Reflections on 2015

 Earning my coast to coast

Earning my coast to coast

Highlight of 2015: We started the year off with an amazing feat: earning the runDisney Coast to Coast medals in back 2 back weekends. Yes, we took all the kids, they flew well and even raced on both coasts!

Favorite Race of 2015: It's got to be the Run Rock 'n' Roll Los Angeles Halloween Half Marathon. There are a couple of people that would totally disagree with this choice, I'm sure. I was dressed up in a Super Mario costume and even though it was one of the longest Half Marathons I've ever ran, it was with good company. All of our significant others were there and we even stopped for Starbucks during the race! How cool is that? 

Looking forward to 2016... I'm looking forward to enjoying every mile that I'm in during 2016. This may sound cliche but it's true. We run becuse we enjoy it, to teach our kids to live healthy lifestyles and I'm getting too old to take those things for granted. I obviously want to get faster (doesn't everybody?) and I'm looking forward to running new races in 2016.

 My only solo 10k of the year. I placed 1st in AG.  

My only solo 10k of the year. I placed 1st in AG.  

Highlight of 2015: Hands down the best part of 2015 was #Active4Asher. Not only did it introduce our family to some amazing people, but it was humbling to see how many people supported our family and Asher. To this day, I still get misty eyed looking at photos from that day. 

Favorite Race of 2015: I don't know if I can pick just one!  So I'm not and going to declare a tie between rundisney 10k (in September) because I was able to run with my two oldest boys, clarksburg half marathon because it was cold and rainy but I loved every mile and Courage Run 5k because I actually placed in the overall female category not just my age group. 

Looking forward to 2016... I'm looking forward to running my second marathon and hopefully finishing upright. No goal time, just finish. I'm also looking forward to seeing each of my kids develop as runners. Lastly, I'm really looking forward to more stroller runs. They are a struggle but I find they help make me a stronger runner. I might, just might want to find a half marathon that allows strollers and give that a try.  

 Last XC meet of the season

Last XC meet of the season

 Highlight of 2015: My favorite memory of this year was joining cross country for the first time. It was fun to join a team and spend time with other people who like to run. It was a learning experience since it was my first time participating in a competitive sport. 

Favorite Race of 2015: Running my first 10k during the rundisney Disneyland Half Marathon weekend.  

Looking forward to 2016... I hope next year I am able to run at least two 10k races, build speed and build endurance. Maybe even run a 10 miler. I had a great running year and look forward to an even better 2016. 

 My first 4 mile run while training for rundisney 10k

My first 4 mile run while training for rundisney 10k

Highlight of 2015: Running 11.1 miles with my family!  That was hard but so much fun. It was great to go to so many parks in one day, more than we have previously done. 

Favorite Race of 2015: I loved running my first 10k at Disneyland. I didn't think I could do it when my parents registered me, but I did and it was fun! 

Looking forward to 2016... I can't wait to run my next 10k - Star Wars!  I hope to run more races in 2016. Maybe virtual races like Beat the Blerch! 

 Training to run 30 mins straight

Training to run 30 mins straight

Highlight of 2015: This Year I started kindergarten!  I was nervous at first but I love school.

Favorite Race of 2015: Elk Grove Turkey Trot Kids Race. It was so cold but I got to run with my dad.   I heard a lot of people cheering me on at the finish and it made me happy. 

Looking forward to 2016... I want to run more and longer. I hope I get to run a runDisney 5k.

 First time crawling through leaves during #optout

First time crawling through leaves during #optout

 Highlight of 2015: This year I learned how to sit up and "crawl". I even learned how to say more in sign language. I love my running stroller because I can see my mom and dad when they are running with me. 

Favorite Race of 2015: I love the rundisney races because I see Mickey at the end. My favorite though was Sacramento Santa Run 5k. It was my first Stroller run and I laughed and slept for the entire race.  

Looking Forward to 2016... I hope that I will be able to actually crawl or walk in a rundisney race in 2016 (instead of being carried) and I want to do more races in the stroller.