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?