My Year in Running: 2014

Hi guys! I’m currently having a wild Friday night in NYC on my couch eating some hot and sour soup and trying to get my voice back and get over a cold. Apparently drinking champagne at the work Christmas party last night was not actually a great antidote for this cold, which is really weird. So, I thought I’d do Miss Zippy’s Year of Running. This year was very different than the other years that I’ve been running. I wasn’t chasing down any PRs or new distances…and that’s ok! It was kind of a reset year for running for me, but I’m really excited to chase some big goals next year.

Year in Running 2013

Year in Running 2012

Brooklyn Half

Best race experience?

Hands-down, the Brooklyn Half. I ran it with Jordan and Alex, my coworkers and two of my favorite people in the world. It was their first half, and I was so, so proud of them. They ran a killer 2:01, and Jordan recently ran her second half and SMASHED it with a 1:54. I really enjoyed assuring them that they could do this, and seeing how happy they were at the end. It also made me realize I should start actually using my RRCA coaching certification. So, if you want to run your first half or 5K (or any distance in between) or chase a PR, drop me an email if you’d like to work together! (theodora at preppy runner dot com)

Amagansett Running

Best run?

I really enjoyed my slightly hungover runs through Amagansett with Heather this summer. We didn’t worry about pace, we didn’t worry about distance, we just ran by the beach and looked at all the gorgeous houses and recapped the night before’s shenanigans.

New Balance Hi-Viz Jacket

Best new piece of gear?

New Balance printed up these awesome Glow Beacon jackets for us with our team name on them for Reach the Beach. I love the obnoxiously bright color, but moreso, I love that this jacket is a tangible reminder of the fun weekend I had.

Shalane Flanagan Heartbreak Hill Half

Best piece of running advice you received?

So there was that time I met Shalane Flanagan? We asked if she had any mantras or what her race strategy was, and she said she just thinks: “Execute.” She takes the emotion out of it, and just goes for it. We’re all capable of so, so much more when we let go of all the doubt that holds us back.

Most inspirational runner?

Emily. She has always inspired me for her speed, and now I’m in serious awe of her commitment to ultra running, and how she’s growing and becoming so much smarter as a runner. I want to maybe one day run a 50K, but no more than that. Not only does Emily accomplish these amazing distances, she usually wins or places, too. I really admire her dedication and talent.

Who inspires you as a runner? How was your year in running?

And thanks to everyone who entered the Alii tri gear giveaway. Sorry about the Rafflecopter issues – I’ll definitely look into it before my next giveaway. I’ve notified the winner, who’s on her way to getting a lovely vest.

7 comments on “My Year in Running: 2014

  1. RFC

    Great recap! The one thing I will always remember about meeting Shalane was when she said her favorite post- run food is a cheeseburger and beer. Love it! Cheers to 2015, my friend!

  2. Misszippy1

    I love how your running pals always play front and center in your running–the best way to spend the miles. Adding in the beach–so much the better. Shalane is one of my faves, too.

    Thanks for joining!

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