Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 in Running and Books

Once again, I read a lot of books this year! Not my best year, but work and school caused me to read some academic related books as opposed to my fun, fiction reads! The starred (*) books are the ones I recommend.

  1. Anybody Out There? by Marian Keys
  2. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari*
  3. Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag
  4. Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
  5. New York by Edward Rutherford*
  6. Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married by Marian Keys
  7. Last Chance Saloon by Marian Keys
  8. The Other Side of the Story by Marian Keyes
  9. A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman*
  10. Hatteras Girl by Leslie Wisler
  11. Beautiful Day by Elin Hilderbrand*
  12. The Assistants by Camille Perri*
  13. The Matchmaker by Elin Hilderbrand*
  14. Summer People by Elin Hilderbrand*
  15. Silver Girl by Elin Hilderbrand*
  16. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson*
  17. I Still Dream of You by Fannie Flagg*
  18. Babyville by Jane Green*
  19. Covet by Tracey Garvis Graves*
  20. The Housewife and the Actor by Shannon Hale
  21. Barefoot by Elin Hilderbrand
  22. No Kidding: Women Writers on Bypassing Parenthood by Henriette Mantel
  23. Gray Mountain by John Grisham
  24. Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson*
  25. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
  26. Silver Bay by Jojo Moyes
  27. Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead
  28. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult*
  29. Truly, Madly, Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  30. Deadline by Sandra Brown*
  31. Turning Tables by Heather and Rose McDowall
  32. Boys on the Boat by James Brown*
  33. Drowning Ruth by Christina Swartz*
I also ran a lot this year! I set personal records (PR) in the 15k, 10k, 5k and half marathon (I PRed twice!). Sadly, no full marathon PR due to getting the flu, but overall, it was a great running year! Click here to see all my records and races! My total miles for the year are about 1382, which is lower than my 1414 from 2015 BUT I blame that on my un-run marathon and the week of non-running due to illness:)

My running goals for next year actually includes running FEWER races (trying to save more $) and doing two marathons in the fall- Chicago and Richmond! I am excited to run more for fun and less for time...thankfully, setting so many PR's this last year takes the pressure off and let's me enjoy my miles for my mental, physical and emotional health rather than the clock time. 2017 will be the year of LESS pressure on myself and MORE enjoyment of my hobby!

I hope everyone has a safe and happy NEW YEAR! GOODBYE 2016!

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