People, here come the end of the year posts! Go ahead and X out now if you really want.
This year was a year of chasing down and achieving PRs thanks to a coach who helped me turned big dreams into reality.
Best Race Experience:
I know you’d think I’d say NYCM here, but when I think of NYCM, all I can think of are those tough 3-4 miles at the end. I still have no desire to run a marathon last year. Marathons are hard.
So I’m going to say the D.C. Half! I had fairly low expectations. I just wanted to PR a little, but I PRed by 5 minutes and felt awesome pretty much the whole time.
Runner up: NYCM, duh. The first 20 miles were amazing, and the results were amazing, but those last 6 were really hard.
It would have to be that time that I ran a 10K, ran 11 miles and then ran a mile race. I accidentally PRed, then ran 11, then ran that mile sub-7. It was so empowering to push through all of this. I felt like such a badass at the end! It started to give me a lot more confidence for my marathon.
Runner-up: Philly Half! It was just one hour and fifty-five minutes of loving running.
Best new piece of gear:
These New Balance 880v3s. Just because they’re pretty, I’m not going to lie. I mean, they’re functional, too, but I love them most for looks.
Best piece of running advice:
Just go run. Over the summer, my running was a massive pile of suck. I didn’t want to run because every time I looked at my watch, I hated what it said. Mentally, I really needed some good runs as a release, and they just weren’t happening. Detaching from all of that and just making myself get out there made things much better.
Most inspirational runner:
I’d have to say my buddy Jocelyn. I’m so impressed and inspired by her improvement over the past year or so. Last year, she ran Chicago in 4:03, ran a low 3:50-something last fall, high 3:40s in Eugene, and was seconds away from BQing this fall. That’s nearly a 30 minute improvement in less than a year. I am SO impressed and inspired by this, especially since we were around the same speed last year. It makes me think big things are possible if I believe in myself and work hard.
If you could sum up your year in a couple of words, what would they be?
I have to say first, I haven’t yet sipped the Oiselle Kool-Aid, but Go Fast, Take Chances sums up my year of running. I ran faster than I ever ever thought I could because I was willing to take that chance. My goal races could have blown up in my face, and I could have had terrible days, but I took the chance that if I trained hard, I could achieve big goals…and I did.
Et toi? Tell me about your best moments in running this year!