Every year, my friend Amanda invites us to reflect back on our year of running.
I have to admit. I’ve been excited about writing this post for a long time. Unexpectedly, this has been a pretty great year of running for me.
The plan for the year was to run one half marathon – the SF Half in July. Instead, I ran 3 half marathons and 1 relay race. I improved my half marathon PR by 9 minutes over the course of the year. Oops?
But this is the biggest highlight for me? This was the first full year post knee surgery #2 that I’ve been able to run without any major hiccups or injuries.
Year of Running
Best race experience
Reach the Beach Relay. I’m sure that Allie is rolling her eyes at me for saying this but it’s true. It’s not like Reach the Beach was spectacular in any specific way (aside from the company of course!) but it was more about what it did for me and my running, namely helped to rekindle my love for it and reminded me what it felt like to feel strong when running.
Philly Half Marathon. It was a picture perfect day for a run. I felt strong throughout the run, nailed my paces, clocked negative splits and walked away with a 7 minute PR.
Best new pieces of gear
So much fun gear this year. Several pieces I received from New Balance during Reach the Beach top my list of favorite new pieces of running gear including these shorts and this jacket. My other favorite? My homemade armwarmers!
Best piece of running advice you received
Embrace the Suck. There is a great article by pro triathlete Chris McCormack about how you have to learn to embrace the suck. You know that there will be parts of your run that will be painful. You know that there will be a part of your brain that will tell you to stop. Instead of running from these moments, prepare yourself to embrace them. And after all, knowing is half the battle, right?
Most inspirational runner
All of YOU. Seriously, this running community never ceases to inspire me and pushes me to be a better runner.
However, if I did have to pick one inspiration runner, it would be Tracy. She’s an amazing mom and incredible writer and an inspiring runner. She’s one of the most dedicated runners I know, heading out the door before dawn to run. The freezing Minnesota winters don’t even stop her.
This fall, a year after getting back to the sport of running, she ran the Twin Cities Marathon and took 38 minutes off her marathon from Twin Cities last year. And she qualified for the Boston Marathon.
If you could sum up your year in a couple of works, what would they be?
Strong. Confident. FUN.
How was your year in running?
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