For the past 4 years, I’ve shared my Year of Running. It started with Miss Zippy and Courtney took over last year.
As the end of the year comes to a close, which blows my mind btw, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I did this year and where I want to go in 2017. I went back and looked at what my answers were for all of the Year of Running questions in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015. It’s quite sad that every single year involved time off because of an injury. You’d think I’d learn my lesson! As I said last week, things have changed a lot in one year. For one, I’ve been practically injury free all year (except for that unfortunate ankle roll in June!). There wasn’t a whole lot of racing this year, there wasn’t any record breaking PR’s. Just running for the love of it. And that was a good thing.
Here’s to another injury free year in 2017 that hopefully has me racing again.
Best race experience: I ran two races this year (three if you count the Turkey Trot with my family). Both were pretty fantastic for different reasons. Mount Washington was just plain amazing. It was my first post-injury race. It was my first time running Mount Washington. From learning to actually like hills thanks to mega hill training, to falling head over heels in love with trails, to doing something that most people say HELL NO! to, to the amazing post race festivities at the base – hands down the best race experience. Fingers crossed I make it into the lottery for 2017!
Best run: Two runs come to mind. It’s one thing to know other bloggers online. It’s a whole new world when you get to share miles with each other. You connect on a whole new level when you sweat it out. And swear at the unrelenting hills in Vermont. Our shake out run at Rise.Run.Retreat was so fun.
The other best run was meeting up with my friend Sarah. Sarah and I became best running buddies while training for Boston in 2015. We shared so much time together that winter/spring in training. In between my injury and her moving 40 minutes away, we could never find a time to meet up for a run. Until October this year – 18 months after our last run together! It felt so good to reconnect and fall right into easy conversation for the entire run.
Best new piece of running gear: Saucony Reflex tights and jacket. I’m in love with how I light up the dark. Even in a snowstorm.
Best running advice you’ve received this year: You don’t know what’s ahead, but keep doing the right things and make small progress.
Most inspirational runner: Molly Huddle definitely inspired me after her performances at the Olympics and New York City Marathon. But for everyday athletes, I have to say every lady from Rise.Run.Retreat this year. We all have had our ups and downs in running but we continue to run with heart, determination and grit.
Favorite picture from a run or race this year: Finishing your first race 14 months after an injury on top of the world? Priceless.
Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat: Ummmm…Mount Washington for sure. If only I can dial in the picture perfect weather again. I’m sure I’d have a different answer if it was freezing, windy and snowing.
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be? Forgiveness. Fun. Eye opening.
What was your best run of 2016?
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