Running Year in Review 2016

I am sitting the cottage watching the snow gently fall snuggled up in a mermaid tail blanket. A fine gift that I got for Christmas, not just once, but twice! People know me too well.

My dream of being a legless sea creature is made even more strange given my love of running

With the year coming to an end, it seems like the perfect opportunity to reflect on my running and fitness accomplishments of 2016 and it’s been a great year!

The Highlights

Most Memorable Race: The London Triathlon. I had a goal of doing my first multi-sport event, and not only did I do two duathlons this year, I also did two triathlons. The London Triathlon was my first, and it was an amazing experience. I taught myself to swim (properly), bought a road bike and did a ton of brick workouts to prepare. It was a gorgeous, sunny day, and I had a bunch of friends there to cheer me on. An absolutely memorable accomplishment.

My favourite part of the day. Obviously.

Best Run: It’s a tie between my new half marathon personal best of 1:57:49 at the Hampton Palace Half Marathon, and my new 5K PB of 25:03 at the Highbury Fields Parkrun.

Favourite Race: Without question, it was Bay to Breakers in San Francisco. This hilarious costume race was definitely unlike any event I have ever done. My husband and I dressed as Mario and Luigi and ran the 12K course with thousands of semi-drunk revellers in costume… or nothing at all!

Best Piece of Gear: My new Apple Smartwatch with Nike+. While I only got this watch in October, it quickly became my favourite running accessory. Not only does it easily integrate with the Nike+ app, it also tracks all my other activity and I can make phone calls from my watch – which is an awesome, albeit weird, novelty. A close second is my prescription Ray Ban aviators. I wore them in nearly every race.

Accomplishment of the Year: Redesigning my blog in April, and making a more concerted effort on great content and pictures. And as a result, I was nominated for three UK blogging awards. I also had my first guest post published on The Runner Beans, a popular running and fitness blog by the lovely Charlie Watson.

The Lowlights

Let’s not dwell on this one, but I would be remiss if I didn’t at least acknowledge that not every run was wonderful. A few so-bad-they-were-memorable moments were:

  • Running a Parkrun in late November in the absolute pouring rain. It was freezing, and the puddles were so deep and cold. It was generally horrible.
  • I got run over by a big grey dog in Victoria Park when training for the Madrid Half Marathon. I was basically just dragging my tired body around the park when a man threw a ball for his dog. Unfortunately the dog was more focused on the ball than avoiding collision and took my legs right out from under me. Luckily, the only thing that was injured was my dignity.
  • The Olympic Park 10K. While it wasn’t a bad race time-wise for me, it was raining the entire time. All my technology failed. No watch, no music, no camera. I also did this race alone. Arrived alone. Ran alone. Went home alone. And to top it off, there was a spelling error on the race shirt!

The Numbers

  • 129 runs with an average pace of 5:39/km
  • 737 total kilometres run, the most since 2013 in a single year
  • 10 races (the most I have ever run in a single year since starting running in 2011)
  • 4 multi-sport races (Two duathlons, two triathlons)
  • Greatest distance in a single month: March with 109km
  • Total running duration: 69 hours, 59 seconds
  • Total approximate calories burned through running: 38,664
  • 15 Parkruns
  • 3 UK blogging award nominations
  • 1 new pair of shoes

What a great year of running and fitness! Here’s hoping 2017 brings more great challenges and accomplishments. Happy New Year!

PS – Don’t forget to vote for me in the Trespass blog awards! Just click here, then click on Running, and vote for Thoughts and Pavement. Voting ends January 9!


  1. Bhupinder December 30, 2016 / 8:05 pm

    Voted! Good luck! Happy New Year! 🙂

    • thoughtsandpavement January 5, 2017 / 9:43 am

      Thank you!

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