Happy Holiday!  Just a few more days till we ring in 2018!!


I will end the year with 156 races (10 in 2017).  I didn’t race as much as I would have liked to but I am happy with the races I did.  I had a goal to run at least 1,000 miles but sadly I did not meet this goal.  Will try again next year.

So now let’s talk about my 5 best races this year in no specific order.  

1. Great Alaskan Half Marathon.  In July I went on  The Great Alaskan Running Cruise and ran 4 races but the half marathon was my favorite.  Running in Alaska was state #38 for me in my goal to run a half marathon in each state.  It was a small race and the view was spectacular!  It was on this cruise that I finally met Elizabeth.

2. Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th.  I’ve been running this race since 2013 and absolutely love it!  It is cheap, not too far from home, plenty of parking, and the only 4 miler race I do.  This year I met up with a few Oiselle girls.  July 4th is extra special for me because it was on this day in 1978 that my family and I came to this country from Mexico.  Double the celebration!

Elmhurst Running Club 4 on the 4th 3

3. Run Mag Mile 10K.  This race was lots of fun!  I enjoyed running along Michigan Avenue and eating some delicious food after the race.  The hoodie and medal were cool too.  Oh, and I love that we got FREE race photos.

4. Utah Valley Half Marathon.  Utah was state #37 for me.  I met up with a few bloggers (Marcia, Judy, Teresa, Holly, and Mary Beth) and had a great time with them.  The course was downhill and beautiful but I was sore for days.  We had great weather and while it was sunny, I never got too hot because the course through the canyon was shaded.

5. Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle.  This is another one I do every year.  This race was my first one this year.  My goal was to finish it in under an hour and finish time was 56:26.  I knew I wasn’t going to PR because I’d been running here and there due to various injuries in the beginning of the year.  I already signed up to run it again next year!  I love the course and the medal is a plus!


What was your favorite race this year?

I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for Friday 2.0.


29 Comments on Friday Five 2.0-5 Best Races of 2017

  1. I can’t name one favorite race this year…I think every race was significant in one way or another. The five races I was able to do this fall, though, were pretty stellar in that they symbolized my return to running after my summer sabbatical 😉

  2. Oh! I’m going to do the Shamrock Shuffle in March. I took advantage of the $39 special they had one day. I don’t remember the last time I paid $39 for a race in Chicago! Will you be there?

    • I almost put my name in the lottery but backed out when I saw the cost of it. Now I think I regret not doing it. Maybe next year!

  3. The Alaskan Half Marathon sounds wonderful! My favorite race this year was a toss between Earth Day 50k and Ice Age 50 mile.

    • 50ks huh? Wait, I just realized that one is 50 miles. Wow! Impressive! I’ve done a 50k and that was tough and cannot imagine 50 miles.

  4. Such great races! I would love to run in Alaska…definitely a bucket list destination! Congrats!

  5. The Alaska running cruise sounds like such an amazing experience! And I love free race photos 🙂 My favorite race this year was probably the Avengers Half Marathon at Disneyland.

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