For the past three years, I’ve linked up with Amanda for a recap of my year of running. Here’s 2012, 2013 and 2014 if you are interested. Since she has moved on to new ventures (check out her podcast!), Courtney has taken over to keep us all accountable on how our year shaped up.
So my year of running 2015.
Oh boy. Where do I start. It seems like I spent most of the year WISHING I was running, not actually running. But I did have a solid four months from January through April before things tore up (literally). At least I think it was 2015. It seems like a million years ago.
I missed a lot of races. I ran two before Boston. I missed a lot of things that I was looking forward to in 2015. I had to sit out of things that I really, really wanted to be a part of (Photo shoot with Competitor Magazine, Chicago Marathon).
Frankly, this year pissed me off. Big time. I’m not sorry to see 2015 be done with. I’m ready for a fresh start in running.
Good riddance running in 2015!
Best race experience
Mid Winter Classic 10 Miler. After running it two years ago, I have always wanted to go back. This time I came back with four friends and had a blast running up every single hill. I was in the first month of Boston training and it gave me a marvelous confidence boost in my running. I even set a 3:13 PR. I was so close to registering for it in 2016 even though I swore I wouldn’t register for anything while in recovery. But before I could hit the submit button, it set another record for selling out – 2 hours! Can you tell it’s a local favorite?
This run happened in November. It wasn’t anything special. There were no speed records. There were no PDR’s. It was a run where it finally hit me that I was going to be ok. That I was going to be able to run again. I was on the other side of my foot injury. There was hope. And it was the best feeling ever.
Best new piece of running gear
Earlier in the year, I really fell in love with the Timex Ironman One+ GPS. However, I haven’t worn or charged it since April. I’m not allowing myself to use a GPS watch yet. Some of my favorite Saucony pieces have been the Run Strong Sport Top and the Scoot Capri. The Run Strong has polka dots, pockets and thumb holes – does it really need anything else? And the Scoot Capri is the perfect length that never needs to be adjusted. I wear them running and to yoga class with no problems. And reporting live from the Chicago Marathon course!
Best running advice you’ve received this year
Remember why you run. It’s not for the PR’s. It’s not for the competition. It’s because the way it makes me feel about myself inside and out.
Most inspirational runner
There are so many! Too many to name in one place. Although all of the ladies that were at Rise.Run.Retreat are at the top of my list. That whole weekend was nothing but inspirational.
Favorite picture from a run or race this year
I had a blast running a preview of the Boston Marathon course before the big day.
Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat
Boston. NOT actually getting a DNF in the race but the whole experience was so special. The expo, meeting Laura in person after all our years of being bloggy buddies, the generosity of Stonyfield, the craziness of getting to the Athlete’s Village with Sarah, and the first 8 miles were pretty darn amazing. It truly was something I will hold with me forever.
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be Heartbreaking. Trying. Hopeful.
How was your year of running?