2014 was quite a year in running for me. Originally I had wanted to aim for running 2014 miles this year (tracking with Run This Year) but I realized around October that I wouldn’t hit that number. I’m really not even disappointed, because I still think I will hit close to 1900 which is by far the most I have ever run in a year. (I think in 2013 I ran about 1300.) I also know that I was smart about backing off on the miles when my body needed a break, which probably allowed me to continue running all year long.
Best race experience? There were actually quite a few good ones this year! Philly was a special one because it was my goal race and I PR’d by 15 minutes. But I also have a great time at the Baltimore Half (also a PR) and the Charles St 12 (first time doing that distance). Luckily there weren’t really “bad” races this year although some had less than ideal weather conditions.
Best run? As much as I complained about the snow early in the year, those runs were kind of special. I really enjoyed running in the fresh snow– it was the melting/icy mess that happened the next day that was an issue. I remember some of those snowy runs were really peaceful. I also loved running in Maine since I don’t typically have the opportunity to run in areas surrounded by nature.
Best new piece of gear? Since I like to torture myself, I would have to go with my Trigger Point Grid X foam roller. I guess that’s not really “gear” but I can’t think of any new gear I got this year. I would say my Garmin 620 but technically I started using that last December.
Best piece of running advice you received? I feel like I learned about about running this year. In two days at the RRCA certification course I learned more information than I knew what to do with. I also feel like I have learned a lot from other running bloggers as well. One specific piece of advice that sticks out in my mind actually came from an 8 year old. I remember over the summer my chiropractor’s daughter was hanging out in the office and he asked her to tell me one piece of running advice. She thought about it and said “Just run your own race”. She went on to talk about how other people go out really fast, and you may want to keep up with them, but thats not always the best plan. (She is actually an amazingly fast runner for her age and that was a lesson she had to learn while running cross country.) Without even realizing it, my mantra during my fall marathon was “just run your own race”. At the time I forgot where it came from, but it really helped me to run a consistent race and stay strong until the end.
Most inspirational runner? Honestly, I feel like this year I have found “average” runners to be extremely inspirational this year. Sure, the elites are amazing and we have talked about how they are under so much pressure to perform and that is stressful. And they sure are inspiring. But its harder to relate to them. As I have followed other runners’ blogs and read about all of their successes- THAT is what I find inspirational. I wanted to name some of you here but the list would be far too long and I know I would accidentally leave someone off.
If you could sum up your year in running in a couple of words, what would they be? Focused and fun.
How was your year in running?
What races or runs stand out in your mind from this year?
What was the best piece of running advice you have received?
Also linking up with Katie since this year was pretty marvelous.