I don't have my log with me, so I will update the number later..but I think it came out to 2,300 something.
The total surprised me since I had a year a little like XT.
It started out well enough. Beginning in January, I ran a 10k series I had not run in years to put some pep in my step. That went well enough and I gradually improved my time over the course of three races. I paced Aubrey (Spingoddess) at Beast of Burden after that. What a hoot! An inspiration too as she battled injury and fought valiantly to keep going. Keeping another runner from wandering into the Erie Canal was another highlight
Like this year, I was registered for Umstead in early April. Sometime in February, I somehow aggravated an old hamstring injury, I think on the rowing machine. It started getting better but in March, I slipped on some ice and felt a lot of pain in that area. I rested some and tried to be really mellow with my running in hopes it would heal up for Umstead. Little moves kept aggravating it. I stubbornly went to Umstead. Pulling my suitcase off the luggage thing aggravated it. I started the race, but before running two miles I felt a twang. It was over and I walked back to the start. At some point I saw Old Turtle and when she hugged me, I cried.
I think in April I finally got an mri/diagnosis. I had torn the hamstring off the sits bone. Surgery was not recommended and I was told it would re-attach via scar tissue. I could run if it didn't cause pain etc. I had signed up for a 6-day running through Ireland, the Celtic Traverse, at the end of June. There was no way to get my money back. I ran and walked through April and May. I missed the Buffalo marathon which I usually run every year.
I stayed on safe terrain. The way I first hurt my hamstring, I tripped on a rock or root and my right leg flew out in front of me to prevent a fall. I fell anyway. That was summer 2016 and I recovered well and did a bunch of races that year. So much so that I placed third in my age group in the northeast for this thing Ultrarunning magazine did ranking runners based on Ultrasignup results. I didn't know about it until a friend posted a photo of the article on my fb page
Anyway, this help lift my spirits. The hamstring felt better but still fragile and I worried about going to Ireland and getting more injured there. I emailed the organizer and he said that most of the routes were non-technical. I have been around long enough to know though that can be pretty subjective. Worry worry worry...finally, I booked my flight.
It was wonderful! Beautiful runs every day. I was slow since there were very rocky sections each day. The routes were generally long climbs into the hills with beautiful views, lots of wide, smooth trails, some roads. I covered 112 miles over the six days including a 50k. I felt strong the 50k day. I had put myself on the waitlist for Vermont 100 in July since I could not run Umstead. I wanted to have a qualifier for the Western States Lottery. Ireland was perfect training for Vermont. Similar terrain and climbs. Yay!
After returning from Ireland, I had difficulty running without being winded. I thought I just needed to recover etc. I found out I had gotten into Vermont and booked a place to stay. About a week after returning, I started retaining a lot of water. One day after a failed run attempt, I went to a walk in. This was right after July 4 weekend. My heart was in afib. That's why I couldn't run and was ballooning up (15 lbs!). Long story short, no Vermont. I had my heart shocked back into normal rhythm August 3. The whole ordeal was scary as I am not use to dealing with medical stuff. It was confusing with contradictory info..things like that. Very unsettling.
Once my heart was back to normal, running was no problem. I took it very easy though, slowly ramping back up with the hopes of running Javelina 100 at the end of October again to keep my lottery tickets for WS. I got through long runs in September and the beginning of October and signed up. But then the hamstring started acting up and I really did not want to travel all that way for another Umstead experience. Ugg. Bye Javelina. Bye WS tickets. And the first year since 2008 without a 100 mile finish.
The only other thing I was signed up for after that was Stonecat trail marathon beginning of November. I was traveling with friends and it is always a fun trip. I decided I would go and since it's a 12+ loop, I could drop if needed. So I hiked one loop and ran/walked the second loop and finished in 8:01. It was a beautiful day. I just coasted the rest of 2017.
So I am not sure what to make of all that happened. Up until last year, with the exception of one battle with PF in 2015/16, I have never had injuries or health scares. If anything, I guess it makes me value being able to run even more. I have never taken my health for granted and always been thankful for my good fortune.
I go into 2018 a bit tentative but hopeful it will be a better year running-wise.