July 5, 2022

Looking Back: A Year of Running 2016

There’s only a few more weeks of 2016 left and I feel that it’s been a productive one to say the least. According to Strava, I have run 1,722 km this year (so far… the year isn’t over yet). That’s like running on HWY 1 from Vancouver to Saskatchewan (yes, I looked it up). Clearly, I’ve been busy. This is the time of year when we look back and revel in what we’ve accomplished. I have not regretted giving it my all and I have the results to prove it.

My 2016 Highlights include...

Completed my First Marathon – I went big and signed up for the Paris Marathon as my first marathon. I may not have finished in my ideal time, but I had a blast while doing it. You can read about my whole experience here or check out my review on BibRave.

Running the Paris Marathon

Short distance PB’s – I managed to get personal bests on 3K, 5K, and 10K distances on timed runs on my own. The new times to beat for 2017 are as follows: 3K 15:41 | 5K 26:50 | 10K 58:32

Half marathon PB – I’ve been working on this all year and I finally got it on my 4th try. With strict training with my coach (Karin Femi of Ready 2 Run Training), I managed to beat my record by about 3 minutes. Doesn’t sound like much but it’s huge to me. My half marathon PB now stands at 2:11:25. You can read about my race experience here or check it out on BibRave.

Rock n Roll Vancouver Half Marathon and Cunningham Seawall 10K - photo by Jeannine Avelino

Trail Running – This is my first season of trail running and I’ve been loving it! I’ve done 4 5 Peaks races as well as continued trail running on my free time with Cuski or exploring with the Ladies of the Trails turtle group. I’m getting more and more confident in rugged terrain, which is a huge plus.

Running 5 Peaks Buntzen Lake - photo by Rob Shaer

BibRaveBecoming a BibRave Pro – If you don’t know about BibRave, you’re missing out. It’s a review site for races! You can search for your desired race and see what people are saying about it or leave your own thoughts. I rely on it quite a bit and most of the local races are on there plus many more around the world. I’m so happy to have been selected to be a BibRave Pro – an ambassador, if you will. So stay tuned to the blog as I start reviewing products and races as part of my partnership with BibRave. You can also check the discounts section of my blog for some race and gear coupon codes. Thanks for choosing me and I’m so happy to be part of such a positive community.

Check back soon, I’ll be writing about some big things that await me in 2017! Lots of new challenges to look forward to.

Running 5 Peaks Whistler - photo by Rob Shaer

Trail running photos courtesy Rob Shaer Photography

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