2016: My running year in review

2015 is coming to a close. This has been my most successful year in terms of running accomplishments. First and foremost, I have managed to stay healthy most of the year. Besides the occasional shin splints or lingering cramp, I have been fortunate this year.

I’ve ran more miles this year than ever before (over 1011 and counting with 20 days to go!); this makes me simultaneously happy and sad. I’m proud of the fact that I’ve ran so much this year, but it makes me sad that I probably won’t be breaking this record in the near future, as I turn my focus back to triathlon.

I retained a running coach for a little less than half of the year. Having a coach provided me external accountability to do my training, guidance and structure to my race training and giving me the confidence to run more. I don’t think my marathon PR would’ve happened without him.

Where I ran in 2015
Where I ran in 2015

Cities and states I ran in:

  • Arvada, Boulder and Fort Collins, Colorado
  • Anaheim, Huntington Beach and San Francisco, California
  • Miami Beach, Florida
  • Cancun, Mexico
  • Kona, Hawaii
  • Rapid City, South Dakota

Races ran:

  • 10K – Five
    • Colorado Marathon 10K
    • Arvada Park to Park 10K
    • BolderBoulder
    • Arvada Turkey Trek
    • Plymouth Rock ‘n’ Run
  • Half Marathon – Four
    • Surf City Half Marathon
    • Miami Beach Half Marathon
    • Arvada Harvest Festival Half Marathon
    • Denver Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon
  • Marathon – One
    • Portland Marathon

I PRed every distance this year!

  • 10K – 52:23 (Bolder Boulder) then I broke that record again, 49:43 (Plymouth Rock ‘n’ Run)
  • Half Marathon – 1:53:42 (Surf City)
  • Marathon – 4:22:30 (Portland)

What’s on deck for 2016? I have two things on my calendar right now: Surf City half marathon and Ironman 70.3 Calgary. I’m getting back into triathlon after taking all of 2015 off. I’ll be logging far fewer running miles this year, but I’m excited to get back into the pool and start riding my new bike. I will add more races (BolderBoulder? Some local Arvada races? A sprint triathlon?) in the future though.

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2 thoughts on “2016: My running year in review”

  1. Wow! What an awesome running year. By contrast I am looking at my lowest mileage since 2009 at just over 200 miles and only one local event. Good luck at Calgary. I usually swim at Meyers Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

  2. Very impressive year Phil! 1000 miles is no easy accomplishment. Also I am really impressed with how fast you are getting. You will do great at Calgary.

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