I’ve seen this going around on a few of my favorite blogs, so I had to jump in to recap my year in running and link up with Miss Zippy this year:
- Best race experience? I had quite a few good races this year when I PR’d (my 1/2 and 5k times in April and my 10k in November) but the best race experience definitely goes to my first Ragnar Relay weekend in Napa Valley in September (parts 1, 2 and 3). I had somehow talked myself into putting together 2 full teams and it was the most stressful few months of my life, especially the last few weeks, but was SO worth the amazing experience. I’d do it again in a heartbeat… but stick to just one team:)
- Best run? This one is technically a race, but when I PR’d my 1/2 marathon time in April at Rock n Roll San Francisco. I had won a race entry and hadn’t really trained for anything that year, so I was just going to listen to my body, run it slow, not look at the Garmin too much, enjoy the scenery and take pictures (especially if it was a clear day on the GG bridge). I did all of those things, took multiple pictures, used the bathroom, ran all those hills AND took a picture for someone else and somehow still managed to PR. I loved every second of the race and I still can’t tell you how that PR came about.
- Best new piece of gear? I don’t think I bought ANY new gear in 2013. How is that possible!? All of my races came with a tech shirt, the Brooks Running shorts and shoes I bought this month haven’t been taken for a spin yet, and I’ve used the same Garmin for 3 years. I did win a few pieces of gear, including a pair of Under Armour shoes (almost positive I need a 1/2 size bigger) and an AMAZING FlipBelt that I know is going to be worn until it falls apart.
- Best piece of running advice you received? I’m trying to think if anyone gave me any running advice this year. I try to prescribe to the same rule of thumb: run for yourself and no one else. I’m not nearly the fastest by any means, so STOP being so hard on myself.
- Most inspirational runner? This is so hard! There are so many amazing runners out there each and every day, each with their own story, and frankly, reading a lot of their blogs is what gets me through the day. I have been reading Krysten’s Darwinian Fail blog for quite some time, and she’s made me laugh, made me cry, made me question my reality and just overall made me want to be a better person, both fitness-wise and and soul-wise.
- If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? My how things can change so quickly!