My Year of Running 2021.

2021. What a whirlwind of a year this has been. I’ll say I’ve never been so overwhelmingly thankful for GOOD HEALTH, friends and family. And also, the incredible running community that I hold near and dear. Running and the amazing tribe of people are those that I just love racing with, training with, and doing LIFE with. And I honestly would not have it any other way.

Really this year has taught me so many life lessons. More than any other year. I’ve learned that I am strong when everything around me seems to be crumbling. Due to the pandemic sadly I’ve seen a few folks I know and love, pass away this year. As recently as a few weeks ago.

So running has been something that has brought me so much peace. It has been a safe haven of sorts when life has gotten challenging. It has protected me from days where I’ve wanted to give up hope. Running…for me…has brought me hope. Joy. A light in the darkest of moments.

I’ve enjoyed more runs for sanity…solitude…sunrises…sunsets…colorful skies. More for ME…less for competitive reasons. Or for racing.

As a form of survival.

So thank you, running, for showing me in 2021 – what I am made of.

Now…let’s chat about some of the racing fun that I did have this year and moments that were memorable.

Best race experience?
I would hands down have to say the Hachie 50 miler. This year I loved sharing this experience with my running club. We pounded it out there for miles and miles and really they are what KEPT me going when I wanted to quit.

This year’s race will forever be etched into my brain for the sheer fact that I shared it with some very special people.

Best run?
Probably coming back after spending time in sunny Florida to run in the snow!! We had a treacherous winter storm in February and Texas really never sees snow. So it was fun to run in it with some colorful leggings on.

Best new piece of running swag?
I’ll have to say I love all of my crazy leggings but I especially love these skull ones. Something about them makes me feel like that of a badass.

Best piece of running advice you’ve received? Do what you love – love what you do. Always and forever that will remain true.

Most inspirational runner?
I’m constantly inspired by all of YOU in the blogging community! I think that is what keeps me blogging to this day (even after so many bloggers have turned into IG influencers) I’m a writer at heart and I love having a blog to chronicle all of my running adventures. All of you keep me loving this blogosphere.

If you could sum up your year of running in a few words, what would they be?
Safe haven
Transformative
Illuminating the darkness
Meaningful

Can’t stop. Wont stop.

Feel free to share some of your ups (and downs) this year!!

Wishing you all a safe…happy…healthy holiday! And happy new year. Cheers to more miles and lots of adventures in 2022.

Published by thedancingrunner

Marathon runner & group fitness instructor at 24 Hour Fitness. Passionate about family, friends, traveling. Loves destination races. Loves dining out, cooking in, being around down to earth people, writing, sunrises.

2 thoughts on “My Year of Running 2021.

  1. Late to the conversation after a major hiatus, but 2021 looked great for you! Most things were canceled for me last year, but this year is loaded! Can’t wait to see your activities this year!

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