It’s the end of the year – a time for reflection, right? I’ve been thinking about my year on many different levels (more about that in another post) but my friend Miss Zippy invited us all to share our 2012 year of running.
2012 has been really an up and down year for me. It started off great. I re-discovered my love for running. I was running well and felt strong, especially after completing a Leg Makeover project with FITNESS Magazine. Then as I started training for a spring half marathon, I injured my knee while doing speed work at the track and had to have my ACL reconstructed for the second time.
But since then, I’ve worked really hard to get to where I am now and I’m extremely grateful as I reflect on my year of running.
Best Race Experience?
This past weekend, I participated in the Race for Recovery, a virtual 5K/10K organized by Michele at NYC Running Mama to support Super Storm Sandy relief efforts. I’m proud to be one of 112 participants to help raise $10,785.
I was looking forward to the opportunity to run a little faster and I had no idea how my knee would respond to a faster pace. I just wanted to finish under 30 minutes but managed to surprise myself by finishing in 26:42 (8:37/mi pace). Surgery aside, I don’t think that I’ve run that fast in a LONG time.
Hands down, my best run was my first post-surgery run outdoors. 5 brilliant miles in Prospect Park.
Best new piece of gear?
Best new gear has to be my Mizuno Wave Nirvana 8s. I love them and they have been extremely supportive as I’ve started running again.
Best piece of running advice you received?
It’s less running advice per se but two magical words that have changed my attitude and perspective on running. Laura at Mommy Run Fast wrote a beautiful post about shifting your perspective from I “have to” to I “get to”. When I’m running and it doesn’t feel great or I’m frustrated with my rehab and recovery, I remind myself that “I get to” run and that it’s a privilege and that’s made all the difference.
Most inspirational runner?
Geez. This is a hard one as there are so many who have shared their inspiring stories over the year but I think that I would to have that Jess from Pace of Me has been the most inspirational runner. She’s a mom of three and has such a passion for running and life. Not to mention speedy.
If you could sum up your year in a couple of worlds, what would they be?
In the wise wise words of Lindsay Cotter, my year has been a coming forward, not a comeback.
Now it’s your turn! Tell me your answers to one or all of these questions or write your own blog post.
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