And just like that it’s over.
I don’t know about you but I’m in a complete fog. Did Christmas really happen? We all got hit with various stages of the crud on Christmas day. Not exactly the day we were hoping for but at least we were together! My parents have left town so it’s now back to the four of us and life as normal although Ron and the kids are still on vacation. Poor me is back at work today!
It’s that time of year again. Time to wrap things up and reflect on my year of running. For the past two years, I’ve done it (HERE and HERE). I actually just went back to read what I wrote. It’s funny how much my running has changed (and stayed the same – hello injuries!).
Best Race Experience?
Two races come to mind for two different reasons.
In June, I achieved a 5k PR at a Father’s Day race even though I was sick and not in racing mode. I made it a point to change my attitude to I CAN rather than turning towards the negative. It was like an AHA moment of what the power of positive thinking can do.
The second was Reach the Beach Relay. I loved everything about this race even though it really wasn’t a race. The friendships formed, running at 2 a.m. and just the chance to have fun doing what we all love to do. I even didn’t mind the port-a-potties, the lack of sleep or showers. Team #islagiatt has it’s vans reserved for September 2015 and will be registering soon. I can’t wait!
It just happened recently. I was shocked when Ron asked if I wanted to go for a run while we vacationed in Hawaii after the Honolulu Marathon. Ron does not run. He hates it. I had told myself that I would take 2 weeks off with no running post marathon since I’m jumping back into Boston training the first week of January. But it was Hawaii, a beautiful day and an opportunity to run with Ron. I had to do it . And it was so worth it even if just for a few miles. One of the most marvelous runs of my life so far.
Best New Piece of Gear?
I’m not a huge tech fan. Give me my Garmin and I’m good. But wearable gear that performs and does what it says? I’m all over it. I’ve talked about my love of the Saucony Run Mitt multiple times. It’s a game changer in cold weather running. The Saucony Vizipro jacket has also been perfect for keeping me dry and visible in what seems to be like the endless wet weather lately.
Best piece of Running Advice You Received?
Take chances. Don’t over think. Believe in yourself. Have fun. You can do hard shit. Fix your imbalances.
Most Inspiring Runner?
It’s hard to choose one. There are so many inspirations that I encounter everyday. YOU are my inspiration if you get out there, take chances, are having fun and doing what you love.
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
A huge thanks to Amanda for prompting us to look back at the year in running.
How was your year of running?