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.
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.
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.
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.
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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