We celebrated New Year’s in Nairobi, Kenya! We spent our first weeks of 2016 in Kenya and Tanzania where we were spending our honeymoon. Kissed a giraffe. Climbed Kilimanjaro. Went on safari. Plus we also ran with Kenyans (not the elite Kenyans, but regular Kenyans. They’re much slower.) I got a nasty bout of bronchitis.
We must have not done much because none of the posts from February covered anything about what I did that month. Coughing, coughing, coughing.
We went to Turks & Caicos. I ran the United NYC Half Marathon. It was fun running through Times Square. Still coughing.
Gradually recovering from bronchitis. I got gored by (roller derby) bulls. I ran the Rutgers Unite Half Marathon.
Finally get over bronchitis. Do a bunch of races, including the Run for the Red Poconos Half, where I run the best half of 2016 (2nd fastest half).
We ran the famed Covered Bridges Half (nice race, but a little overhyped) in Vermont. I went to Croatia and Slovenia with my parents and aunt. Saw a lot of gorgeous incredible waterfalls. Started marathon training for Steamtown. Bandit turns 2!
Marathon training through the hot oppressive month. It’s not going well.
We visit Boulder, CO. It’s everything Ben hoped it would be. We come back to NY trying to figure out how do we move our lives to Boulder.
I had a great long run at the 18.12 Challenge in Watertown, NY. What a fantastic race! I really recommend that race to anyone who lives in upstate NY or around that area. I get lulled into thinking maybe Steamtown will be okay, despite all the crappy summer training.
Steamtown Marathon effin’ sucked for me, but I was super happy that my friends had such great races. I basically spent the month sulking over Steamtown. Oh, I turned 39.
I run a string of respectable races at the shorter distances, so all the marathon training was not for naught.
Ben turns 35! We go down to Delaware for Dogfish beer (not really, but kinda true). I put in a respectable HM time at Rehoboth. We get a treadmill for Christmas.
All in all, in terms of running I say it was a meh year. I didn’t set any PRs except for races where I run that distance for the first time. I came close to some old PRs. So let’s call this a base-training year for a better 2017.