2017 in Running

Going into 2017 I had 2 huge running goals, I wanted to complete 100k twice and avenge my previous year DNF.

That's a big mf'ing SOB'ing balls to the wall YES, I DID.


In February I ran 100.5 kms at the Jackpot 24 hr in the pouring rain.  Come to Vegas they said, it'll be warm and sunny they said....

Kev was third male overall which was very cool.  I was fourth female which I am very proud of.

Then in September we completed the Thames Path 100k trail point to point through the nether regions of England.  It definitely hurt and had truly awful parts but it was absolutely magical.

That's my fifth ultra finish, technically a personal long at 104 km (we got lost) and a PR over Feb's 100k time.

I completed 3 marathons:

Pittsburgh - my third 26.2 in the Burgh.  I always say Pgh is marathon-worthy and I won't half ass it.  In 2017 my whole entire ass was only able to pull in a 5:30 finish with much struggling.  Fun though.

Then Calgary - it was supposed to be a 50k and I was absolutely defeated at that finish line.  Hell no I didn't buy the race photos.  They kept trying to give me an ultra medal I couldn't possibly take, it sucked.

And Edmonton - training for the Thames 100k.  Also, my tenth marathon finish.  A simply gorgeous day to run.

There was some fun stuff in between: New friends, old friends, Gary Robbins, 3 Degrees of Hell in Las Vegas...in July so plenty sun and heat this time at 119°.  The Millarville bun run, 5 Peaks Fish Creek, L'Arche Half, Rock n Roll San Jose 5k and 10k. 

Once again we finished the race year with the ever epic Rock n Roll Las Vegas Strip at Night.  It was different this year but good, really good. We took the Strip back.

I'm trying not to notice that a marathon would take my total over 100 miles in 2018.

Best race experience:  Rock n Roll Las Vegas, because I think it needed to happen after the shooting.

Best run:  Thames Path 100k. I've never felt worse physically at the start of a race (jet lag?) and finished so strong (probably also jet lag).

Best new piece of running gear:  Gel blister pads!  They had them at aid stations during the 100k. (I have DNF'd in the past due to blisters). You bet I stocked up for the next big race.

Best running advice you've received this year:  You won't always be able to hit PR's or even 'decent' times sometimes so remember why you run, in my case it's for mental well being.

Most inspirational runner:  Sir Mo Farah.  He's magnificent.

Favourite picture:  Giving zero shits about my time....

Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat:  I would love to do another Action Challenge event, they have a few in the UK other than Thames Path and I'm definitely interested.

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be?  Humbling and rewarding.

I'm linking up with Courtney to bring you my year of running!



  1. Haven't heard of blister pads, before! What are they like? I used to never get blisters and now it's so common. :(

    1. I found them in the UK - then searched for a North American version, basically they're gel filled and you attach to developing hot spots. Band aid do them here, all different sizes. I was really surprised at how well they worked. My cabinet is now full of them :)

  2. Congratulations on a great year and kudos on all of your ultra marathons...I can only imagine how tough they are!

  3. Way to go – rock star! Wow I had no idea you did so much in 2017. (Yes I live in a bubble ignoring everyone on social media). What great experiences for you! England! What are you going to do in 2018 to top this amazing year!

    1. Thanks Crystal! Social media is the devil sometimes, I know. 2018 will have one big goal, I may have taken on a bit much in '17 :) I highly recommend the UK race series if you're looking for something different in the future?!

  4. Congrats on a great year! You had some pretty impressive races. Thank you for supporting Las Vegas by coming for Rock n Roll. :) Cheers to 2018!

    1. I love your town Clarinda, it's an incredible place with awesome people. Bring on 2018 eh?! What trouble can we get ourselves into? :)

  5. Congrats on a great year! I'm so impressed by your ultra marathons!

    1. Thank you! :) It's always interesting to see how far we can push ourselves!


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