So I’m still pretty new to this blog thing. I follow a lot of various running magazines/websites on facebook that often link to posts from popular running bloggers. I read one from Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, that linked to her Year of Running post, asking other runners to link up. So I thought this would be fun. So here is my post. My year of running. Especially fun for me since it’s my first official year on the move. I haven’t run a lot of races this year, but hoping to change that in 2016. Click her button below to play along.
Best race experience: This would have to be the Health Solutions 8k I ran on the 4th of July. It was my first race distance longer than a 5k, but I pushed myself to the further distance and am so glad I did! I needed it to prove I was capable, and the support along the race route was amazing! Gotta love small-ish town Iowa! 🙂
Best run: My best is probably my longest. I had a 9.2 mile run in August (or maybe it was September?) when I was trying to build mileage for the Hot Chocolate 15k in November. Again, it felt amazing to just be able to prove I could do it. Of course, I then was sidelined with plantar fasciitis.
Best new piece of running gear: This would have to be my lululemon tights. I had been eyeing them for a while, and even bought myself a pair, only to end up returning them because I just couldn’t justify the cost. But my dear, sweet daughter bought them for me for my birthday.
Best running advice you’ve received this year: I honestly don’t know that I’ve received any running advice directly from anyone, just lots of reading on the interwebs. Probably the best advise I’ve read though, is to just keep going, and don’t ever give up.
Most inspirational runner: I don’t really have any one person I find inspirational. I’ve read a lot of inspiring stories that all play a part for me. Otherwise, I try to be my own inspiration.
Favorite picture from a run or race this year: I have two. The first is probably actually my very favorite. This is from my 8k, and the first race I ran for a medal. Yes, I’ll admit, I’m in it for bling. 🙂 And it was just an overall amazing day and race for me, physically and mentally.
The second is from the Hot Chocolate 15k. You’ll probably notice I wasn’t running. This is where I injured my knee, and had to walk the last 2 miles. But I was determined to finish. I like this picture though, because it keeps me humble, and reminds me to take things slow and be patient with myself.
Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat: Both the Hot Chocolate and the Health Solutions 8k. I loved the experience of the 8k, and would love some vindication at the Hot Chocolate, with a better outcome. And, well, chocolate! 🙂
If you could sum up your year in a couple words, what would they be? Enlightening and motivational. I actually have another blog post set to post on New Year’s Eve. A post about my year in review as a whole, not just related to running. And the word I used to describe it was enlightening. I’ve learned so much about myself this year. As a runner, I’ve learned that I’m capable of so much more than I would ever give myself credit for. And to be patient with myself, the best will come in time. As I’ve progressed this past year, I’ve pulled so much motivation from myself. The more I would do, the more I wanted to do. And the more I wanted to succeed. I guess you could also use the word “addicting”. 🙂
I feel like I have grown so much this year in my running. And I even started a race bucket list. Does that make me officially a runner? Can’t wait to see what 2016 brings! (at the very least, two half marathons on my calendar, but hopefully, no more injuries). What are you looking forward to?