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2017 in Review

I am late in getting around to posting my recap from last year. Here is my look back at the year that was for me as far as running goes.

Overall I ran 2681.1 km (1666 miles) in 2017. That is less than the 3000 + km I was able to manage in previous years but I still managed to fit in a good year of running.

Of course the highlight for this year was finally getting the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon in April. The short version of the story is that it was well worth the wait  and is one event that certainly lives up to the hype. If you want the long version you can read my race recap here.

Just over a month later I managed to run the Ottawa Race Weekend half-marathon. I was pleased with being able to come close to running a sub 1:30 half just 6 weeks after running a marathon. Of course seeing my family at the finish line is always the biggest highlight of Race Weekend.

In September I resumed my annual pace bunny role in the Army Run half-marathon. This year the Army Race was more special for my family because my oldest daughter ran her first 5km before I ran the half. You can read more about that here. 

I closed out the year with a couple of shorter races that I had not thought of racing at the start of the year. Given the way my training slowed down in the second half of the year I was pleased with my results on both occasions.

The first was a 5 km effort with work colleagues. I managed to finish the race in under 20 minutes the previous two occasions I ran it. My goal was another sub 20 minute result and managed that and came closer to my times from the previous two occasions in the process. 

My final race of the year was a 10 km I found out about after travelling 5 hours to visit family on the west coast. Having not planned to run a race and feeling the effects of fatigue and jet lag I did not really have a goal for the race. As a result, I was quite pleased with a 6th place finish.

When I look back on it, despite the fact I ran less mileage and fewer races in 2017 it still ended up being a good year of running for me. Hopefully 2018 will be just as good!

2013 In Review



Another year has come and gone. In terms of running, it has been a busy and productive year. Overall I think I ran more races than I did the previous year as I trained for two more marathons. Along the way I managed to set a couple of personal best times, in the 5 km and the 10 km.

The year started out with me beginning a new training cycle to get me ready to run the Ottawa Marathon in May. In order to get ready for my local marathon I raced a 10 km on St Patrick’s Day, travelled to Hamilton to run the Around the Bay 30 km for the first time and ran a half-marathon one month before the marathon. All three races went according to plan.

In May I had a good run in the Ottawa Marathon setting a new pb and coming within a couple minutes of my Boston qualifying time. Following that result my focus turned into finding a fall marathon that would provide an opportunity to beat that time.

I quickly settled on Philadelphia for a fall marathon, my second time going there in three years. In order to get ready for it I hired a coach for the first time, the biggest change to my training routine in a while. Overall, I think that was a positive experience that I will continue in the new year.

While training for Philly I managed to set two new pb times, in the 10 km and in the 5 km. Both of those results gave me a good boost going into Philly. Unfortunately, I did not get the result I was looking for in Philly but it was still a great experience and an option I recommend for those looking for a November marathon.

Finally, today I surpassed the 3000 km mark (1864 miles) for the year. Overall it isn’t an important number but still a nice way to end the year.

That is a quick summary of my year in running. I am pleased with another strong year with a few new pb times along the way.

How was your 2013? What were some of the highlights?

2012 in Review

Here we are with another year coming to an end. For me, both on a personal level and in terms of running, it was a roller coaster year. The year got off to a negative start for me and ended on a good note.

As mentioned the year started off on a negative note. My year started off with the unexpected passing of my father in January. Fortunately i was able to use running to help get me through this difficult period. Not only did running provide me with a distraction from what was going on running also provided me with the time I needed to gather my thoughts and piece together the two eulogies I never expected to have to deliver this year.

In terms of running results this year, I managed to set personal bests in the half-marathon and marathon. In a tune-up race for the Ottawa Marathon I managed to break 1:30 in the half-marathon. In the Ottawa Marathon I set another personal best by breaking 3:20 with a 3:17 in the Ottawa Marathon.

I made an effort to set another personal best in the marathon in October. Unfortunately, a sprained ankle suffered while playing soccer four weeks before the marathon put an end to an end to any hope of setting a personal best. Fortunately I was able to recover in time to the marathon and I was able to run a 3:30 four weeks after injuring my ankle. My recovery from the injury was enough to give me more confidence as I head into 2013.

Finally, my year ended on the most positive of notes with the birth of my second daughter in November. I can’t think of a better way to end a year. I am already looking forward to when my second daughter is old enough to ride in the Chariot and experience some of the adventures I have shared with my older daughter.

Thanks for reading in 2012. I hope you have a great 2013!