I know, I know, I am little late with everything, but I would still like to link up with Courtney from eatprayrundc.com to take a look back at my year of running. Courtney hosts this link-up annually and it is open through the end of January, so go and check out everyone else’s year of running!
I feel pretty good about my running year. I was injury free and even though my training was thrown off a couple of times (because LIFE), I still had fun logging many, many miles.
680 total miles (not quite what I had set out for, but I focused more on cross-training which was a good decision).
4 officially timed races – 3 Half Marathons, one 10k,
2 virtual races,
1 new PR.
Best race experience: This is a tough one because I ran three really amazing half marathons last year, but I think the best race experience was the Moo-nlight Run that I ran with my friend Susi. There is just something about just running for fun with a friend.
Best run: I can’t pinpoint one best run that stands out in my mind, but I always love the runs that clear my head and feel easy. I feel like a million bucks afterwards!
Best piece of new running gear: I won another pair of Brooks running shoes again in a giveaway and I love them. The colors are so cool.
Best running advice that I received this year: If you fall off the bandwagon, just pick yourself up and start again. It’s easy to feel defeated when your training cycle is thrown off and you miss a few runs, but the best way to compensate is just to keep going.
runner walker: My Mom. Well, technically my Mom is not a runner, but she started walking (almost) daily last year after a longer recovery from surgery and I am so proud of her that she managed to pick up a new routine that gets her moving every day. We connect via Garmin Connect and Runtastic to support and cheer each other on!
Favorite picture from a race:
Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat: The Urban Cow Half that I entered after being thrown off my training cycle and where I still pulled off my fastest race yet. Sometimes it pays off to not worry too much and just let your legs do their thing.
If you could wrap up your year in a couple of words, what would they be? Commitment. Fun. Gratitude.
I just felt a lot of love for running and was looking forward to my runs around the neighborhood. I didn’t run a whole lot of races (I am not someone who signs up for a ton of races, but rather pick my races carefully and appropriately spaced apart), but simply enjoyed (almost) every logged mile and I am so thankful that I was able to run and to stay injury-free.
Thanks for all the support this year.
How was your year of running?
What ‘s the best running adviced you received?