This year has been different from previous years. There was no fall marathon, no PRs and honestly nothing earth shattering. While this might not have been my best year of running, I’ve learned so much from this year and accomplished other goals. The Mr. and I moved into our dream house late summer, decided we didn’t want to move to Dallas, visited Scotland, had a spectacular weekend in Colorado, have reevaluated priorities and I have finally managed to adjust to my new commute.
RunDisney: Dopey Challenge
48.6 magical miles! I can’t say enough wonderful things about this race experience. I truly learned that the only limits that exist are the ones we place on ourselves. This race experience was unlike anything else because I ran the 5k and 10k with the Mr., ran the half marathon in the pouring rain and then finished the marathon all smiles. There is no way I could have believed that the whole thing was possible!
RunDisney: Princess Weekend Races
There is nothing quite like Princess Weekend at WDW. I especially love it because it’s quality time with my mom and sister. We always have the best time and this year was no exception. The Glass Slipper Challenge is the best!
Berry Half Marathon
The Berry Half Marathon at Berry College in Rome, Georgia totally surprised me. This course was challenging, but incredibly beautiful. It is hard to believe that this place is just north of Atlanta because you feel completely transported to another land. The Mr. and I had the best time running and then eating a yummy lunch in downtown Rome. This race was the perfect long training run on my build up to Edinburgh.
Tear Drop Half Marathon
The Tear Drop Half Marathon was weird and frankly pretty annoying. You’ll want to read my full recap, but it’s safe to say this didn’t make my 2018 race calendar. The mountains were stunning though and it did remind me how much I enjoy running downhill even though it’s so tough on the quads. This race wasn’t a total bust though. It was another solid training run in the build up to Edinburgh.
Not running this race was the disappointment of my year. I still get upset when I think about it, but I know that I made the right decision. Read the full recap for all the details, but it’s a heart breaking tale. Scotland has completely bewitched me though and I look forward to the day I can return and run 26.2 miles in this picturesque corner of the world.
Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon
This race never happened. I was signed up, hotels and flights were booked, but a week before the Mr. and I decided to save some money and head to Disney instead. I’m sad I wasn’t able to run this race, but I’m glad that we stayed closer to home, saved some money and were able to make selling and buying a home a priority. I would love to run this race in the future. Oregon has a special place in my heart.
RunDisney: Wine and Dine Half Marathon
I wasn’t prepared for this race at all. Buying and selling a home at the end of summer left me tired, emotionally wore out and physically exhausted. Add all that on top of adjusting to a very different work commute and I was in no shape to run let alone race. I slogged through though and had the best time with my mom and sister. Disney events never disappoint and I was thankful this was a Disney race. I didn’t feel the pressure to perform and listened to my body.