross off at least another 2 (preferably 3!). But I really like to take my time & really visit, which is why I only do a few a year.

    Hope 2018 is a great year for you!

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      December 20, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      It’s hard to add new states because of the travel and expenses. We’ve crossed off all the surrounding states so far.
      Same! Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

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    Kimberly Hatting
    December 17, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I decided to do two wrap-ups…one for races and one as a more “in general” post (since I did have that small hiccup in there over the summer). One of those is “in the works,” and the other isn’t (yet). I didn’t realize you had done so many 5K’s! I was able to add a few new states to “run” in (PA, OH, and NV), but only one actually had a race. There were several new cities, too. Good luck in 2018!

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      December 20, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      That’s a really good idea to do 2 wrap-ups! You’ve come so far since your surgery!
      I rack up the 5k’s through my pacing gigs.

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    Michelle @ Running with Attitude
    December 17, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    You had a great year Sara! I’m amazed by how much racing you were able to do. I’m still thinking about goals for 2018 – lots swirling around in my head.

    I’m so glad I discovered your blog! See you in 2018 🙂

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      December 20, 2017 at 4:40 pm

      Yes! I’ve enjoyed getting to know you as well!
      I’ll be excited to see what you decide for 2018

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    December 17, 2017 at 10:59 pm

    It all sounds great! Getting new states in is always fun.

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    December 18, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Congrats on a great year of races AND first year of blogging. The blog world has changed so much since I started almost 9 years ago. Cheers to a wonderful 2018!

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      December 20, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Cheers to you! I’m looking forward to an even better 2018!
      Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday

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    Kim G
    December 18, 2017 at 7:57 am

    You had an awesome year Sara – congrats! I am thankful for the opportunity to connect with you via blogging this year. I really love your blog – everything from the content, design and upbeat atmosphere.

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      December 21, 2017 at 7:05 pm

      You’re so sweet! Thank you 🙂
      And likewise, I’ve really enjoyed connecting with you this year. You’re such an inspiration.

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    December 18, 2017 at 9:01 am

    Way to go, Sara!! Looks like 2017 was a pretty good year for you. I’m so glad to have found your blog! Looking forward to following you through 2018. 🙂

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      December 20, 2017 at 4:41 pm

      Thanks lady and same to you! Keep up the strong work 🙂

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    December 19, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Congrats – you accomplished a lot in the past year! And I’m sure the 10K PR is just a matter of time.

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      December 20, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      Thanks! For sure…..I rarely race 10ks so I just need to pick one out.

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    HoHo Runs
    December 19, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    What a fantastic year for you! I’m so glad you started your blog and joined us here each week. I’m not an official 50 stater, but I do like it when I can add a new state to my list (two this year). Here’s to a wonderful 2018! Thanks for linking.

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      December 20, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Yes, same! I’m so glad that I found your link up. I’ve enjoyed getting to know everyone throughout the year! Hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday!

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