Last year I rowed further, spent more time on the elliptical machine, and biked further than ever before. In addition, I beat my previous running output by over 367 miles. All in all, I exercised 58 more hours in 2016 than I did in 2015, almost all of that spent running. My average pace was 47 seconds per mile faster. Somehow, I only managed to retire two pairs of running shoes (and at the same time, managed to add five more pairs to my closet). Oh, and ran my fastest marathon ever, 4:16:20 (well, 19 point something seconds, but we’ll round up).
You came along for the ride, too. You were there, either running with me, or reading this blog, or going on a 200 mile relay. Together we went for a 100 kilometer bike ride, ran two Ragnars, raced two triathlons, and ran 11 solo races (which included three half and three full marathons). We also did a little bit of good out there, not just fighting diabetes with the Tour de Cure, but raising over $6,000 to fund research to find cures for stomach and esophageal cancer. Dad would be proud. Thanks for helping out there.
So what’s next? I’ve signed up for the following races in 2017:
- January 1, Millennium Mile
- January 29, BP light 5 mile race
- March 5, Half at the Hamptons
- March 25, Shamrock Half Marathon
- April 23, the inaugural Portsmouth Half Marathon
- May 12 & 13, Ragnar Cape Cod
- May 19 and 20, Ragnar Niagara Falls
- June 3, Best Buddies 100 mile bike ride to raise money for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (please click to learn more)
- September 15 & 16, Reach the Beach
- September 24, Berlin Marathon
I have my eye on a few other races in the summer/fall, but these are bought and paid for.
If you’re interested in helping with the Best Buddies challenge, there are a couple ways to participate. One would be to join the team and come along for the ride. If cycling 100 miles in one day sounds like too much, please consider making a donation. I’m matching donations (up to $500) made in the month of January… and my company matches my donation. So if you give $10, the charity gets $30. Pretty sweet, right? Just click the link above and have at it.
Thanks again for being part of the journey, it’s so much better together than it is alone.