My 2017 Year in Review

Happy 2018 everyone!!

I meant to get this up a few days ago but have been busy getting back into the routine of work and not sleeping in – although sleeping in for me is sleeping till 7:30am (pretty epic rights?!) It was nice to have so much time off with my family, and to have time to relax.

I had such an epic 2017 – so many adventures in the mud, new race goals completed and no major injuries on course.

The way I see it the few bumps and bruises I did receive were badges of honour, and I feel very lucky to have not sustained any injuries beyond a badly rolled ankle.

And now onto the good stuff – a quick 2017 year in review. Last year for me personally it was about trying different races, working towards pr’s and getting outside of my comfort zone. Below is a brief list of the accomplishments that I feel helped define my year.

Race and Obstacle Course Race Highlights:

  • Ran my second full marathon
  • Completed a spartan sprint in Las Vegas
  • Completed a Spartan Super in the US
  • Did a trail race – Seek the Peak
  • Ran a race each weekend in June
  • Conquered the Sun Peaks Beast
  • Earned my first Spartan Trifickta
  • Spent more time with hubs and friends
  • Ran my 4th consecutive Seawheeze 1/2
  • Ran over 1600 km collectively last year

Personal Highlights

  • Wrote an ongoing article series called – The Bad Ass Women of OCR article series for Mud Run Guide
  • Proudly represented Nuun as an ambassador for 2017
  • Got to interview some major icons in the Obstacle Course Racing Community
  • Made the cover of / and had an article inside Irun Magazine
  • Was interviewed on one of my favourite podcasts – Heartland Running
  • Was nominated by Mud Run Guide for their Best Of awards in 2017 – Best OCR writer
  • Finally got to meet one of personal sources of inspiration – Margaret Schlachter
  • Was a social media maven for Worlds Toughest Mudder and worked with Mud Run Guide to keep everyone in the loop during the epic 24 hour event

Looking back I can’t believe I overcame so many obstacles on course and personally to accomplish so much. You don’t realize how far you have come, until you look back.

I’m also very proud of how far I’ve come as a person. As a natural introvert, it’s hard for me to get out there and strike up conversations with people I do not know, but last year also had me stepping outside of my personal comfort zone and going up to those I didn’t know well. This is a work in progress and something I’m continuing to work on.

I’m super lucky to have had my husband Ryan at my side on course and cheering me on when he wasn’t racing – I could not ask for a better partner in life. My daughter Sierra has been an amazing cheerleader – when it gets tough on course I can hear her little voice cheering me on.

This year I’m planning on trying even more races and runs that I haven’t done, to find more life / work balance and to work on health and happiness. I have a list of goals in mind (I don’t like making resolutions for the new year), as I feel that I am more inclined to stick to goals then to resolutions.

2017 was a pretty epic year and I witnessed so many friends grow and change and evolve, it’s been incredible. I want to personally thank everyone who was there to support us, race with us, help us and love us – my tribe is super important to me.

Thank you all for following along on my journey – your support, kind words and positive energy means the world to me.

As 2018 slowly starts to unfold, I’ll be updating this blog more to share my new adventures, goals and fun that I plan to have.

Cheers to you all and here’s to a Happy, Healthy, Muddy new year to you all!!

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