2013 Year of Running

Brooklyn Bridge

The end of the year is a natural time for reflection. We look back on the year to see how our year stacked up – what went well, what could be improved in the new year.

Miss Zippy has invited us to look back at my year of running. Looking back at my running in 2012 and comparing it to this year, it looks the same in many ways but also different.

2013 was supposed to be my triumphant return to running after knee surgery last year. I kicked off the year with a New Year’s Eve run with friends and that seemed to set the tone for the first half of the year.

And the first half of the year was great and I fell in love with running again. Then things started to take a turn thanks in part of the re-emergence of my asthma and plantar fasciitis. Maybe I got a little too excited about running?

I’ve taken a break from running the last couple of months (due in large part of yoga teacher training) but I’ve missed it. I’m ready to start again, rebuild my base and have a good running year in 2014.

broad street run

Best race experience?

Broad Street Run in May. This was the first race that I trained for after surgery and it was such a fun day. Despite having some ankle/foot trouble a few weeks before the race, I felt really good and strong on race day. Running felt easy. Plus, it was amazing to have my family in Philadelphia to cheer me on.

Best run?

The most memorable run this year was the #BostonStrongNYC run in April. Approximately 300 runners gathered together in Central Park to run as a show of support following the Boston Marathon bombings. It was simply amazing.

Best new piece of gear?

I was lucky to receive a Polar RC3 GPS through my affiliation with Fitfluential to test out and review. I’ve wanted a GPS and heart rate monitor for a while but was worried that I would get hung up on the numbers. However, it has been the best addition because it provides me so much more information about how hard my body is (or is not) working which has helped me to implement the best piece of running advice I’ve received this year (see next question).


Best piece of running advice you received?

Slow down. Over and over, I’ve heard about the benefits of slowing down on my runs. I knew that every run isn’t supposed to be faster than the last but that was how I ended up treating most, if not all, of my runs.

Then I started reading about Amanda’s experience with MAF training and I started doing a bit more research. Then I received my Polar watch and it seemed like the best time to give it a try. It was a really interesting experience and I do believe is what helped me with my asthma in the spring and summer. It helped me enjoy running more.

I fully intended to continue with this form of training through the fall but I got injured. I injured myself because I didn’t listen to my body and started running too much – not because I was running too fast or because of the MAF technique.

I know my body and that my body starts to break down if I run more than 3-4 times a week and definitely when I run lots of back to back days which is what I did when we first arrived in Hawaii in August. It was just too beautiful not to run.

BostonStrongNYC run start

Most inspirational runner?

It’s hard to pick one inspiration runner. More than anything, this year has shown me how inspirational the whole running community is and how it pulls together and supports each other. Just look at what happened through the BostonStrong runs.

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?

Progress and detours.


How was your year in running?


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  1. says

    My year in running has been sporadic but like you, I’ve been inspired. Injury has sucked a lot but I’ve learned a lot about my own body and motivation. I’ve also been lucky enough to meet amazing people through blogging and through fitness endeavors.

    I may not be a runner at heart but I’m looking forward to incorporating running into my healthy 2014.
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  2. says

    Loved reading your 2013 running review! I’m linking up with Miss Zippy too. It’s fun to look back and reflect, but I’m excited about what lies ahead. Here’s to a fabulous year of running in 2014! Maybe we’ll have the chance to line up for a race together! How awesome would that be?
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  3. says

    I love reflection time of year!
    I think it’s great that you can look back over your year and see more ups than downs with your running. I like how you focused on both the running but also the inspirational aspect and your favorite runs. I don’t run but seems as though there is much more to it than just exercise!
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  4. says

    I remember how happy I was for you when you could run again and your training for Broad Street. I too have body breakdown when I push the amount of runs I do per week – it’s been tough to slow down here – I mean, I love at the beach! I want to run all the time! But it’s best when I do it in moderation. A couple or words to sum up my year? Don’t over think it. xo
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  5. says

    The Boston Strong runs get me chocked up every time! It was amazing to see runners come together! I remember the one we had here. So many of my friends were there running and it was amazing to be able to give them a big hug and know they were ok! It was an emotional time….and still is right there under the surface! My heart breaks thinking about the families that will be celebrating Christmas without their little boy or daughters this year.
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  6. says

    My body doesn’t handle back-to-back runs well either, Christine.

    Enjoyed reading this reflection. You might have inspired me to write one of my own.

    Good luck with your running next year. Don’t you love that feeling of just wanting to run … not feeling like you have to or need to or should, but wanting to pound the pavement because you honestly miss it?!
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  7. says

    It would seem that lots of runners had ups and downs this year, and I think that is the nature of running. The most important thing you did–and that we all can do–is learn from the downs in order to make progress toward the future. That said, you had some great running experiences this year and I love that you enjoyed using MAF and the HRM–not always easy to enjoy!

    Thanks for linking up!
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