Sunday, January 1, 2017

Almost! (WW # 74)

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My Week At A Glance:

M    Ran 6 Easy
T     Ran 6 Easy
W    Rest
T     Ran 3 Easy
F     Rest 
S     Ran 8 (1 w/u 7 @ 9:41)
S     Rest  

Total = 23 Miles




I didn't set any goals for 2016 (I never really do) but I noticed about a month ago I was going to come very close to running 1200 miles.  So, I made sure to add an extra mile here and there in order to make it happen.  How exciting!  It would definitely be my largest mileage in one year.  On Thursday afternoon (December 29th) I decided to double check my figures and realized one of my short bike rides was mistakenly categorized as a run.  Wah...wah...waahhh [cue deflating balloon noise].  Could I squeeze in the necessary 16 miles in two days?  Uh...no.  I'm pooped!  I gave up on the-dream-I-didn't-know-I-had and instead added an extra day of rest.  I'm over it.  I am.  Yes, I am.  Moving on...



Although 2016 started off very rocky with a lot of hard work ahead of me, I polished off 2 marathons, 8 half marathons, 4 sprint triathlons, 1 ten miler and 7 5ks.  I also had the wonderful opportunity to meet quite a few blogger friends in Chicago and Panama City Beach.  I came in at 1193 miles for the year and 161 for December, both of which are personal records.  Unfortunately, my cycling mileage was only 478 -- much lower than 2015.  There was dog-paddling swimming and my much adored water skiing too.  I'll spare you the tedious quantification of those activities. {You're most welcomed!}

2016 in Medals


This week was an attempt to return to a normal routine including normal eating.  I was delighted to get a day-after-Christmas calorie-busting 6 miler in with my sister as we only see each other a couple of times each year.  There was another 6 miles the following day -- still working on that 1200 mark!  {I swear, I'm over it!}

Silly mailbox greetings from UhOh and HoHo (it was very warm!)

Tuesday's dark, warm and foggy run.


Saturday, I ran my last "long" run of eight miles.  Because it was end of month and end of year, I had to work for a while.  Yuck.  We later watched our beloved Tide roll over Washington, went out for Mexican food and then watched a movie while snuggled up with the dogs.  New Years Eve has never been a big celebration at our house.  We ended the year in our typical preferred low key fashion.

Just hold it right there, New Year!

So many others are posting about 2017 goals and race plans.  I simply can't think beyond this marathon. I felt the same way last year.  Mentally, my new year can't start until after this race.  It's like my mind is in a fog.  I'm just six days and a few easy short runs away from running my third marathon {GULP}.  I will mostly be doing a HoLottaNothing this week.  I can only hope Mother Nature will be kind.  She was on an extreme humidity bender last year.  Perhaps this will be the one?   

And that's a wrap!


I wish everyone a safe, healthy and happy New Year.

How did you celebrate New Year's Eve?

What is your highest yearly mileage?  How about monthly?


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  1. I was so close to that 1000 mark--if only I had had one more week to run. But like you, I'm over it.

    I do like to set goals for each year, but 2017 is kind of a big question mark now. Optimistically, I want to do a lot of running. Fingers crossed that I can. I will be waterskiing! Ahem.

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    1. I just need a couple of days to hit that mark. Oh, well. I tend to form general ideas but no hard set goals. Something always seems to foil the plans anyway. Uh-oh. I think my husband's last minute planning is rubbing off on me. Water skiing is excellent as there is NO POUNDING!

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  2. You had a really great year ! Good luck on your race next weekend !
    I cooked dinner for 8 people for New Year's. It was a lot of work considering that my husband had to work so I did all the cooking. It was fun of course, but I was all cooked out. 16 people for Christmas and 8 for New Years for a full sit down meal each time means lots of cleaning (before & after) and cooking. Now it is back to work tomorrow, before a busy busy January.

    Thanks for the link up ! I am going to take a blog break but will check back often.

    Can't wait to read about the marathon !

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    1. Cooking for a crowd (and all that cleaning) is definitely hard work. I thankfully have one more day off to chill. I intend to keep my feet up for most of the day. Thanks for the marathon well wishes. I plan to channel all of the incredible support found here! I'll miss your blog.

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  3. As I hinted around earlier in the week, I think I will adopt a mileage goal for this year. March came in at my most mileage month with just over 93 miles. In fact I think I'll go for just a little bit more in most goals this year. Nothing crazy just #domore #dobetter. We'll see. Looking forward to 2017!

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    1. As we discussed, I think you can easily add to your weekly numbers without too much effort. I look forward to getting into 2017 and making some real plans. If I'm healthy after Disney, I would love to run the Callaway half and the end of January. It is such pretty scenery.

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  4. I came in a bit under 800 this year -- I would have liked it to be a little more (although I also have no yearly mileage goals) but it is what it is and I'm at peace with that.

    I am praying hard for the perfect weather for you at Disney! You deserve it, Holly. I really do hope this is the one.

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    1. After my year started so roughly, I was surprised to see the number as high as it was. Since I can't control the weather or anything else, I'll just have to do my best with whatever the day brings.

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  5. I totally get not being able to think past your marathon. Give it just one more week, and then you'll have all the time in the world to dream up new goals while you're recovering. I'm so excited for you. YES, to answer your question, this WILL be the one! Happy New Year!

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    1. If this race goes well, I may be very trigger happy with the ol' registration button. But, one thing I've got to take seriously is my recovery. I'm due for a little time off I think.

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  6. I've been following the weather for this week as I'll be working in Orlando and it's supposed to drop to the 40s on Friday! I hope it stays that way for you guys during the marathon! Try to stop by the Fit2Run booth and ask for me- I'll be working the marathon and I love to meet new people and fellow bloggers!

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    1. Yes, the weather forecast has definitely improved (lower temps) in the last couple of days. I also know it will change 100 times between now and then. LOL. Fingers crossed. I'm not going to the expo until Saturday afternoon but will definitely stop by!

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  7. Good luck with that marathon! I'm not a New Year's person either, and I was in my PJs even before dinner. I have a head cold, so between that and happy to see 2016 move on, I wasn't in the mood to celebrate. I slept through it all.

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    1. I fell asleep a couple of times during the evening, Since I was snuggled in the recliner with the dogs, I just couldn't help myself. Here's to a wonderful 2017!

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  8. Sometimes, you just have to let the numbers be - but your numbers were huge! Love that mailbox shot of you and your sister. :)

    Hope your week goes well - rest, rest, rest. Fingers crossed for some good weather for your marathon.

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    1. It's what I get for not checking the accuracy of my miles early on. It surely wasn't that important enough to me to compromise my taper time. I'll need all the finger crossing I can get!

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  9. Good luck next weekend at your marathon! Can't wait to follow along on IG and read your recap when you get around to writing it.

    I used to consistently run about 1,800-1,900 miles per year, but that was when I was running several marathons per season and always in training mode (and much younger). I haven't added up my mileage for this year...

    Thanks for the linkup!

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    1. That is very impressive mileage. There is such a wide margin of mileage between runners. I guess everyone has a sweet spot at any given age.

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  10. That's so fun that your sister runs too! I know what you mean about the marathon being all-consuming. Good luck!!

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    1. My sister was a big influence in my own decision to start running. It is fun when we get the opportunity to run together.

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  11. You had a great year Holly! It's been fun following along on all of your adventures.

    I'll be keeping my fingers crossed that Ma Nature is kind. Good luck next weekend!!

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    1. This year did feel like it was full of adventure! I'll need all the finger crossing I can get. Thanks!

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  12. Thats so frustrating about coming so close to 1200 miles! This year I ran just under 900, and I think my highest was in 2014 with about 1300 miles. I dont blame you for not being able to think past your marathon! Good luck next weekend!

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    1. I should have checked my numbers much sooner. I already felt I was playing with fire by running such a high mileage month. I decided i couldn't sacrifice my marathon taper just to hit that number.

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  13. You've got to keep your eyes on the prize! There is plenty of time for setting new goals after Disney. In the meantime, celebrate your 2016 accomplishments - there were many!

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    1. Yes, eyes on the prize! I am pleased at how 2016 ended after having such a rocky start. I hope I can remain healthy in 2017.

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  14. I felt the same way last year. I felt as if my new year didn't even start until AFTER the Disney marathon. Good Luck lady!

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    1. I was so beat up last year after that race (from running fresh off that fracture), my year really didn't start until mid February. I sadly missed a few of my favorite local half marathons too.

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  15. Oh, what a bummer to discover that miscategorized bike ride. :(

    We did absolutely nothing to ring in the New Year. LOL. Some years I try to force something to happen, but didn't feel up to it this year. Which ended up being kinda good since I got a cold a few days ago.

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    1. It serves me right for not checking that mileage earlier. I could have easily hit that mark with enough planning but felt it was stupid to compromise my taper. I'm happy with a low key celebration. Less stress.

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  16. Woooooot for race week! I'm so excited for you! Humidity be gone! Any way you slice it, you had a great year and I'm so blessed to have seen you TWICE!

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    1. This race came around very quickly, even though the last couple of days have been dragging on. I'm quite tired at this point and pray my body will hold up for the duration. I hope we can get together again in 2017!

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  17. I had my highest ever yearly mileage (965) and my highest ever monthly mileage in October (169)....and I don't think it's a coincidence I'm in a bit of an injured state at the moment LOL Many runners thrive on high mileage, but I'm an quite thankful I can hold my own with fewer numbers. And, I will embrace that reality in 2017 (among other realities as well). #movingon ;-)

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    1. Since I regularly run many half marathons during the year, my mileage is usually somewhere around 1000-1100. Hitting 1200 would have been nice, but I had to let it go. Your highest month mileage is HUGE. Impressive!

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  18. I finished off 2016 with 1283 miles (the most I've ever done in a year!). Pleased and happy with it. The most I did in a month was was in August at 191. :-)

    As for New Year's, we had dinner at home and then I went to my cousin's house with my nephew. However, we left around 11:30 as I did not want to be out in the street at midnight.

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    1. Those are very impressive yearly and monthly mileages records. I don't like to be out and about on NYE either. We went to dinner just a couple of blocks away. A quiet night at home is preferable.

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  19. I came in at about 880 miles this year - a little less than usual but since I was pregnant and then had to take some time off postpartum, i'm pretty pleased with that number. We had a good NYE out. Yay for race week!!! You can set some new goals - and I can't wait to see what they are!

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    1. Your mileage is truly impressive being that you were pregnant and gave birth this year. Amazing actually.

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  20. Happy New Year! I still don't have my race plans for 2017 figured out. I'm so behind and still need to do a 2016 year in review post. Looks like I ran 1341 miles this year which is the most I've ran in a year. :)

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    1. I don't think we should feel pressured to have everything figured out for the new year on January 1st. It's my experience things always happen that change the goals anyway. I'd rather just make it up as I go along, I think. LOL. Great job on your mileage!

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  21. I'm so excited to see how your marathon goes! You had a really great year, congratulations! I've been thinking about getting a bike, I really do enjoy riding and I think it would be a great way to cross-train! Overall I just want to keep running and stay healthy!

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    1. I adore my bike (unless it's cold and windy). I think you would too. It is excellent cross training. I use the HR info on my watch to stay within my target HR. It's great in the heat of summer when you make your own breeze too!

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  22. Happy New Year! Hopefully I'll run into you at Disney! I went to bed at 9PM on New Years Eve, haha.

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    1. I definitely keep an eye out for you! We are arriving last minute and I'll be going to the expo probably mid day on Saturday after the crowds have thinned. I would go to bed as soon as the little one does! HA.

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  23. I hadn't set a yearly mileage goal, but earlier in the week when I looked at the numbers I saw I was close to 900 and that it would be foolish not to try and make it!! I did look back to 2015 and I had 30+ than this year!! I had to stop setting number goals because I end up all wrapped up in the numbers!!

    I'm looking forward to the Disney Half next week. I hope you have great weather on Sunday.

    Jodi

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    1. I was really doing my best to hit 1200 but when I saw my error with only 2 days left -- I had to let it go. I couldn't compromise my taper. I'm already feeling quite beat up. It looks like we are going to thankfully have cool weather for Disney, if that forecast doesn't change (but it probably will!).

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  24. I made it to 1,000, but had to scramble around and add runs this week. It made for a fun challenge and reminded me that I do like 30+ miles weeks (been a while since I had one!). Your year end stats are great. Love the races you ran/tri'd. Happy New Year!

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    1. If I'd only realized the error sooner, it would have been easy to achieve the number. It's funny how much it bothered me when I didn't even have a mileage goal to begin with!

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  25. I like low key new years myself. Unfortunately this was not the year. Congrats on a FABULOUS year! You are an inspiration and one super cool chick! Thanks for being a fun part of my year! Cheers! #holottafun

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    1. I'm sorry your year ended on a sad note. Here's hoping you have a wonderful 2017 full of laughter and joy (and that new little one too!).

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  26. I had my highest mileage total this year - 1046.

    I think my highest monthly total is 101 and I don't do that often.

    Even with your injury, you had a great year.

    Thanks so much for organized our #holottafun weekend. Hope we can do another.

    I hope you have a fun marathon. I am confident that you are ready...

    Looking forward to staying connected in 2017.

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    1. We absolutely will stay connected and certainly hope we can get together again this year. I've got a few thoughts swirling around but just need to get this little race out of the way first.

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  27. best wishes on a great marathon!

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  28. Happy New Year Holly! My highest monthly miles is 161 miles too! I ran the most miles this year with 1358 miles! Marathon training definitely brings your mileage up! Good luck in your marathon and I'm hoping the weather will be good for your run!

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    1. You had an impressive year! Yes, marathon training certainly helps with those numbers.

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  29. I'm no math teacher, but I think you should round up to 1200 and call it a day (er, year). Congrats on such a successful year. Looking forward to your marathon recap!

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  30. WOOHOO!!! Awesome year of racing and GOOD LUCK in your Disney Marathon! I hope the weather cooperates and you have a blast :) Can't wait to hear about it!

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    1. So far, the weather is looking really good. But, you know how that goes... I plan to enjoy it no matter what! How could I not?

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  31. I ran over 2,000 miles in 2016 but honestly, I feel like a yearly mileage goal is a bit overrated. I'd rather have good race results and stay healthy than just run a lot of miles, so maybe I need to run less next year. I don't know. Anyway, you had a great 2016 of running and triathlon no matter how many miles you ran. So you made what you did run count and that means something!

    We also watched the tide roll as well as Clemson roll over OSU but I think Alabama will win the championship. They're just so good every single year... powerhouse.

    I can't wait to see what 2017 brings for you!

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    1. The high mileage numbers are very impressive but I definitely agree with your point about staying healthy. I didn't think Bama looked very good against Washington. Clemson will be a great game. And, it could go either way!

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  32. I'm the same about putting any thoughts of 2017 goals until after marathon. That's such a huge mental ordeal, that I can't get my mind to focus on anything else. Fingers crossed - our weather looks pretty perfect for Florida!

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    1. HA! That race is pretty much occupying all thought at this point. I've got my fingers crossed...and my toes. I'm going to look for you. If I don't see you, I hope you have a fabulous race!

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  33. Wow, you were close to 1,200 miles weren't you??? I'm so freaking impressed with your mileage ...I've never surpassed 1,000 miles in a year and certainly didn't even come close to that this year. Oh well...I'm over it too :) I'm thinking I will have to set mileage goals for 2017 that includes cycling and running combined in order to reach a decent number. Good luck with your marathon ...You will do great! Happy New Year Holly!

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    1. I was surprised at how low my cycling mileage was! I felt like I rode so much more than that. Last year it was much bigger -- since I couldn't run for a few months. Next year, I'll verify my mileage a lot sooner!

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  34. I absolutely LOVE your mailbox selfie with your sister! How great and what a fantastic year! Great job Holly!

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    1. My sis was a little skeptical. "We're going to do what?" LOL. I'm sure my neighbors think I'm insane -- waving to my mailbox, and jumping, etc.

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  35. Wow - so close to 1200 miles! I'm super impressed with that -- I gave up on my 1000 mile goal soon after my marathon when I decided that it was too much for my recovery period.

    And have an AWESOME time at the marathon this coming weekend!!! I'm cheering for you from Chicago!

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    1. It was hard to be that close and decide not to go ahead and get it. I was afraid I'd compromise my marathon taper. That priority won out!

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  36. I was fighting to get to 1300 miles for the year, also a personal best. I just couldn't land on an odd number like 1293 (which I was almost stuck on)!

    I feel you about not being able to look past a full marathon. It's tough to plan ahead when you're in the throes of training. Can't wait to read your recap!

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    1. I felt very strange about my odd number. But, I had to let it go! 1195 sounds so much better! Even though its odd -- a 5 is very good! I know, weird.

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  37. You had an awesome year! Lots of miles, lots of successful races. Good luck in Disney and have lots of fun!

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    1. I appreciate that. I do intend to have some Disney fun!

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  38. Actually, one of my goals this year is to track my mileage. The last time I did was in a little handwritten notebook in 2011 - and I insisted on being 100% accurate & going out to two decimal places which was just foolish - and made adding it all up a total nightmare.

    Needless to say, I'm excited to track & see what I end up with. I would guess somewhere around 500? I usually only run 3 days a week, and don't plan on running ANY marathons.

    YAY for running with your sister. I love that you two get to share that bond!

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    1. Before Garmin, I'd write mine down on a calendar (still do that too). Now I rely on my Garmin stats but check it against my calendar. It didn't match and I found my discrepancy. I didn't tell Garmin I was riding that day. Ugh! I bet your mileage will surprise you!

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  39. Congrats!!!!!!!! Best wishes this week at Disney, too!!! I didn't have any mileage goals this year, and typically don't run for mileage as I am prone to injury.

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    1. I've never set a mileage goal either. But when I saw how I was going to come really close to 1200, it planted a little seed...that unfortunately didn't sprout. LOL.

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  40. Happy New Year!! I'm sorry you were short of the goal, but your mileage is still very impressive!! way to go!!

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    1. 1193 is still the most miles I've run in a year, so I was pretty proud of that especially after starting off the year very slowly.

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  41. Very impressive medal rack for 2016! That's great that you were able to go for a run with your sister :)

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    1. You just reminded me that my husband made me a pretty maple wooden rack last year that I haven't used. I may put my full marathon medals on it wasn't made to hold tons a lot of medals anyway.

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  42. I sure Mother Nature is kind to you for this race...I hope all the stars align and you have the race I know you can run! I have my fingers and toes crossed :) You did an amazing job, and I have mileage envy, yes I do, I wish I could hold to half of what you do, but you really have done the work. I am still impressed you could jump right back into training so soon after Chicago.
    I am not making mileage goals this year but I always peek and if I get close to some good number I will be doing the same thing lol
    So far 1100 miles has been my biggest yearly mileage and 150 miles in a month. I hope I can get some bigger months like that again in 2017 but i am trying to be patient for now.
    Go get 'em at Disney, I'll be cheering from VA!

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    1. 1100 miles is a great year and I think you will get back there -- if you want. I will not set a mileage goal for 2017. But I will check my mileage much sooner so I can hit a nice round number. LOL.

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  43. Good luck this weekend!!! I'm sure you will be able to map out more of 2017 once you have Disney under your belt!! Looking forward to following you along for your adventures in 2017!

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  44. Happy New Year!

    I still haven't cracked 700 miles in a year, but I feel like I might get closer to 1000 this year, now that I'm healthy (knock on wood), and upping my regular training runs from 3 miles to 5-6. We shall see.

    We had a quiet night at home, which was just what we needed. Mr PugRunner's birthday is January 1, so it's hard to find a balance with all the celebrating!

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    1. You know, it's not about mileage. I think that is why I've never set a mileage goal or participated in a mileage challenge. Staying healthy is the most important thing.

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  45. Happy New Year and good luck on that upcoming race!!!

    I personally like to have a quiet New Years Eve... a Netflix or movie marathon is right up my alley. Unfortunately, the hubs wanted a party this year... it went from a manageable dinner for 4 to a shrimp boil for 9 to a party with 20+ people.

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