The great, Miss Zippy, wanted to know how my year in running was.
When she asks, I tell.
Looking back at my answers from last year, I can see that I was at a different place. Never did I imagine I’d spend more than a quarter of the year on the injured reserve list. I had big hopes and dreams for 2013. The first 4 1/2 months were solid. I was feeling strong. Nailing each training run and racking up miles. I achieved three PR’s in the 5 miler, 10 miler and half marathon distance. Then May happened and it’s been a struggle to get healthy ever since.
I ran my first marathon but it wasn’t nearly the race that I had trained and hoped for.
I ran my first trail race and first (more likely last) race with Ron.
All super achievements!
But I’ve been thinking a lot about where I want to go with running in 2014. Looking back at the year has definitely shown me that I’m not ready to jump into Spring marathon training. 2014 will be the year of getting strong (and staying there), building the fundamentals again (the right way), running for fun and trying new distances.
More on that later but first let’s look at 2013.
Best race experience?
Wallis Sands Half Marathon. Funny but this was my same answer from 2012. I love this race. It’s a great course, flat and fun. This year brought a 2 minute PR and a 3 minute course PR from 2012. I’ll be back again in 2014 for sure.
Run for the Fallen New Hampshire. A tribute run that moved me to tears. Families thanking ME for taking time to run 12 miles in honor of their loved one. Easily the most meaningful miles of the year.
Best new piece of gear?
SPIBelt! I mentioned this on Wednesday in my stocking stuffer gift list but I seriously love it. I knew about it for years but I thought it was like all the other belts. They flop. They ride up. They’re uncomfortable. When I finally gave in, it was magical from the very first run. I wear it on every single run.
A close second are Feetures! socks. Best socks to run in ever!
Best piece of running advice you received?
Not every race will go as planned.
A change of pace will do you good.
Taking time off from running to heal an injury means more than 7 days. –> My stubborn runner AHA! moment.
Most inspirational runner?
So many in real life and in the bloggy world! I definitely am inspired by my running buddy, Mariette. She’s super speedy, has a lot of determination but took this year in running to focus on having fun. No worries about training plans, numbers. It’s paid off for her BIG TIME. I’ve also been inspired by my bloggy friend, Heather. She started the year with a blood clot that kept her from running and most forms of exercise. She’s persevered through lots of running trials – finding a dead body while running was one of them. After all of this, she majorly smoked her half marathon PR this Fall. Thanks for inspiring me girls!
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
Fun. Challenging. Disappointing. Injured. Rehab. On a break. Determined. Love.
Definitely one of the most memorable moments of my year in running.
How was your year in running, yoga, cycling, fitness, life?
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