Friday, December 13, 2013

My year of running 2013

I've been dragging me heels about writing a year in review post because we still have over 2 weeks left in December and I didn't want to cut it short.  But,  Miss Zippy posted a fun link-up for year end reviews with 6 running related questions and I thought it would be fun to join in:

Best Race Experience: Heroes Half Marathon.  After signing up on a whim, it ended up being my favorite race of the year in term of running. I was able to really 'race' for the first time and it was really exciting to see hard work pay off. The post race helicopter ride didn't hurt either.
Happy to be back on the soil in one piece!
Best Run: My loop through Cades Cove in August.  It was truly a special experience to run through a national park completely solo.  I will remember that one for a long time!
Isn't it lovely?
Best piece of new gear: Island Boost. Finding a fuel that didn't make me hurl mid race was a huge game changer. I set multiple PRs this year from just having the ability to fuel better.
Birthdays are so much better when they are not Barfdays.
Best piece of running advice you received: Patience, it will come. For me this applies to individual runs (relax, you will get to the finish) and to training overall.  Big changes don't happen in seconds. Be patient, they will come.

Most inspirational runner: I loved Meb's NYCM story this year.  We've all had bad days and races, but it's all about how we respond when they happen.  If you haven't read it, do!

If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be: Back in the groove!

Overall, it was a great 2013 and I am very excited for 2014!

How was your year? What are you favorite running memories from 2013?

12 comments:

  1. I love that we had the same inspiration from Meb this year! So glad you found fuel that works for you - once you find it, you're golden!! Post race helicopter ride? How cool!! Happy running in 2014 ;-)

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    1. It was such a good story, how could you not love it?! Thanks! Happy running to you too!

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  2. It's great that you found a gel that agrees with you - so important! Meb's NYCM story - great story!

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  3. I haven't tried Island Boost, I will look for it. I've only had luck with sport beans. I bet the helicopter ride was quite an experience :)

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    1. Island Boost was big time helpful for me. I use to use beans but I could only stomach a few.

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  4. Meb was a great story, for sure. Good guy! And my inlaws have a place down in Tenn. near Cade's Cove--I need to get a run in there--sounds lovely! Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Cades Cove is beautiful and they close it to motorized traffic two mornings a week. It's mostly cyclists, but it was an amazing run.

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  5. I learned a lot about fueling, too, this year. My favorite memory was completing the Yeti Snakebite 50k. Something about that race was just really special to me.

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    1. I feel like I am constantly learning about fueling! I hope to be at Snakebite this year!

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  6. What a great year you've had!! I just recently tried Island Boost for the first time, love it! My fave running memory was running my first marathon.

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  7. I love the idea of doing a year in review post - I'll have to do my own on my blog (I'll probably do it on New Year's Eve!). Thanks for the inspiration, and congrats on a great year!

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