2016 Year in Review

13 – just 13 days people and 2016 is a wrap! While my running plans for 2017 are well underway (more to come on that), it feels like a good time to reflect on this year of running.

Best race experience:  The RnR Vegas weekend!  My brother, husband and I had such a good time from start to finish – and this weekend included not one, but two races as I took on the Remix Challenge! A first for me doing back-to-back races. (You can check out my recap here.)

Best run: I can’t say that there was one run that stood out. My husband started joining me for my long runs on Saturdays, and I will say those became my favorite runs each week.

Best new piece of running gear: Aftershokz headphones! (affiliate link) I love that they let me hear my music and my surroundings with such clarity.

Best running advice you’ve received this year: Don’t let comparison (to past times/PRs) take away from the current journey. This came from one of the RC coaches and I refer back to it often.

Most inspirational runner:  I’ve always been a huge fan, but after getting to meet him in Vegas, …this one was easy – Meb!

Favorite picture from a run or race this year: There was lots of family running this year – these are just a few of my favorite photos!

Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat: For the fun of it I would do Vegas again without a doubt. If I were looking for a “do-over” I would pick RnR Philly – the humidity was atrocious and really sucked the life out of me. I’d love a chance to do that course again…  with more fall-like conditions! 😉

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be? Good to be back! After no racing and a very little running in 2015, it was wonderful to get back into the groove. I made a lot of progress this year and cannot wait to see what 2017 will bring!

I’m linking up with Courtney, who is hosting the annual Year of Running link-up. Head over to check out her blog, and see what everyone else has been up to in 2016!


I’m linking up with Tricia and Holly for the #WeeklyWrap. Be sure to check out all of the great ladies sharing their weekly happenings!



  1. I love all your family running this year – how awesome! Thank you for linking up and can’t wait to see what 2017 brings you!
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  2. You had such a great year! I have to agree with you–meeting Meb was one of my highlights as well!
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  3. I think my AfterShokz headphones will be my favorite new gear this year as well. I love them!

    RnR Vegas is such a fun weekend, isn’t it?
    Clarinda recently posted…Week In Review 12/18My Profile

  4. So fun! Glad you’re back and great that your family gets so involved. Love it.

  5. I love your year in review! It really was a comeback year for you. And a “come along” year with your husband and son! Here’s to more great runs in 2017!
    Coco recently posted…Christmastime In New York CityMy Profile

  6. I love that pic from Vegas! It’s great that the hubby joins you on the long runs! Mine goes along once in awhile, but usually for nothing further than 6-7 miles because he has no interest in doing longer races (though he does half marathons now and then, he seldom trains for them properly LOL).
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  7. What a great year for you Michelle! I had the opportunity to meet Meb this year as well. He is the most humble, inspiring man! Sharing Vegas with your husband and brother sounds like such a special experience. Thanks for linking!

  8. I am with you on many counts. Loved seeing Meb again this year, yes to the Aftershokz and Yay for Vegas! I’d so run that again as well. How great to have all those family runs. You’ve had a great “comeback” year!

  9. Vegas was such a fun race for me a few years back as well. I agree with the advice on not to let comparisons take away from your accomplishments. It’s not always easy is it!?
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  10. I have always wanted to do RnR Vegas…..I have heard such great things.

    Aww that is so sweet you hubby runs long runs with you…I love it!

    Girl! Those aftershocks are the truth aren’t they!!

    Great running advice….I seem to always want a PR every race . I have got to get out of that.

    Yeah to a great year of running!!
    Cheers to 2017!!

  11. Sounds like you did have a good year, you should be proud ! Enjoy the holidays.
    karen – Fit in France recently posted…My year in runningMy Profile

  12. Great year for you Michelle!! Vegas was definitely awesome and it was great meeting you there! Love that you had lots of family runs together this year! I think those runs are the best! Have a happy holidays!
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  13. I’m so glad that I finally got to meet you at RNR Philly, it was definitely the highlight for me on such a miserably humid day for a race! Glad to see that you’ve had a great year back at the races!
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  14. You have had a great year with lots of things to be proud of! I am wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a great 2017 full of many more accomplishments!
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