Year of Running 2017 – First Full Year of Running!

2017!!! Where to begin. 2017 has been good to me. To say the least, it has been an incredibly special year. I started running in April of 2016, so 2017 will be my first FULL year of running! I had so many firsts, PR’s, and unforgettable experiences running with new friends, new races, and new places.

I have been fortunate to spend the year working with Lifelong Endurance and their amazing coaches, being a BibRave Pro, and being a part of a few amazing running teams – Oiselle, Run Texas Frisco and Team Saucony/Milestone Pod.

I’ve joined in on a “Year of Running” with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, so let’s see how the year went!

Best race experience

The Portland Marathon. I truly enjoyed the entire trip to a really unique city that I’d never visited before. I had a great local place to stay, enjoyed trying lots of new food and exploring, and had an AMAZING race on race day. I loved the little running shop and friendly feel during the race start, the temperature was perfect, and I just felt UNSTOPPABLE the entire run. It just felt effortless, and I PR’d with a 1:44 (Half Marathon). This was HUGE for me. Since then I have cut off another two minutes but this was just an incredibly special race and run.

Best new piece of running gear

As a fairly new runner, I’ve found way more than one. If I had to pick one, the Milestone Pod. This little gadget packs a lot of power. Knowledge is power and knowing my running metrics helps me improve my form, know which running shoes I’m most efficient in, and know when I need to replace shoes. It provides invaluable information. A few others: the Aftershokz Trekz Titanium headphones and my Nike Pegasus 34’s.

Best running advice you’ve received this year

“We don’t make up miles, we move on.” During training, I missed a 3 mile easy run, and asked my coach if I should make up the miles on my rest day. He explained that we just move on and pick up where we left off. This made me realize that it’s not the end of the world if I don’t check EVERYTHING off my list. Just move on and keep going.

Most inspirational runner

OK. How could I NOT say Shalane Flanagan. FUCK YES.

Favorite picture from a run or race this year

I just love this photo from the Portland Marathon. I look strong. I felt strong.

Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat

The Tulsa Run! I did this run with my dad and we had an AMAZING time. The entire trip was a blast, and we loved running together. On the drive back to Dallas we both agreed that it’d be an annual tradition. My dad now runs every week to keep himself ready for Tulsa!

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

Running opens doors. 2017 taught me to take chances and experience life to the fullest.

Check out Eat Pray Run DC’s Year of Running!

27 thoughts on “Year of Running 2017 – First Full Year of Running!

    1. Thank you so much, Courtney! Thanks for hosting an awesome link up. I really enjoyed reflecting on a great year. Congrats to you on an awesome year too and here’s to a great 2018! 🙂

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  1. This is amazing Jenna!!! What a beautiful runner both inside and out! We are all rooting for you . I am proud to be your Aunt. Love all of the pics and how you put this together .

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  2. Hey Ms. Texas what a great job on the recap of your running year! It really makes me happy to see how you have progressed over time. You have embraced the sport and truly are a runner. That’s it, no getting out of the club now :). Things are going well for me. The love of my life came back on Christmas Eve – and it’s for good!!! Losing her was harder than any marathon I ever ran. Nothing comes easy for me in life LOL. I don’t think I would know how to handle it if it did :). Sooo I just want to wish you well in 2018. I might actually run NY in November at a very slow pace to raise money for cancer research ( Freds Team). We have been experimenting with a training program that has limited running. It’s a complicated system that my trainer has used several times. We both think that if I run just to run, it can be done. It’s important to me on a very personal level. As always run and travel safely!!! I will check in now and then just because it annoys you LOL.

    Take care
    Dr. Joey

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    1. Hey Joey! Yes I am so happy to be part of the club. Like you said, no going back now lol. I’m so happy to hear that you’re happy!!! And doing a run?! Glad to hear it! Happy 2018 and hope to hear from you again soon. 🙂

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! That means a lot, especially coming from one of my running idols. You’re such an inspiration and so dedicated to running. Happy 2018 and here’s to a great year of running!!

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