2017 has been a very busy year for me but full of so many wonderful things! I had no idea I would meet so many great people this past year. People who have since become like family. In the beginning of 2017, I struggled to be the very best I could be and wanted nothing more then to be fast. I wanted an awesome clock time every time I raced. When I didn’t get the clock time I wanted, I would try harder. Along the way I realized that’s not so important as I once made myself think it was. I still have the goal of under 30 for 2018 and I will keep working until I get it, but I have also realized how great it is to be able to run with the people I love most! Best thing about 2017 has been all of the friendships I have made and I will take those over any PR or first place win any day! Here’s a list of all of my favorite things that happened in 2017.
My Favorite Pictures of 2017:
January 2017: I ran my first half marathon in Warner Robins. 2018 is going to be another year filled with half marathons. I am currently registered for 4 already including the one at Warner Robins on the air force base.
February 2017: Had my first big PR at the Spartan 5K in Watkinsville. To this day, I remember the time 30:13. I was so close, I even saw 29 on the clock as I was coming down the hill. I will be back in 2018 to try the course once again for the 29. For those of you that don’t know the Spartan 5K has the best course to try to set a PR.
March 2017: Completed my first Spartan race. I was dead set on never doing a Spartan. I gave every excuse in the book as to why I didn’t want to do it. I even mentioned the fact I didn’t want to die. However, I’m glad I was talked in to it. It was a great experience and who knows what I will do in 2018. Maybe a Spartan Super…
April: We ran the Chick-Fil-A half marathon in Athens. This was my third half marathon and one of my favorites. Anyone who knows me, knows I love Chick-Fil-A. I could eat there every day of the week. Here we are, hanging out with our favorite cows:
July 2017: Ran my first Peachtree Road Race. It was the best experience and I can’t wait to do it again. I was in awe the entire race. I didn’t even notice the famous hill everyone talks about. This was hands down, the best race of 2017!
September 2017: Finished a 5K on the 50 Yard Line of the new Mercedes Benz stadium home to the Atlanta Falcons. Such a cool experience crossing the finish line on the field. I ran this race with my sister and we crossed the finish line together.
October 2017: Ran my 5th half marathon, the AthHalf. It was a love hate kind of relationship for this race. I love my hometown, so getting to run through downtown Athens was awesome. Therefore it made up for having to run every hill Athens has to offer.
December 2017: Ran the coolest races with the best folks in the world! Take a look at how much fun we had in December. Thank you to everyone who made this year the best year yet. It’s been a very fun year and I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings. I have had a blast getting to know so many wonderful people. My favorite part of 2017 was spending time with the running family! You all mean so much! Thanks for all the support and encouragement you all have shown and given me! Goodbye 2017, hello 2018!