2017 Running Year in Review

I can’t believe 2017 is about to come to a close. I only ran one race this whole year, The Color Run 5K back in April. That race was right before I admitted to myself I was having serious calf issues that would require medical attention.

Here’s how my year went.


  • Started the year with a small running streak
  • Calves felt really tight but tried to push through


  • Calves felt horrible when running
  • Signed up to run The Color Run 5K anyway
  • Pushed through 8 miles (this was my last long run of the year)


  • Ran The Color Run 5K
  • Calves hurt but I felt inspired


  • Calves got progressively worse
  • Got to the point I could barely run for 5 mins straight




  • No running
  • Waited for my pressure test in August (long waiting list)






  • Waiting to get stitches removed
  • Hoping to get cleared to run before end of the year
  • Looking forward to running in 2018

I’ve got some realistic but exciting ideas for what I want to achieve from running next year. I’ll be posting those goals here in the next couple of days. I am just nervous to post them before I know more about whether I will be cleared to run this week, or what an updated timeframe for that to occur will be.

The last goal I had was to run the Jingle Bell Jog this month and that goal is out the window, which taught me the lesson to not plan too far ahead until I’m officially cleared by my doctor.

I see him Monday so more on that soon!

How would you rate your 2o17 running year on a scale of 1 to 10?
What was the best running related thing you did this year?
What is one fitness related thing you hope to accomplish in 2018?



  1. December 9, 2017 / 6:01 am

    You’ve had quite a year:( Its frustrating when things don’t follow the expected timeline. But its better that you get this taken care of now so you can be 100% when you get back to running. I am also nervous to plan too far ahead. Just take it slow and I think you will be able to have a great year of running in 2018!

    • Kristina
      December 9, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      It hasn’t been my finest year but I’m looking forward to a great 2018!

      Your return to running has given me so much hope for myself!

  2. December 9, 2017 / 8:33 am

    I would say my running year was fair. I ran my second full marathon in January, but then that was such a disaster that I stopped running for a few months. But then I started training for the Bourbon Chase in October, which I did great at! No more races planned this year, but I did start training for another half this week!

    • Kristina
      December 9, 2017 / 7:50 pm

      Congrats on Bourbon Chase!!

      Ah, there’s nothing like the start of a new training cycle, such an exciting time!

  3. December 9, 2017 / 12:30 pm

    I tried to run a half marathon but that didn’t go very well 🙂 I did learn a lot about myself and running, so the whole situation wasn’t a loss. I hope 2018 is amazing for you and your running goals!

    • Kristina
      December 9, 2017 / 7:51 pm

      Thanks Sam! 2018 has big things in store for both of us.

      I can’t wait to listen to your podcast when I start running again!

  4. Laura F
    December 9, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    Came here to say ‘you’ve had quite the year’ but someone beat me to it!

    I ran my fourth relay race in September, so that was my highlight. I had an awful 8.something mile run where I had to poop in the woods, but I survived. In 2018 I want to PR the 5k. I told myself I wouldn’t go back to distance running until I’ve built some speed, so we’ll see what I can do!

    • Kristina
      December 9, 2017 / 7:53 pm

      Oh no… well actually at least you had woods to go into, I bet finding a hiding spot was easy. I’ve been caught at the beach before during a long stretch with no public bathrooms. It was SUCH a disaster. I won’t go into details.

      That’s an exciting goal for next year, I’m sure you’ll do it! You have a whole year to prepare. Even if you don’t do it until the end of the year you’ll still have achieved your goal!

  5. December 10, 2017 / 9:14 am

    What a long journey you have been through. I really hope you get cleared to run soon. It’s crazy how long this process is taking for you BUT it is soon over my friend. My best running moment was doing the Table Rock race in California. Other than that my running this year was just kind of ho hum.

  6. December 11, 2017 / 10:00 am

    My 2017 year in running was a doozy. I set *huge* personal worsts in both the half and full marathons. I spent a huge chunk of the winter/spring not running at all and then this summer I just sort of gave up on my marathon training because I wasn’t feeling it. I spent most of 2017 out of shape and unmotivated. You probably hate to hear that, since you would have given anything to run and there I was, just poo pooing about it even though I could. It was humbling and disappointing, I guess…but it was hard to even be that upset about it in the moment because I just sort of stopped caring. I even got kinda sick of hearing about other people’s training. It was kind of like a “running depression”.