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Don’t you want to run in Kansas?

She pulled back her hair, set her sights on God and vowed to finish her race in victory….

The Run
A couple hundred miles…

The Pictures


The Recap

THANK YOU!!  There is no way I could have gotten to this point without all of the encouragement, comments, likes, etc from my readers!

I’m kind of in that wow-I-really-did-it state.  At the beginning of the year I started this blog and it wasn’t a New Year’s Resolution, but I promised I would stick with it for all of 2015.  Now with just a few hours left and my last picture run (today) under my belt, I can really say, I did it!

So here’s the 2015 Picture Runner Review:

2015 Running – I feel like I had a solid year of running.  I started out not that strong, but slowly increased my mileage.  I had hoped to run some further distances, but I have trouble staying motivated to run long distances when I don’t have a goal in mind.  This year was meant to be a building year.  I didn’t want to push myself too far too fast.  I was coming back from an injury and I just wanted to grow some healthy running muscles.  I feel like I did that and now I’m ready to bump up the mileage.  I thought I might have raced a little more, but I think I’m just more of an intermittent racer.  I like having a goal, but I hate taking a Saturday morning away from the family and I get tired of race fees.  I just want to run, why does it have to cost money?

When school started, my running (and blogging) took a hit.  I tried to keep it up, but homework won most of the time.  It got to a point where I said, ok I’m just going to try to maintain and not push and harder.  I was looking forward to lots of running over Christmas break, but I ended up with an intestinal infection that has sidelined me.  Today I ran a short two miles on the property.  I didn’t want to overdo it, but it felt nice to get my legs moving again.

2016 Goals – I just agreed to team up with my sister and my cousin, Vanessa for the 2016 miles in 2016.  And I’m considering a 2016 Half Marathon.  Those are my two big ones right now.  And then there is the goal (or hope) that is always hovering around of finding a running buddy.  That’s not a guarantee of course, but I’m always looking for someone to run with.

2015 Photography – From early on, one of my goals was to convince people that Kansas is beautiful too.  And after all the pictures, Don’t you want to run in Kansas?  I hope from the blogs and the pictures you’ve seen a side of the Sunflower State you didn’t expect – like the fact that we have Hills!  And that there is more here than tumbleweeds and tornadoes.  I hope you thought at least once, “Wow, I didn’t know Kansas was so pretty.”

I can totally see a difference in my pictures from the beginning of the year to now.  When I put together our farm calendar, I could see significant improvement starting in July.  Then in September there was another jump because I finally got Photoshop.  Having proper editing software has made a huge difference.  I’m really pleased with my progress, but I found that my best pictures are usually not taken on my runs.  Sometimes I get a good one while I’m out, but I think the best ones are really from my own backyard.  I’m always trying for the pictures that evoke some kind of emotion.  It’s hard to do that with nature photography, especially when you are on the run.

2016 Goals – Is it ok if I say I don’t know yet?  Keep taking pictures?  Maybe save up for another lens?  I don’t know.  I haven’t really thought about it yet.


Again, thank you all for reading this year and following along.  It’s been a great year of Picture Running and I’m looking for to more miles and more photos in 2016!

Happy New Year!


But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31 (ESV)

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1 thought on “Don’t you want to run in Kansas?”

  • I think you have captured a ton of Kansas beauty!!! It’s absolutely beautiful, and I definitely wouldn’t have ever known. Keep going!!! 🙂

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