So let's talk about some running, mmmkay? My final race for the year was my 86th half marathon, the Baker's Dozen. The Baker's Dozen is the ultimate in gluttony while running. The whole point of the race is to eat as many treats as you possibly can, all while trying to run a half marathon. What's not to love?
|I love you, baby. Please don't eat too much and throw it all up, at least not where I can see, okay?|
|He actually was at one time or another.|
|Pants with pizza, doughnuts, soda, burgers, hotdogs, and ice cream cones? Check.|
|He jumped all the cones when he ran this race last year. We had to do one, for old time's sake.|
|The dude in the orange head gear is the one who won the eating contest, as photo bombing luck would have it.|
|Medal as big as my face? CHECK.|
Who doesn't want a medal that also doubles as a blunt object in case of an attack? It's a glorious thing to see that happy doughnut frolicking upon a field of cupcakes.
|Plus another sweet hat for my growing collection. Get it? Sweet hat?!|
There you have it. The final race report of the year. It's a good thing I have a race each of the next two Saturdays so that 2017 can start with a bang. Let's be honest. It's got to go better than 2016 did, right? There shouldn't be any major life changes coming up, so my training may actually go back to normal! A gal can hope, anyway.
2016 took me to a lot of new places and races. It gave me a new distance PR. It gave me a better understanding of just what it really takes to get where I want to be. (I've got an ENORMOUS amount of work to do if I'm ever going to make that 100 mile goal.) At this point, I'm going easy, tracking my heart rate obsessively during every run. That's made for some extremely slow running, with a fair bit of walking thrown in. But I have finally decided to do what it takes to get stronger and healthier as a runner. Getting my heart rate under control will lead to more efficient running, and when you're heavier and slower like me, efficiency is a life saver.
Here's to a happy and healthy 2017. Get out there and get shit done, cats and kittens. The only time you actually have is now, so do the most you can with it. Carpe the hell out of diem and keep on running.