Today I’m linking up with Miss Zippy to do a quick recap of my year in running.
2013 was a completely different year than 2012 because I was able to learn from mistakes and focus on my mental game plan. Reading my responses to the same questions in 2012 reminds me how much has changed in a year. While last year felt a bit incomplete, this year felt perfectly balanced. I spent the first six months of the year training hard and chasing a dream, while spending the second six months of the year running for fun.
Best race experience: New York City Marathon – this race will go down as being the most fun I ever had while running a marathon. It was the rally NYC needed after last year’s divesting storms. The city was in rare form and it really couldn’t have been a more perfect day. If I hadn’t sprained my ankle in June and if Melissa hadn’t wanted a running buddy then this race would have been an entirely different experience. It was proof that things can be better than expected when they don’t go according to my original plans.
Best run: It’s a tie between the Rock’n’roll San Diego Marathon (read the recap here) and a set of mile repeats ran during spring training. Both runs were mental and physical breakthroughs. The first because I know I ran the best race I could have possible ran on that day in those given circumstances. And the second because I was finally able to put my brain training into action and hit paces during mile repeats that I should have been hitting all along.
Best new piece of gear: iPod shuffle – I realize this isn’t new to most people, but I never really ran with music until this year. Strange as it may sound it actually helps me to tune out the happenings around me and zone out in a way I haven’t been able to in years.
Best piece of running advice received: Turn on the Light
Most inspirational runner: Oh my goodness, I have to choose! The collective running community inspires me every single day, but I’d have to say my clients inspire me the most.
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
Now it’s your turn! What’s your answer to these questions?