Now that I have talked about some of the lessons I learned in 2016, I wanted to reflect on the year overall. I’ll be joining Courtney for the Year of Running Link-Up. I wrote this Year of Running post in 2014 when Amanda was hosting and last year I did my own running highlights post.
Best race experience:
I only ran 4 races this year and they were during the months of April to June. I would have to say my best experience was PRing at the Baltimore 10 Miler. It was a really hot day, and the course is tough, but I managed do better than I ever expected. Lets not talk about what followed that race though…(spoiler alert: a 5 month injury) Out of the 4 races I ran this year I managed to PR in 3 of them so that’s definitely a success from this year!
There was only one time this year that I ran the half marathon distance and it was a random Saturday in May. I didn’t plan to run 13 miles but just kept running. That was the run that reminded me that I am still a distance runner. I love those runs where you zone out and don’t feel like you are running for 2 hours!
Best new piece of running gear:
Does a bike count? I actually didn’t get any new running gear this year that stands out. There were several new pairs of running shoes tried but none have been a perfect match. I am pretty grateful for Theraband Kinesiology Tape that helped me through part of my injury!
Best running advice you’ve received this year:
I think I learned a whole lot this year. Most of the advice I received was more focused on injury prevention/recovery than actual running. Some things that stand out are being told I don’t need to stretch (at the UVA speed clinic), that my core is really not engaging when I run (also at UVA) and that I’m a “hip person” rather than a “foot person” with hypermobile joints (at PT). This isn’t so much advice but information that could help me to make decisions.
Most inspirational runner:
There are so many, how can I pick just one? This year I really enjoyed following Kara Goucher. Even though she placed 4th in the Olympic trials she really gave it her all and handled it with grace. I loved hearing her story on this podcast about signing with Oiselle. Did you know that at first they turned her away because they didn’t feel like they could make her a fair offer? For Kara it wasn’t about the money, it was about being a part of a team that she respected and would help to support her.
Favorite picture from a run or race this year:
There weren’t many great race photos from this year but I guess I will pick this one from the Sole of the City 10k
Race experience you would repeat in a heartbeat:
Out of the 4 races I ran this year I would say Sole of the City. It was a fun race with good weather and a decent course!
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words what would they be?
Frustration and Patience! This year may have been frustrating but it definitely taught me to be patient with myself, my body, and my running.
How was your year of running?
Who is the most inspiring runner for you?