2012 Year in Running

Race for Recovery 5K results

 

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.

Best run?
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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Comments

  1. says

    Love this post!!! And your thinking on running being a privilege! So easy to take our bodies for granted. It sucks that you suffered an injury but your attitude and the amount you have learnt from it is inspiring!

    • admin says

      Thank you Jess. I guess it was a good thing that silly little injury, no? ;-) It has really taught me a lot and I’m glad that I’ve been able to take it all in a productive way rather than get extremely frustrated by it (but there were definitely times that I was very frustrated!).

  2. says

    Christine – so glad you are getting back into it! coming back from knee surgery is not an easy thing – you are a beast and I mean that in a GREAT way. I agree with the I “get to” instead of I “have to” attitude. Great reflection :-)
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    • admin says

      Thank you Harold for your kind words. I know that you know what it means to come back from knee surgery and you – seeing how far you’ve come – are definitely an inspiration to me. Here’s to lots of healthy and happy runs in 2013! (and oh my goodness have I taken my time responding to comments on this post!!). Hope you had a happy holiday!

  3. says

    Love the idea of coming forward! And so glad you have made a strong return–what a great place to be heading into 2013. I also like Laura’s advice; I actually used it in the midst of my cruddy marathon!

    Thanks for playing my Q & A game!

    Just voted for you!
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  4. says

    I’m so glad you surprised yourself this weekend- those are the best kinds of runs, so empowering. I’m excited to write up my year in review, too. I was thinking I may host a link up for all of the end-of-year recaps in the next week or two, so we can all read and support each other. Thanks for the shout out! I have to keep reminding myself of that privilege, too.
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  5. says

    Congrats on an awesome race last weekend! I really love your emphasis on “getting to” run. It’s so easy to see running as a chore because it isn’t always easy, but I need to remember that it is something I choose to do and that not everyone is able to do the same.

    • admin says

      I totally get what you mean about thinking of running as a chore sometimes. I know that I definitely do that but I think that this past year and being injured has really helped me embrace it a bit more – the good runs and the bad/ugly ones.

  6. says

    Love this post! Your retrospective on running pre- and post-injury is awesome. I am so so glad that you have gotten through your injury and recovery and are able to run again but learned so much in between. I especially have loved seeing your yoga progression and all of your beautiful pictures. You are amazing! And I LOVE that you have Lindsay here as someone to meet given I JUST got the chance today and love her! She is an incredible person (as are you!!) and her words inspire me daily too :) XO
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    • admin says

      I’m a little late in responding to these comments but wanted to say thank you so much Jo. Your comment and support means so much to me throughout this whole year.

  7. says

    So happy that you are running again and that it is bringing you so much joy. And yes, I LOVE telling myself that I GET TO RUN versus I HAVE TO – a phrase I discovered via your Friday Roundup!
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