Year of Running 2015

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?

Post race Midwinter Classic | happyfitmama.com

Best run

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.

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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!

Saucony 26 Strong ABC 7 News Broadcast | happyfitmama.com

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.

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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.

Momentum Jewelery | hapypfitmama.com

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.

Boston Preview Run | happyfitmama.com

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.

Team Stonyfield  happyfitmama.com

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?

31 comments on “Year of Running 2015

  1. This must have been a hard one to write Angela so big fist bump to you for doing it. I can definitely understand why you want this year to be done but I LOVE that you had a run where you just now know everything is going to be ok. I believe the experiences you had this past year will make you kick so much ass in 2016!!!! I look forward to watching it and hope to run with you this year!!!
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  2. What a lovely tradition of reflection you’ve established – it’s wonderful to take some time to reflect at the end of the year.

    Despite it’s challenges, it sounds like there were some really beautiful shiny bits as well.

    All the best for 2016!
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  3. I have definitely had years like that and it is so good when you get to put them in the rearview mirror! I am really impressed that you are keeping the garmin tucked away–that’s the smart way to come back from injury! Keep taking the conservative road and you’ll be just fine. And YES to the reasons we run. Cheers to an amazing 2016 for you!
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  4. Yes – good riddance to 2015!!! I’m so very happy that you are back to running and feeling good. And your best run? It made me choke up because you will be OK. I will be OK and I’m so looking forward to lots of healthy and happy miles in our future. Love that you did this. I thought about it and then just deleted my draft. xo
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    1. Ok, you just made me choke up reading that it made you choke up. We will be ok. And I seriously thought hard about doing this post. Why relive the shittiest year of running? But I did have some good times sprinkled in with the bad. It’s all about perspective I guess.

  5. Oh man I understand your pain of not being able to run and also the excitement of knowing it’s all going to be okay. After a year and half off from healthy running (the kind where you aren’t trying to work through some kind of crazy pain before, during or after) I finally go to running again last month. I’m so excited for you that you will have a new year ahead with as many running memories as you can make! I’m definitely here to welcome in a new year of running with you!
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  6. I’m so happy for you that you’re feeling good and running again (and creating awesome photos while you’re doing it)! My little taste of not being able to run was enough for me and helps me understand how frustrating it must have been. My 2015 year of running wasn’t great either, but at least by the end of the year we’re both back out on the road again.
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  7. I’m sorry it was such a tough year, but that just means that 2016 is going to be epic! And I love your running advice. As a recovering runner I know how that feels. I will cherish every run after this injury!
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  8. 2015 may have been a tough year but you endured and cannot wait to see 2016. I am SOOO grateful we finally got to meet this year and hope we can again next year (come on SAUCONYYYY!).

    Your drive, support of others, and embracing experiences is more motivating than any year full of races could ever be- don’t forget that!
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  9. It seems like you had a lot of ups and downs throughout this past year. I admire that you endured through all that and that you are looking forward to 2016 being an even better year of running!

    I do really like the advice you got about running as well. Running is absolutely about how it makes you feel and now trying to always beat your PR. It really puts things in perspectives and reminds us to enjoy running and not make everything a competition.
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