Year in Review: 2017

IMG_1580I know I have been delinquent in my posts but I’ve been, you know, trying to LIVE the life.  I like to do an annual look back at the past year.  Here are my posts from 2015 and 2016 if you want to go down memory lane.

But 2017, without further ado…

Marathons/States Added: Five. Phoenix Marathon (Arizona), Big Sur Marathon (California), Bayshore Marathon (Michigan), Golden Gate Dirty 30 (Colorado), Mt. Hood 50K (Oregon)

Other Races:  Indian Creek Fifties 15 Miler


Proudest Moment of 2017:  Qualifying for Boston, obviously!  Hit my goal for 2017!

Miles Run According to Strava: 858 miles (compared to 1,374 last year) with 95,302 ft of gain and 114 active days

Fitness/Food Discoveries: 

Staple Workouts:  

14ers: Three — Bierstadt, Grays, and Torreys

On My Feet:

  • Nike Air Zoom (road running)
  • Altra Superior (trail shoe for first half of year)
  • Altra Lone Peak (trail shoe for second half of year)

Oh the Places I’ve Been:

  • DC (duh)
  • St. Moritz, Switzerland and Rome and Florence, Italy
  • Phoenix, Arizona for racing
  • Lake Tahoe, California for skiing
  • Big Sur and Monterrey, California for racing
  • Traverse City, Michigan for racing
  • Boulder, Colorado (now my home!)
  • Other Colorado spots: Denver, Aspen, Breck, Leadville, Never Summer Mountains
  • Portland, Oregon for racing
  • Visiting family in Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania

Page Turners:

  • Lean In, finally.
  • More mountaineering books: Ed Viesturs’ No Shortcuts to the Top and Andy Hall’s Denali’s Howl and Joe Simpson’s Touching the Void.  Tried to read Maurice Herzog’s Annapurna but just absolutely could not make it through…
  • Balancing on Blue by Keith Foskett, when I was dreaming of quitting my (old) job and hiking the AT
  • Boston Bound by Elizabeth Clor to get me 100% motivated for Phoenix

In My Ears: 

What’s Streaming:

  • I’ve scaled back my streaming this year but sticking with some old favorites: Top Chef, The Bachelorette (#teamdean), Transparent (still not sure if I like this one…), Orange is the New Black (same!), The Americans (the best), The Crown (so glad I am done watching because it was taking over my life), Man in the High Castle, Everest: Man vs. Mountain (it’s a thing!)
  • Tried to watch The West with Ken Burns to learn about my new home but fell asleep instead

Apps and Gadgets I’m Using:

  • New MacBook Pro (2017)
  • New iPhone X (recent addition!)
  • iPad mini
  • Apple AirPods
  • Netflix, Amazon, HBO Go
  • Strava
  • Nextdoor to connect with all of my new neighbors
  • Pinterest and Redfin for new home purchasing and decorating
  • Instagram and to a lesser extent, FB (doing a new year’s PURGE of people I don’t really know well and I am SO looking forward to a new FB experience)
  • Overcast for my podcast-listening


How was your year?  What was your proudest/happiest/strongest moment of 2017? What new discoveries did you make?  What are your goals for 2018? 

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